1631 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Francis Quarles, Epitaph for Drayton, in Robert Aris Willmott, Lives of Sacred Poets (1834) 205.



Do, pious marble, let thy readers know
What they, and what their children, owe
To Drayton's name, whose sacred dust
We recommend unto thy trust.
Protect his memory, and preserve his story,
Remain a lasting monument of his glory.
And when thy ruins shall disclaim
To be the treasurer of his name,
His name, that cannot fade, shall be
An everlasting monument to thee.

In the folio edition of Drayton's works, 1748, these verses are attributed to Ben Jonson, but they are here given to Quarles upon the authority of his intimate friend, Marshall, the "stonecutter of Fetter-Lane," who erected the monument, and told Aubrey that Quarles was the author.