Now if thou wouldst, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.
Note 1. This great sonnet first appeared in the 1619 folio of Draytons Works, and numbered lxi. of the sonnets Idea. I believe this to be a very personal sonnet, into which the poet put so much of the intensity of truth and experience that its expression, wrought by the genius of a poet like Drayton, could not be other than a creation of magnificent art. From Anacreon to Moore, I know of no lines on the old subject of lovers quarrels, distinguished for equal tenderness of sentiment . Especially may be observed the exquisite gracefulness in the transition from the familiar tone in the first part of the sonnet to the deeper feeling and higher strain of the imagination at the close. (Henry Reed, British Poets, I., 241.) As for Drayton, his one incomparable sonnet is Love Parting. That is almost the best in the language, if not quite. (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from Recollections of D. G. R., by T. Hall Caine.) [back]