1602 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Sir John Beaumont, "To my loving friend Master Michael Drayton" Beaumont, Metamorphosis of Tobacco (1602) sig. A2.



The tender labour of my wearie pen,
And doubtfull triall of my first-borne rimes,
Loaths to adorne the triumphs of those men,
Which hold the raines of fortune, and the times:
Only to thee, which art with joy possest
Of the faire hill, where troupes of Poets band,
Where thou enthron'd with Laurell garlands blest,
Maist lift me up with thy propitious hand;
I send this poeme, which for nought doth care,
But words for words, and love for love to share.