1597 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Henry Lok, "To the valorous Knight, Sir Walter Rawleigh, Lord Warden of the Stannerie, and Captaine of the Guard" Lok, Ecclesiates (1597) Sig. X5v.



Of happinesse when as I hapt to write,
Me thoughts did make a period (Sir) in you,
Who being sworne to Mars, and Pallas knight,
They both with equall honor did endew,
And therefore might become a censurer trew,
Of greatest blessings men propound or find;
Vouchsafe you then this tract thereof to vew,
As if that Salomon had it assignd:
Whose interest in you expects your kind
And grate acceptance of his grave advise,
From whom (though many other men were blind)
He chalengeth a doome right godly and wise:
But as for me his messenger, suffiseth
The prayse, too truly speake what he deviseth.