I d e a.
by Michael Drayton
IN former times such as had store of coin,
In wars at home, or when for conquests bound,
For fear that some their treasure should purloin,
Gave it to keep to spirits within the ground,
And to attend it them as strongly tied
Till they returned ; home when they never came,
Such as by art to get the same have tried
From the strong Spirit by no means force the same ;
Nearer men come, that further flies away,
Striving to hold it strongly in the deep.
Even as this spirit, so you alone do play
With those rich beauties Heaven gives you to keep ;
Pity, so left to the coldness of your blood,
Not to avail you, nor do others good !
Drayton, Michael. Idea.
Daniel's Delia and Drayton's Idea. Arundell Esdaile, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1908. 125.
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