1] Probably written early in 1605.
6] Essex' ... Tyrone ... gain. Essex was executed in February 1601; Tyrone, leader of an Irish rebellion, gained his peace when surrendering to Mountjoy in 1603.
7] Queen Elizabeth died on March 24, 1603.
8] King's fair entrance. James I reached London on May 7, 1603, but coronation ceremonies were delayed because of the plague.
our peace with Spain. A treaty with Spain was concluded in August 1604.
9] England's alliance with Holland was brought to an end by the Spanish treaty.
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Original text: Michael Drayton, Poems (W. Stansby for J. Swethwicke, 1619). STC 7222. Facs. edn.: Scolar Press, 1969. PR 2255 A1 1619A.
First publication date: 1605
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1.131.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/26
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