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Drayton, Michael    Poet's Biography
98 poems available by this author


A HYMNE TO HIS LADIES BIRTH-PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Coventry, that do'st adorne
Last Line: And strike the slave for ever dumbe.
Subject(s): Coventry, England; Godiva, Lady (1140-1180)


A SKELTONIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The muse should be sprightly
Last Line: How well to live, and not how long.


AGINCOURT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair stood the wind for france
Last Line: Such a king harry?
Variant Title(s): The Ballad Of Agincourt;ode To The Cambro-britons;ode: 12;to The Cambro-britons, And Their Harp;agincourt: The Battle;his Battle Of Agincourt;to The Cambro-britans, And Their Harpe, His Ballad Of Agincourt
Subject(s): Agincourt, Battle Of (1415); Courage; Henry V, King Of England (1387-1422); War; Valor; Bravery


AN AMOURET ANACREONTICK    Poem Text    
First Line: Most good, most faire
Last Line: Happie so loving.
Subject(s): Anacreon (582-485 B.c.); Poetry & Poets


AN ELEGIE UPON THE DEATH OF THE LADY PENELOPE CLIFTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Must I needes write, who's he that can refuse
Last Line: Cast up your eyes, and sigh for my applause.
Subject(s): Clifton, Lady Penelope Rich (1590-1613)


AN ODE WRITTEN IN THE PEAK    Poem Text    
First Line: This while we are abroad
Last Line: The muse is still in ure.
Subject(s): Derbyshire, England; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


CANZONET: TO HIS COY LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I pray thee leave, love me no more
Last Line: I cannot live without thee.
Subject(s): Desire; Love


COMMENDATORY VERSE TO WILLIAM BROWNE OF TAVISTOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Drive forth thy flock, young pastor, to that plain
Last Line: As thou young shepherd art belov'd of me!
Subject(s): Browne, William (1591-1645)


ELEGY: OF HIS LADIES NOT COMING TO LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: That ten-years-travel'd greek return'd from sea
Last Line: So would I not have you but come away.
Subject(s): Absence; London; Separation; Isolation


HIS DEFENCE AGAINST THE IDLE CRITICK    Poem Text    
First Line: The ryme nor marres, nor makes
Last Line: To keepe above my fate.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


IDEA'S MIRROR: 38    Poem Text    
First Line: If chaste and pure devotion of my youth
Last Line: Yet, fair unkind, too good to be disgraced.


IDEA'S MIRROR: 46    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet secrecy, what tongue can tell thy worth
Last Line: The lively image of divinity.


IDEA: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an adventurous seafarer am I
Last Line: My tedious travels and oft-varying fate.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


IDEA: 1. LOVE'S LUNACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do I speak of joy, or write of love
Last Line: Now do I curse her, then again I bless her.
Subject(s): Love


IDEA: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: To nothing fitter can I thee compare
Last Line: I give thee back, when all the rest is spent.


IDEA: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: You not alone, when you are still alone
Last Line: From my self you, or from your own self I.
Variant Title(s): Give Me Self
Subject(s): Love


IDEA: 12. TO THE SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: That learn'd father, who so firmly proves
Last Line: Which my heart, lighten'd by thy love, doth see.


IDEA: 13. TO THE SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Letters and lines we see are soon defac'd
Last Line: May in my shadow my love's story read.
Subject(s): Love; Shadows


IDEA: 14. TO TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: If he from heaven that filched that living fire
Last Line: Thus poor thieves suffer when the greater 'scape.
Subject(s): Prometheus


IDEA: 15. HIS REMEDY FOR LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since to obtain thee nothing will be stead
Last Line: Little I'll say, but think the devil's in me.
Variant Title(s): "since To Obtaine Thee Nothing Me Will Sted"";
Subject(s): Love


IDEA: 16. AN ALLUSION TO THE PHOENIX    Poem Text    
First Line: Mongst all the creatures in this spacious round
Last Line: So you of time shall live beyond the end.
Subject(s): Phoenix (Mythical Bird)


IDEA: 17. TO TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay, speedy time, behold, before thou pass
Last Line: That she is gone, her like again to see.
Subject(s): Time


IDEA: 18. TO THE CELESTIAL NUMBERS    Poem Text    
First Line: To this our world, to learning, and to heav'n
Last Line: Makes every one of these three nines a ten.
Subject(s): Numbers


IDEA: 19. TO HUMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: You cannot love, my pretty heart, and why?
Last Line: You love in hate, by hate to make me love you.
Subject(s): Hate; Love


IDEA: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart was slain, and none but you and I
Last Line: Yet heaven will still have murther out at last.


