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TO WILL D'AVENANT, MY FRIEND, UPON HIS POEM, 'MADAGASCAR', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I behold, by warrant from thy pen
Last Line: Than the dull issue of the lawful sheets.
Subject(s): Davenant, Sir William (1606-1668)


WHEN I behold, by warrant from thy pen,
A prince rigging our fleets, arming our men,
Conducting to remotest shores our force,
(Without a Dido to retard his course),
And thence repelling in successful fight
Th' usurping foe, whose strength was all his right,
By two brave heroes (whom we justly may
By Homer's Ajax or Achilles lay):
I doubt the author of the Tale of Troy,
With him that makes his fugitive enjoy
The Carthage Queen, and think thy poem may
Impose upon posterity, as they
Have done on us. What though romances lie
Thus blended with more faithful history;
We of th' adult'rate mixture not complain,
But thence more characters of virtue gain;
More pregnant patterns of transcendent worth
Than barren and insipid Truth brings forth:
So oft the bastard nobler fortune meets
Than the dull issue of the lawful sheets.





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