1597 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gervase Markham

Robert Allott, "To my most affectionate Friend, Jervis Markham" Markham, Devoreux (1597) sig. A3.



To worthy Devoreux, Armes, and after Age,
A wondrous Colosse doth thy Muse inhaunce,
His boistrous feete are fixed on the stage
Of peacefull Albions strond, and fruitfull Fraunce,
Under whose forked Arch whole Navies ride
Filling their emptie sailes with Devoreux Fame,
That Fraunce, Spayne, Flaunders, and the world beside
Amazed stands to heare great Essex Name.
From out his eyes he darts the golden beames
Of perfit Honors never-setting Sunne,
Whose influence in each soule fresh courage streames
All this, nay more, thy sacred teares have donne,
Wing'd by thy fierie Muse they mount the skyes,
And move to weeping ruth heavens twinkling eyes.