1592 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

Edmund Spenser, "To the Right Worshipfull, my Singular Good Frend, M. Gabriell Harvey" in Harvey, Four Letters (1592) 75.



Harvey, the happy above happiest men
I read: that sitting like a Looker-on
Of this worldes dislikes of each condition:
And as one carelesse of suspition,
Ne fawnest for the favour of the great:
Ne fearest foolish reprehension
Of faulty men, which daunger to thee threat
But freely doest, or what thee list, entreat,
Like a great Lord of peerelesse liberty:
Lifting the Good up to high Honours seat,
And the Evill damning evermore to dy.
For Life, and Death is in thy doomefull writing:
So thy renowme lives ever by endighting.