The First Song
The French IlandsThe Channel
Islands. William Hole’s accompanying map terms the body of water
surrounding these islands ‘The French Sea’. Cf. Saxton’s ‘Oceanus Brittanicus’ and
Camden’s ‘Mare Britannicum’.
Beares-up with Neptunerises with the sea (as
it approaches the land). Drayton perhaps uses the verb for its specific
nautical resonances.; cf. Daniel’s description of a pirate in pursuit who ‘Works
for the winds, plyes sayles, beares up a pace, / Out-runnes the clowdes, scoures
after her that flyes’ (Aa2v).