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Selected Poetry of Michael Drayton (1563-1631)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me
        (Idea LXI, 1-2)
  1. Endimion and Phoebe (excerpt)
  2. Idea: To the Reader of these Sonnets
  3. Idea VI (How many paltry, foolish, painted things)
  4. Idea XX (An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still)
  5. Idea XXXI (Methinks I see some crooked mimic jeer)
  6. Idea XXXVII (Dear, why should you command me to my rest)
  7. Idea LI (Calling to mind since first my love begun)
  8. Idea LIII: To the River Ancor (Clear Ancor, on whose silver-sanded shore)
  9. Idea LXI (Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part)
  10. Noah's Flood
  11. Nymphidia, The Court Of Fairy (excerpt)
  12. Ode to the Cambro-Britons and their Harp, His Ballad of Agincourt
  13. Ode to the Virginian Voyage


Notes on Life and Works

The standard edition of Drayton's works is by J. W. Hebel, K. Tillotson, and B. H. Newdigate (5 vols.; Oxford: Blackwell, 1931-41). The Poems are edited by E. J. M. Buxton ("Muses' Library" 2 vols., London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1953).

Biographical information

Given name: Michael
Family name: Drayton
Birth date: 1563
Death date: 1631
Nationality: English
Language: English
Patron: Countess of Bedford
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Page
Residence: Hartshill, Atherston, Warwickshire: 1563
Illness: Tertiary
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1994-1997