The Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume 1

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F. C. & J. Rivington, 1805

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Page clxviii - And, I have also this truth to say of the author, that he was in his time a man generally known, and as well beloved ; for he was humble, and obliging in his behaviour ; a gentleman, a schola'r, very innocent and prudent ; and indeed his whole life was useful, quiet, and virtuous.
Page xx - Newe bookes I heare of none, but only of one,* that writing a certaine booke called The Schoole of Abuse, and dedicating it to Maister Sidney, was for hys labor scorned : if, at leaste, it be in the goodnesse of that nature to scorne.
Page lxxiii - The nobility of the Spencers has been illustrated and enriched by the trophies of Marlborough ; but I exhort them to consider the Fairy Queen* as the most precious jewel of their coronet.
Page xxx - I beseeche you by all your curtesies and graces, let me be answered ere I goe ; which will be (I hope, I feare, I thinke) the next weeke, if I can be dispatched of my Lorde. I goe thither, as sent by him, and maintained most what of him ; and there am to employ my time, my body, my minde, to his Honours seruice.
Page 181 - About this cloister was artificially and richly painted the Dance of Machabray, or Dance of Death, commonly called the Dance of Paul's ; the like whereof was painted about St. Innocent's cloister at Paris, in France. The metres, or poesy of this dance...
Page clxxxiv - ... is the poet of Nature, in adapting the affections and passions to his characters; and Spenser in describing her delightful scenes and rural beauties. His lines are most musically sweet; and his descriptions most delicately abundant, even to a wantonness of painting: but still it is the music and painting of Nature. We find no ambitious ornaments, or epigrammatical turns, in his writings, but a beautiful simplicity; which pleases far above the glitter of pointed wit.
Page xcii - Yet wondred he left out thy memory. But therefore gest I he supprest thy name, Because few words might not comprise thy fame.
Page 202 - And promised of timely fruite such store, Are left both bare and barrein now at erst ; The flattring fruite is fallen to grownd before.
Page clxiv - Spenser wanted only to have read the rules of Bossu; for no man was ever born with a greater genius, or had more knowledge to support it.
Page 179 - The sonne of all the world is dimme and darke: The earth now lacks her wonted light, And all we dwell in deadly night: O heavie herse!

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