1695 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

J. W., "On the Author Michael Drayton, Esq; and his Heroick Epistles" Drayton, Englands Heroical Epistles (1695) sig. A3.



See here Britannia's OVID, whose soft Pen
Transports the Grecian Loves to English men;
View his EPISTLES throughly, and behold
Our native Oar, coin'd in a Roman Mould;
Yet all is Standard, all Rose-noble Gold.
See here Britannia's LUCAN, whose rich Vein
In History, does antient Times explain,
In our fore-Father's out-of-Fashion Dress,
He do's a Noble Gallantry express,
Equal to that of Rome, and much above
The little Fopperies of modern Love.
The English Hero's Soul is all divine,
As is the Beauty of the Heroine:
Howe'er they disagree in Clime or Name,
The Lover and the Brave are still the same,
The Muses Treasure, and Delight of Fame.