Nevves from Virginia.
The lost Flocke
Triumphant.
With the happy Arriual of that famous and
worthy Knight Sr. Thomas Gates: and the well
reputed & valiant Captaine Mr. Chri-
stopher Newporte, and others,
into England.

With the maner of their distresse in the
Iland of Deuils (otherwise called Bermoothawes)
where they remayned 42 weekes, & builded
two Pynaces, in which they returned
into Virginia.
 
 

By R. Rich, Gent. one of the Voyage.
L O N D O N
Printed by Edw : Allde, and are to be solde by John
Wright at Christ-Church dore. 1610.


To the Reader.

Reader, how to style
thee I knowe not, per-
haps Learned, perhaps 
unlearned: Happily cap-
tious, happily enuious:
indeed what or how to 
tearme thee I know not, 
only as I began I will proceede. 

   Reader, thou dost peraduenture imagine 
that I am mercenarie in this busines, and 
write for money (as your moderne Poets
vse) hyred by some of those euer to be admi-
red Aduenturers, to flatter the world: No, 
I disclaime it, I haue knowne the Voyage, 
past the danger, seen that honorable work 
of Virginia, & I thanke God am arriud here 
to tell thee what I haue seen, don, & past: if
thou wilt belieue me so, if not so to: for I can-
not force thee but to thy owne liking: I am 
a Soldier, blunt and plaine, and so is the 


[page]
To the Reader.

phrase of my newes: and I protest it is true. 
If thou aske why I put it in Verse? I prethee 
know, it was onely to feede mine owne hu-
mour: I must confesse, that had I not debard 
my selfe of that large scope which to the writ-
ing of prose is allowed, I should haue much 
eased my seslfe, and giuen thee better content. 
But I intreat thee to take this as it is; and be-
fore many daies expire, I will promise thee 
the same worke more at large. 

   I did feare preuention by some of your 
writers, if they should haue gotten but some 
part of the newes by the tayle, and therefore 
thought it be rude, let it passe with thy liking, 
and in so doing I shall like well of thee: but 
how euer, I haue not long to stay: if thou wilt 
be vnnaturall to thy country-man, thou 
maist, I must not loose my partry monie; I am 
for Virginia againe, and so I will bid thee 
hartily farewell, with an honest verse: 
 

   As I came hether to see my natiue land, 
       to waft me back lend me thy gentle hand. 

Thy louing Country-man
R  R.

[page] 
Newes from Virginia
OF THE HAPPY A
rriual of that famous & worthy
knight Sir Thomas Gates and well 
reputed and valiant Captain 
Newport into England





It is no idle fabulous tale, 
   nor is it fayned newes: 
   For Truth herselfe is heere arriu'd, 
   because you should not muse. 
With her, both Gates and Newport come, 
   to tell Report dothe lye:
Which did deuulge vnto the world, 
   that they at Sea did dye. 
Tis true that Eleauen monthes and more, 
   these gallant worthy wights:
Was in the Shippe (Sea-venture nam'd)
   depriu'd Virginia's sight. 
And brauely did they glyde the maine, 
   till Neptune gan to frowne:
As if a Courser prowdly backt, 
   would throwe his ryder downe. 
[page]

The Seas did rage, the windes did blowe, 
   distressed were they then;
Their Ship did leake, her tacklings breake, 
   in daunger were her men. 
But heauen was Pylotte in this storme, 
   and to an Iland nere: 
Bermoothawes call'd, conducted then, 
   which did abate their feare. 



But yet these Worthies forced were, 
   opprest with weather againe:
To runne their Ship between two Rockes, 
   where she doth still remaine. 
And then on shoare the Iland came, 
   Inhabited by Hogges:
Some Foule and Tortoyses there were
   they onely had one Dogge

To kill these swyne, to yeild them food
   that little had to eate:
Their store was spent, and all things scant, 
   alas they wanted meate. 
A thousand hogges that dogge did kill, 
   their hunger to sustaine: 
And with such foode, did in that Ile
   two and forty weekes remaine. 
[page]

And there two gallant Pynases, 
   did build, of Seader-tree:
The braue Deliuerance one was call'd, 
   of seauenty Tonne was shee. 
The other Patience had to name, 
   ger burthen thirty Tonne:
Two only of their men which there, 
   pale death did ouercome. 



