1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry chiefly devotional of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1845) xvii-xviii.



This poet was born in 1503, and died in 1631. He enjoyed a high degree of popularity during his long life, and left a name still regarded with respect. His works are numerous, but the only volumes offering extracts suitable to these pages, written in the age of Elizabeth, are "Moyses in his Map of Miracles," and "The Harmonie of the Church: containing, The spiritual songes and holy hymnes of godly men, patriarkes, and prophets; all sweetly sounding to the praise and glory of the Highest." This latter work was published in 1591, and is not included in the editions of Drayton's collected poems.