IDEA: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still
Last Line: By this good wicked spirit, sweet angel-devil.


IDEA: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: A witless gallant, a young wench that wooed
Last Line: And I lose you for all my love and pains.


IDEA: 22. TO FOLLY    Poem Text    
First Line: With fools and children, good discretion bears
Last Line: Some, wise in show, more fools indeed than they.


IDEA: 23    Poem Text    
First Line: Love banish'd heaven, on earth was held in scorn
Last Line: No marvel then though charity grow cold.
Variant Title(s): The Beggar;the Ghost;the Guest


IDEA: 24    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear some say, this man is not in love
Last Line: I laugh at fortune, as in jest to die.


IDEA: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: O why should nature niggardly restrain
Last Line: Let wolves and bears be charmed with my verse.


IDEA: 26. TO DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: I ever love where never hope appears
Last Line: Or all my hope for sorrow will be dead.
Subject(s): Despair


IDEA: 27    Poem Text    
First Line: Is not love here as 'tis in other climes
Last Line: Or only you do violate her laws.


IDEA: 28    Poem Text    
First Line: To such as say thy love I overprize
Last Line: The circumstance doth make it good or ill.


IDEA: 29. TO THE SENSES    Poem Text    
First Line: When conquering love did first my heart assail
Last Line: To cruel love my soul was first betray'd.
Variant Title(s): Play With Proverbs


IDEA: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking my pen, with words to cast my woe
Last Line: And I a bankrupt, quite undone by thee.


IDEA: 30. TO THE VESTALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Those priests which first the vestal fire begun
Last Line: Thy hallow'd temple only is my heart.


IDEA: 31. TO THE CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Methinks I see some crooked mimic jeer
Last Line: I scorn all earthly dung-bred scarabies.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


IDEA: 32. TO THE RIVER ANKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Our flood's-queen thames for ships and swans is crown'd
Last Line: That fair idea only lives by thee.
Subject(s): Rivers


IDEA: 33. TO IMAGINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Whilst yet mine eyes do surfeit with delight
Last Line: That eyes could think, or that my heart could see.
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


IDEA: 34. TO ADMIRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Marvel not love, though I thy power admire
Last Line: That this to me doth yet no wonder prove.


IDEA: 35. TO MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some misbelieving and profane in love
Last Line: Only by virtue that proceeds from thee.
Subject(s): Miracles


IDEA: 36. CUPID CONJURED    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou purblind boy, since thou hast been so slack
Last Line: To make her love, or, cupid, be thou damn'd.
Subject(s): Cupid; Eros


IDEA: 37    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear, why should you command me to my rest
Last Line: If when night comes you bid me go away.
Variant Title(s): Night And Day
Subject(s): Love


IDEA: 38    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting alone, love bids me go and write
Last Line: And love alone picks reason out of love.
Variant Title(s): "sitting Alone. Love Bids Me Goe And Write"";
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


IDEA: 39    Poem Text    
First Line: Some, when in rhyme they of their loves do tell
Last Line: Only I call on my divine idea.


IDEA: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright star of beauty, on whose eye-lids sit
Last Line: Be you most worthy, whilst I am most true.
Variant Title(s): Ida: Sonnet To The Lady L.s.


IDEA: 40    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart the anvil where my thoughts do beat
Last Line: And turn the wheel with damned ixion.
Variant Title(s): My Smithy


IDEA: 42    Poem Text    
First Line: Some men there be, which like my method well
Last Line: Writing her praise I cannot write amiss.


IDEA: 43    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should your fair eyes with such sovreign grace
Last Line: Heav'ns are not kind to them that know them most.
Variant Title(s): A Remonstrance


IDEA: 44    Poem Text    
First Line: Whilst thus my pen strives to eternize thee
Last Line: My name shall mount upon eternity.


