1621 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

William Slatyer, in The History of Great Britainie (1621); Censura Literaria 9 (1809) 33-34.



Dear Divine Drayton, I admire
Thy lays inspir'd with Delphian fire,
On whose plain song seld one more blest
For Graces minion, Muse's guest;
Seld one more seen in old Folk-mote
Descants a most delicious note;
Do not envy me, though I sing
In rural tunes such highest things.
Your lays will live, tho' mine do die,
Sung long erst, I confess it, I;
Thy Poly-Olbion did invite
My Palae-Albion thus to write.
Thy songs, mine Odes, thy poesy,
My harsh tunes, notes rude symphony;
Thine ancient Albion's modern glories,
Mine modern Olbion's ancient stories;
This th' only difference; mine's born dying,
Thinse sure on Fame's wing ever flying.