Poet Michael Drayton was born in 1563 in Warwickshire, England and lived until 1631. He was a believer in the opportunities of new land in America, and invested in Raleigh’s early Virginia Voyage, preparative to the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia. Although Drayton didn’t attend Oxford or Cambridge, he gained what was needed to pen this verse in his lifelong love of a daughter in the house where he was once a page. He remained devoted to Anne Goodere (or Goodyere) throughout his life, and after she married, remained a friend of both husband and wife. Drayton himself never married. On his deathbed he continued to write verses in Anne’s praise. While Drayton also wrote odes, ballads, and other poetry, I most admire this love sonnet.
Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part --