1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Geoffrey Whitney

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry chiefly devotional of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1845) xx-xxi.



GEFFREY WHITNEY wrote "A choice of Emblemes, and other Devises, for the moste parte gathered out of sundrie writers, Englished and moralized, and divers newly devised. A worke adorned with varietie of matter, both pleasant and profitable: wherein those that please maye finde to fit theft fancies: Bicause herein by the office of the eie, and the eare, the minde may reape dooble delight throughe holesome preceptes, shadowed with pleasand devises: both fit for the vertuous, to their incoraging; and for the wicked; for their admonishing." From one of the emblems in this volume, which was printed at Leyden in 1586, it appears that the author was a native of Cheshire, it being inscribed, "To my countrimen of the Namptwiche in Cheshire;" the wood-cut of which represents a phoenix rising from the flames, and the lines underneath allude to the rebuilding of Namptwiche after a dreadful fire which consumed a great part of it in 1593. Each emblem is illustrated by a woodcut. Thus the emblem, having for its motto "Super est quod supra est," which is here reprinted, has a print representing a pilgrim leaving the world (a geographical globe) behind, and travelling towards the symbol of the divine name in glory at the opposite extremity of the scene.