The Text

The text of Poly-Olbion has been divided according to the page breaks in the original 1623 edition. Pages 1-13 contain the poem, whilst John Selden's Illustrations begin at the bottom of page 13.

Each page of the poem contains the numbered lines of the poem itself on the left, with Drayton and Selden's marginal notes contained in blue-bordered boxes to the right, indicated in the text by alphabetised markers, or asterisks. Section markers (§) indicate lines to which one of Selden's Illustrations are attached, and the markers themselves point to the relevant Illustration.

To navigate around the text, start here and use either the Previous/Next links to move between pages, or jump around the text by using the drop-down menu located at the top right of the page. At the top of each of Selden's Illustrations (with the exception of the first), the line (or lines) of poetry to which the Illustration refer(s) is hyperlinked back to its position within the text. The numbered editorial notes are contained at the bottom of each page beneath a horizontal rule, with the line numbers to which they refer marked in italics.

Use the search box on the right to search the complete text of the poem. Search results will display the contextual line, which is linked to the relevant page of the poem.





The Poly-Olbion: Song 1 file was encoded in TEI by Lee Durbin.
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