1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Thomas Overbury

B. G., "Upon the untimely Death of Sir Thomas Overbury" Sir Thomas Overburie, His Wife, with New Elegies (1616) sig. ¶8v.



If for to live be but a misery,
If by death good men gaine eternity,
Twas friendly done in robbing thee of life,
To celebrate thy nuptials with thy wife;
So that his will no other aime intended,
But by exchange thy life should be amended:
Yet wert to compasse his insatiate Lust,
He this last friendship tendred to thy: trust
Whiles he dishonour'd and defam'd may die,
Justice and Fame, shall crowne thy memorie.
B. G. medy. Temp.