And for the losse of those two soules, 
   which were accounted deere:
A Sonne and Daughter then was borne
   and were Baptized there. 
The two and forty weekes being past, 
   they hoyst Sayle and away:
Their Ships with hogs well freighted were, 
   their harts with mickle ioy. 

And so vnto Virginia came, 
   wgere these braue Souldiers finde 
The English-men opprest with greife 
   and discontent in minde.
They seem'd distracted and forlorne, 
   for those two worthyes losse:
Yet at their home returne they ioyd, 
   among'st them some were crosse. 
[page]

And in the mid'st of discontent, 
   came noble Delaware
He heard the greifes on either part, 
   and sette them free from care. 
He comforts them and cheeres their hearts, 
   that they abound with ioy:
He feedes them full and feedes their soules, 
   with Gods word euery day. 



A discreet counsell he creates, 
   of men of worthy fame:
That noble Gates lieftenant was 
   the Admirall had to name. 
The worthy Sir George Somers knight, 
   and others of commaund:
Maister Georg Pearcy which is brother,
   unto Northumberland.

Sir Fardinando Wayneman knight
   and others of good fame:
That noble Lord, his company, 
   which to Virginia came
And landed there: his number was 
   One hundred Seauenty: then 
Ad to the rest and they make full, 
   foure hundred able men. 
[page]

Where they vnto their labour fall, 
   as men that meane to thriue:
Let's pray that heauen may blesse them all 
   and keep them long aliue. 
Those men that Vagrants liu'd with vs, 
   haue there deserued well:
Their Gouernour writes in their praise, 
   as diuers Letters tel. 



And to th' Aduenturers thus he writes, 
   be not dismayd at all: 
For scandall cannot doe vs wrong 
   God will not let vs fall. 
Let England knowe our willingnesse, 
   for that our worke is good, 
We hope to plant a Nation, 
   where none before hath stood. 

To glorifie the Lord tis done, 
   and to no other end: 
He that would crosse so good a worke, 
   to God can be no friend. 
There is no feare of hunger here, 
   for Corne much store here growes, 
Much fish the gallant Riuers yeild, 
   tis truth, without suppose. 
[page]

Great store of Fowle, of Venison, 
   of Grapes, and Mulberries, 
Of Chesnuts, Walnuts, and such like, 
   of friuts and Strawberries, 
There is indeed no want at all:
   but some condiciond ill, 
That with the worke should not goe on, 
   with words doe seeme to kill. 



And for an instance of their store, 
   the noble Delaware,
Hath for a present hither sent, 
   to testifie his care, 
In managing so good a worke, 
   two gallant ships: by name 
The Blessing and the Hercules
   well fraught, and in the same 

Two ships, are these commodities:
   Furres, Sturgeon, Cauiare, 
Blacke-walnut-tree, and some deale-boords, 
   with such they laden are:
Some Pearle, some Wainscot and clapbords, 
   with some Sassafras wood:
And Iron promist, for tis true, 
   their Mynes are very good. 
[page]

Then maugre scandall, false report, 
   or any opposition
Th' aduenturers doe thus deuulge:
   to men of good condition:
That he that wants shall haue reliefe,
   be he of honest mind:
Apparell, coyne, or any thing, 
   to such they will be kinde. 



To such as to Virginia
   do purpose to repaire:
And when that they shall thither come, 
   each man shall haue his share. 
Day wages for the Laborer, 
   and for his more content, 
A house and garden plot shall haue, 
   besides, t'is furtherment 

That euery man shall haue a part, 
   and not therof denaid:
Of generall profit, as if that he
   twelue pounds ten shillings paid, 
And he that in Virginia, 
   shall copper coyne receiue, 
For hyer or commodities, 
   and will the country leaue, 
[page]

Vpon deliuery of such coyne, 
   Vnto the Couernour:
Shall by exchange at his returne, 
   be by their Treasurer 
Paid him in London at first sight, 
   no man shall cause to grieue: 
For 'tis their generall will and wish
   that euery man should liue. 



