1611 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

John Davies of Hereford, "To myne honest as loving Friend Mr. Michael Drayton" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:60.



Michaell where art thou? what's become of thee?
Have the nyne wenches stolne thee from thy selfe?
Or from their conversation dost thou flee
Sith they are rich in science not in pelfe?
Bee not unconstant (Michaell) in thy love
To girles so gracefull in the hart and face;
Although thereby thou maist a poet prove,
(That's poore as Job) yet ever those embrace
By whome thou dost enjoy a heav'n on earth;
And in the vale of teares, a mount of mirth.