1647 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

James Shirley, "Upon the Printing of Mr. John Fletcher's Workes" Beaumont and Fletcher, Comedies and Tragedies (1647) sig. gv.



What meanes this numerous Guard? or do we come
To file our Names or Verse upon the Tombe
Of Fletcher, or by boldly making knowne
His Wit, betray the Nothing of our Owne?
For if we grant him dead, it is as true
Against our selves, No Wit, no Poet now;
Or if he be returnd from his coole shade,
To us, this Booke his Resurrection's made,
We bleed our selves to death, and but contrive
By our owne Epitaphs to shew him alive.
But let him live and let me prophesie,
As I goe Swan-like out, Our Peace is nigh;
A Balme unto the wounded Age I sing,
And nothing now is wanting but the King.