IDEA: 45    Poem Text    
First Line: Muses, which sadly sit about my chair
Last Line: Kinder than she whom I so long have lov'd.


IDEA: 46    Poem Text    
First Line: Plain-path'd experience, th' unlearned's guide
Last Line: It furthers justice, but helps not the dead.


IDEA: 47    Poem Text    
First Line: In pride of wit, when high desire of fame
Last Line: All that I seek is to eternize you.


IDEA: 48    Poem Text    
First Line: Cupid, I hate thee, which I'd have thee know
Last Line: Thou, her blind son, may'st sit by them and play.
Subject(s): Love


IDEA: 49    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou leaden brain, which censur'st what I write
Last Line: Come thou, and read, admire, applaud my lines.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


IDEA: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing but no, and aye, and aye, and no?
Last Line: "then answer ""no,"" and ""aye,"" and ""aye"" and ""no."
Variant Title(s): "nothing But No And I, And I And No"";


IDEA: 50    Poem Text    
First Line: As in some countries far remote from hence
Last Line: Only to show her beauty's sovereign power.


IDEA: 51    Poem Text    
First Line: Calling to mind since first my love began
Last Line: Yet am I still inviolate to you.


IDEA: 52    Poem Text    
First Line: What? Dost thou mean to cheat me of my heart?
Last Line: Or, if thou hast, it is a flinty one.


IDEA: 53. ANOTHER TO THE RIVER ANKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Clear anker, on whose silver-sanded shore
Last Line: And thou, sweet anker, art my helicon.
Subject(s): Rivers


IDEA: 54    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet read at last the story of my woe
Last Line: By chaste desire, true love, and virtuous praise.


IDEA: 55    Poem Text    
First Line: My fair, if thou wilt register my love
Last Line: When darkness hath obscur'd each other light.


IDEA: 56    Poem Text    
First Line: When like an eaglet I first found my love
Last Line: It after thee is, like an eaglet, flown.
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles; Love - Beginnings; Love - Nature Of


IDEA: 57    Poem Text    
First Line: You best discern'd of my mind's inward eyes
Last Line: In your perfections so much am I lost.


IDEA: 58    Poem Text    
First Line: In former times such as had store of coin
Last Line: Not to avail you, nor do the others good.


IDEA: 59    Poem Text    
First Line: As love and I, late harbour'd in one inn
Last Line: Fools as we met, so fools again we parted.


IDEA: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: How many paltry, foolish, painted things
Last Line: Still to survive in my immortal song.
Variant Title(s): "idea's Mirror: 6;i Give Thee Eternity;immortality In Song;her Fame;""how Many Paltry, Foolish, Painted Things"";
Subject(s): Love; Virtue


IDEA: 60    Poem Text    
First Line: Define my weal, and tell the joys of heav'n
Last Line: Can show a second to so pure a love.


IDEA: 61    Poem Text    
First Line: Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part
Last Line: From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.
Variant Title(s): "valediction;love's Parting;love's Farewell;come, Let Us Kisse And Parte;farewell;the Parting;""since Ther's No Helpe, Come Let Us Kisse And Part"";
Subject(s): Farewell; Goodere, Anne; Love; Parting


IDEA: 62    Poem Text    
First Line: When first I ended, then I first began
Last Line: Burn'd in a sea of ice and drown'd amidst a fire.


IDEA: 63    Poem Text    
First Line: Truce, gentle love, a parley now I crave
Last Line: Thou vanquishing, the conquest is mine own.


IDEA: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Love in a humour play'd the prodigal
Last Line: What 'tis to keep a drunkard company.
Variant Title(s): "love, In A Humor, Play'd The Prodigall"";


IDEA: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: There's nothing grieves me, but that age should haste
Last Line: Then would I make thee read but to despite thee.


IDEA: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: As other men, so I myself, do muse
Last Line: (not too far past) may to their wits be brought.


IDEA: TO THE READER OF THESE SONNETS, INTRODUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Into these loves, who but for passion looks
Last Line: That cannot long one fashion entertain.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets; Virtue


LOVES CONQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Wer't granted me to choose
Last Line: To get out of this maze.
Subject(s): Love


NYMPHIDIA: THE COURT OF FAIRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Old chaucer doth of thopas [or topas] tell
Last Line: And thus I left them feasting.
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


ODES. TO HIMSELFE, AND THE HARPE    Poem Text    
First Line: And why not I, as hee
Last Line: Although in skelton's ryme.
Subject(s): Horace (65-8 B.c.); Pindar (522-440 B.c.)


