1695 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Edwine Sadleyr, "To the Stationer on this new and correct Impression of England's Heroical Epistles"Drayton, Englands Heroical Epistles (1695) sig. A4v.



Go on, industriously, and give
(Whilst Wit and Poesie shall live)
New Light to DRAYTON, whose unequall'd Quill
Disdains all vain Essays of modern skill.
The Nine grown Housewives now do ne'er inspire
Such double Portions of aetherial Fire;
As once they did in those his days, but since
In scantier measures do their warmth dispence.

Forth then, thou Objects of the Criticks Eye,
Beyond th' Efforts of all our Poesie;
Expose refin'd and various Delights,
And glut the nicest Readers Appetites.
Since the melodious Thracian Orpheus sung,
No Harp was ever better Touch'd or Strung.
His Angel-sounds, methinks, the blood more warms
Than all the Pow'rs of Chast Matilda's Charms,
Could th' Royal Lover's Breast; which, whilst he sings,
Some Magick moves the mind's internal Springs.
Edwine Sadleyr, Baronet.