1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1791) 1:317.



The origin of Raleigh's advancement in the Queen's graces, was by an action of gallantry, which perfectly gratified her Majesty, not insensible to flattery. He found the Queen taking a walk; and a wet place incommoding her royal footsteps, Raleigh immediately spread his new plush cloak across the miry place. The Queen stepped cautiously on it, and passed over dry; but not without a particular observation of him who had given her so eloquent, though silent, a flattery. Shortly afterwards, from Captain Raleigh, he became Sir Walter, and rapidly advanced in the Queen's favour.