The number of Aduenturers, 
   that are for this Plantation: 
Are full eight hundred worthy men, 
   some Noble, all of fashion. 
Good, discreet, their worke is good, 
   and as they haue begun:
May Heauen assist them in their worke, 
and thus our newes is done. 
F I N I S.




 


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Reader, how to style
thee I knowe not, per-
haps Learned, perhaps
unlearned: Happily cap-
tious, happily enuious:
indeed what or how to
tearme thee I know not,
only as I began I will proceede.

   Reader, thou dost peraduenture imagine
that I am mercenarie in this busines, and
write for money (as your moderne Poets
vse) hyred by some of those euer to be admi-
red Aduenturers, to flatter the world: No,
I disclaime it, I haue knowne the Voyage,
past the danger, seen that honorable work
of Virginia, & I thanke God am arriud here
to tell thee what I haue seen, don, & past: if
thou wilt belieue me so, if not so to: for I can-
not force thee but to thy owne liking: I am
a Soldier, blunt and plaine, and so is the


[page]
To the Reader.

phrase of my newes: and I protest it is true.
If thou aske why I put it in Verse? I prethee
know, it was onely to feede mine owne hu-
mour: I must confesse, that had I not debard
my selfe of that large scope which to the writ-
ing of prose is allowed, I should haue much
eased my selfe, and giuen thee better content.
But I intreat thee to take this as it is; and be-
fore many daies expire, I will promise thee
the same worke more at large.

   I did feare preuention by some of your
writers, if they should haue gotten but some
part of the newes by the tayle, and therefore
thought it be rude, let it passe with thy liking,
and in so doing I shall like well of thee: but
how euer, I haue not long to stay: if thou wilt
be vnnaturall to thy country-man, thou
maist, I must not loose my partry monie; I am
for Virginia againe, and so I will bid thee
hartily farewell, with an honest verse:
 

   As I came hether to see my natiue land,
       to waft me back lend me thy gentle hand.

Thy louing Country-man
R  R.

[page]
Newes from Virginia
OF THE HAPPY A
rriual of that famous & worthy
knight Sir Thomas Gates and well
reputed and valiant Captain
Newport into England





It is no idle fabulous tale,
   nor is it fayned newes:
   For Truth herselfe is heere arriu'd,
   because you should not muse.
With her, both Gates and Newport come,
   to tell Report dothe lye:
Which did deuulge vnto the world,
   that they at Sea did dye.
Tis true that Eleauen monthes and more,
   these gallant worthy wights:
Was in the Shippe (Sea-venture nam'd)
   depriu'd Virginia's sight.
And brauely did they glyde the maine,
   till Neptune gan to frowne:
As if a Courser prowdly backt,
   would throwe his ryder downe.
[page]

The Seas did rage, the windes did blowe,
   distressed were they then;
Their Ship did leake, her tacklings breake,
   in daunger were her men.
But heauen was Pylotte in this storme,
   and to an Iland nere:
Bermoothawes call'd, conducted then,
   which did abate their feare.



But yet these Worthies forced were,
   opprest with weather againe:
To runne their Ship between two Rockes,
   where she doth still remaine.
And then on shoare the Iland came,
   Inhabited by Hogges:
Some Foule and Tortoyses there were
   they onely had one Dogge

To kill these swyne, to yeild them food
   that little had to eate:
Their store was spent, and all things scant,
   alas they wanted meate.
A thousand hogges that dogge did kill,
   their hunger to sustaine:
And with such foode, did in that Ile
   two and forty weekes remaine.
[page]

And there two gallant Pynases,
   did build, of Seader-tree:
The braue Deliuerance one was call'd,
   of seauenty Tonne was shee.
The other Patience had to name,
   ger burthen thirty Tonne:
Two only of their men which there,
   pale death did ouercome.



