1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Richard Graves?, "On Sir Walter Raleigh" The Festoon: a Collection of Epigrams (1766) 105.



O! hadst thou serv'd the heroine all thy days;
Had Heav'n from storms of envy screen'd thy bays;
Hadst thou still flourish'd in a warlike reign,
Thy sword had made a conquest like thy pen!
But nought to such untimely fate could bring
The valiant subject, but a tim'rous king.