ODES. TO THE WORTHY KNIGHT, AND MY NOBLE FRIEND, SIR HENRY GOODERE    Poem Text    
First Line: These lyric pieces, short, and few
Last Line: Your liking can commend them.
Subject(s): Goodyer, Sir Henry (1571-1627); Goodyere, Sir Henry (1571-1627)


THE CRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Good folk, for gold or hire
Last Line: Or send it back to me.
Variant Title(s): The Cryer
Subject(s): Hearts


THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: If thus we needs must goe
Last Line: For it too vile and low.
Subject(s): Hearts


THE SACRIFICE TO APOLLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Priests of apollo, sacred be the roome
Last Line: Sound, whilst his altars endlesse flames expire.
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Sacrifices


TO CUPID    Poem Text    
First Line: Maidens, why spare ye?
Last Line: More good they had taught him.
Subject(s): Cupid; Eros


TO HIS RIVALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Her lov'd I most
Last Line: And helpe to beare you out, sir.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


TO HIS VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Muse, bid the morne awake
Last Line: Else muse, awake her not.
Subject(s): Holidays; Valentine's Day


TO MASTER GEORGE SANDYS TREASURER FOR THE ENGLISH COLONY IN VIRGINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend, if you thinke my papers may supplie
Last Line: So (noble sandis) for this time adue.
Subject(s): News; Sandys, George (1578-1644); Virginia (State)


TO MY MOST DEARELY-LOVED FRIEND HENERY REYNOLDS ESQUIRE, OF POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: My dearely loved friend how oft have we
Last Line: And so my deare friend, for this time adue.
Subject(s): Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616); Beaumont, Sir John (1583-1627); Bryan, Sir Francis (D. 1550); Dramatists; Drummond, William (1585-1649); Gascoigne, George (1525-1577); Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Reynolds, Henry (17th Century); Sylvester, Joshu


TO MY NOBLE FRIEND MASTER WILLIAM BROWNE: OF THE EVIL TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear friend, be silent and with patience see
Last Line: Hees worth lamenting, that for her doth fall.
Subject(s): Browne, William (1591-1645)


TO THE NEW YEERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Rich statue, double-faced
Last Line: The diadem that beares.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


TO THE NOBLE LADY, THE LADY I.S. OF WORLDLY CROSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Madame, to shew the smoothnesse of my vaine
Last Line: Be ever good, that I may love you ever.


TO THE VIRGINIAN VOYAGE [1611]    Poem Text    
First Line: You brave heroic [heroique] minds
Last Line: To after-times thy wit.
Variant Title(s): Ode: 11
Subject(s): Freedom; Patriotism; Virginia (State); Liberty


TO WILLIAM JEFFREYS, CHAPLAINE TO THE LORD AMBASSADOUR IN SPAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: My noble friend, you challenge me to write
Last Line: And so my jeffreyes for this time adue.
Subject(s): News


UPON THE DEATH OF HIS FRIEND, SIR HENRY RAYNSFORD OF CLIFFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Could there be words found to expresse my lose
Last Line: As I doe his, who was a thousand friends.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


UPON THE DEATH OF MISTRIS ELIANOR FALLOWFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Accursed death, what neede was there at all
Last Line: That many a great one hath not after death.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


UPON THE DEATH OF THE LADY OLIVE STANHOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Canst thou depart and be forgotten so?
Last Line: Of all the rest, record thee for the prime.
Subject(s): Stanhope, Lady Olivia Beresford (B.1591)


UPON THE NOBLE LADY ASTONS DEPARTURE FOR SPAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I many a time have greatly marveil'd, why
Last Line: To send health to her, and her home to me.
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


UPON THE THREE SONNES OF THE LORD SHEFFIELD, DROWNED IN HUMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Light sonnets hence, and to loose lovers flie
Last Line: Their fatall losse, in their sad aniverse.
Subject(s): Drowning; Sons