1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Samuel Sheppard, "On the Death of that incomparable Hero, Sir Walter Rawleigh Knight" Epigrams (1651) 61-62.



Like to the Athenians, when with furious ire,
Against learn'd Socrates they did conspire,
After his death themselv's were like to slay
For sorrow they had made him so away:
And having carv'd his Statue out in brasse,
Erected it within their Market place,
And to him offered Myrhe, and Spicerie,
Adoring him, as if some Deitie.

So we, while thou on earth with us didst live,
Slighted thy worth, not having hearts to give
Thee thanks, and honour for that* gift of thine,
The lovely Issue of thy braines divine:
But now thou art not with us, we look on
Thy book, and wonder at thee being gone.
Rest sacred spirit, while thy work shall be
Devoutly honoured by Posteritie.

* History of the World.