Amour 24

Michael Drayton

Our floods-Queene, Thames, for shyps and Swans is crowned,
    And stately Seuerne for her shores is praised,
    The christall Trent for Foords and fishe renowned,
    And Auons fame to Albyons Cliues is raysed.
    Carlegion Chester vaunts her holy Dee,
    Yorke many wonders of her Ouse can tell,
    The Peake her Doue, whose bancks so fertill bee,
    And Kent will say her Medway doth excell.
    Cotswoold commends her Isis and her Tame,
    Our Northern borders boast of Tweeds faire flood;
    Our Westerne parts extoll theyr Wilys fame,
    And old Legea brags of Danish blood:
      Ardens sweet Ankor, let thy glory be
      That fayre Idea shee doth liue by thee.

The Anker ran through the grounds of Polesworth Hall, the home of Drayton's muse, Ann Goodere ("Idea").