ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Walter Raleigh
The Traveller, "To a Person who subscribes his Writings with the Name of Raleigh" The British Journal (30 Jaunary 1731).
Sir Walter Raleigh:
1588: Thomas Churchyard
1595: Edmund Spenser
1597: Henry Lok
1598: Rev. Francis Meres
1602: Richard Carew
1618: John Pym
1618 ca.: Henry King
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1680 ca.: John Aubrey
1730: William Bond
1731: The Traveller
1740 ca.: William Oldys
1742: John Campbell
1750 ca.: Thomas Edwards
1762: Rev. John Langhorne
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1790: Edmond Malone
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1805: Rev. Henry John Todd
1812: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1820: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1832: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1836: Robert Southey
1842: C. H. Timperley
1844: Leigh Hunt
1845: Edward Farr
1880: John W. Hales
1882: James Russell Lowell
1882: Epes Sargent
1731: Sir Walter Raleigh
Hear You, who, fearless of the Brand of Shame,
Subscribe your Treasons with a Raleigh's Name.
He rose a Blessing to Eliza's Reign,
And spread her Glory o'er the Land and Main,
O'er distant Seas asserted England's Sway,
And sought new Worlds beneath the burning Day:
He toil'd unweary'd for his Country's Peace,
To make her Honour and her Wealth encrease;
All mercenary Views his Soul despis'd;
He bravely practic'd what he first advis'd.
When his great Mistress from her Throne retir'd,
With the same Ardor which his Youth inspir'd,
His Part he acted on the World's great Stage,
Nor droop'd beneath the Weight of Cares nor Age;
To the last Hour was his Allegiance try'd;
Loyal he prov'd to him by whose Commands he dy'd.
Such Raleigh was; whose Fame compar'd with thine,
Is such as Milton's when compar'd with mine.
What Seas, vain Wretch, what hostile Fields, afford
A single Instance, of thy conqu'ring Sword?
Say when, or where, for England hast thou bled?
What are the Counsels of thy factious Head?
Hast thou not join'd with a licentious Train,
That vilely has traduc'd thy Monarch's Reign?
Pull off the Mask; he acts a bolder Part,
Who takes a Name that well becomes his Heart:
Henceforth, to shew that you defy all Law,
Subscribe Yourself Wat Tyler, or Jack Straw.