1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Cartwright

Henry Lawes, "To the Memory of my most deserving and peculiar Friend Mr. Wil. Cartwright" Cartwright, Comedies, Tragi-Comedies, with other Poems (1651) sig. **.



Amidst their very Tears they'll smile to see
Me boldly venture at an Elegie
On Thee (sweet friend) a Subject fit for none
But those that have drunk deep at Helicon:
For how should I thy high-built Fame rehearse
Who hardly can distinguish Prose from Verse?
'Tis a sad Truth—

Yet here I must come in, my interest
Will claime as large a Sorrow as the Best:
For though my Grief wants Art and Words, yet I
Can Think aloud to thy dear Memory;
And may (while others Write) to after Times
Sing thy own Lasting Praise in thy own Rimes.