And for the losse of those two soules,
   which were accounted deere:
A Sonne and Daughter then was borne
   and were Baptized there.
The two and forty weekes being past,
   they hoyst Sayle and away:
Their Ships with hogs well freighted were,
   their harts with mickle ioy.

And so vnto Virginia came,
   wgere these braue Souldiers finde
The English-men opprest with greife
   and discontent in minde.
They seem'd distracted and forlorne,
   for those two worthyes losse:
Yet at their home returne they ioyd,
   among'st them some were crosse.
[page]

And in the mid'st of discontent,
   came noble Delaware:
He heard the greifes on either part,
   and sette them free from care.
He comforts them and cheeres their hearts,
   that they abound with ioy:
He feedes them full and feedes their soules,
   with Gods word euery day.



A discreet counsell he creates,
   of men of worthy fame:
That noble Gates lieftenant was
   the Admirall had to name.
The worthy Sir George Somers knight,
   and others of commaund:
Maister Georg Pearcy which is brother,
   unto Northumberland.

Sir Fardinando Wayneman knight
   and others of good fame:
That noble Lord, his company,
   which to Virginia came
And landed there: his number was
   One hundred Seauenty: then
Ad to the rest and they make full,
   foure hundred able men.
[page]

Where they vnto their labour fall,
   as men that meane to thriue:
Let's pray that heauen may blesse them all
   and keep them long aliue.
Those men that Vagrants liu'd with vs,
   haue there deserued well:
Their Gouernour writes in their praise,
   as diuers Letters tel.



And to th' Aduenturers thus he writes,
   be not dismayd at all:
For scandall cannot doe vs wrong
   God will not let vs fall.
Let England knowe our willingnesse,
   for that our worke is good,
We hope to plant a Nation,
   where none before hath stood.

To glorifie the Lord tis done,
   and to no other end:
He that would crosse so good a worke,
   to God can be no friend.
There is no feare of hunger here,
   for Corne much store here growes,
Much fish the gallant Riuers yeild,
   tis truth, without suppose.
[page]

Great store of Fowle, of Venison,
   of Grapes, and Mulberries,
Of Chesnuts, Walnuts, and such like,
   of friuts and Strawberries,
There is indeed no want at all:
   but some condiciond ill,
That with the worke should not goe on,
   with words doe seeme to kill.



And for an instance of their store,
   the noble Delaware,
Hath for a present hither sent,
   to testifie his care,
In managing so good a worke,
   two gallant ships: by name
The Blessing and the Hercules,
   well fraught, and in the same

Two ships, are these commodities:
   Furres, Sturgeon, Cauiare,
Blacke-walnut-tree, and some deale-boords,
   with such they laden are:
Some Pearle, some Wainscot and clapbords,
   with some Sassafras wood:
And Iron promist, for tis true,
   their Mynes are very good.
[page]

Then maugre scandall, false report,
   or any opposition
Th' aduenturers doe thus deuulge:
   to men of good condition:
That he that wants shall haue reliefe,
   be he of honest mind:
Apparell, coyne, or any thing,
   to such they will be kinde.



To such as to Virginia,
   do purpose to repaire:
And when that they shall thither come,
   each man shall haue his share.
Day wages for the Laborer,
   and for his more content,
A house and garden plot shall haue,
   besides, t'is furtherment

That euery man shall haue a part,
   and not therof denaid:
Of generall profit, as if that he
   twelue pounds ten shillings paid,
And he that in Virginia,
   shall copper coyne receiue,
For hyer or commodities,
   and will the country leaue,
[page]

Vpon deliuery of such coyne,
   Vnto the Couernour:
Shall by exchange at his returne,
   be by their Treasurer
Paid him in London at first sight,
   no man shall cause to grieue:
For 'tis their generall will and wish
   that euery man should liue.



The number of Aduenturers,
   that are for this Plantation:
Are full eight hundred worthy men,
   some Noble, all of fashion.
Good, discreet, their worke is good,
   and as they haue begun:
May Heauen assist them in their worke,
and thus our newes is done.
F I N I S.