1595 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Arthur Gorges

Edmund Spenser, in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe (1595); Poetical Works, ed. De Selincourt (1912) 540.



And there is sad Alcyon, bent to mourne,
Though fit to frame an everlasting dittie,
Whose gentle spright for Daphne's death doth dourne
Sweet layes of love, to endlesse plaints of pittie.
Ah pensive boy, pursue that brave conceipt,
In thy sweet eglantine of Meriflure,
Lift up thy notes unto their wonted height,
That may thy Muse and mates to mirth allure.