1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Whetstone

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



WHETSTONE was a noted writer in the age of Elizabeth. His works in prose and verse are numerous: one affords a specimen for these pages. This was published in 1576, and is entitled "The Rocke of Regard: divided into foure parts: the first, the Castle of Delight; the second, the Garden of Unthriftinesse; the third, the Arbour of Vertue; and the fourth, the Orchard of Repentance." It is from the fourth part of this volume that the extract is derived; the language of the whole of which is that of repentance for a life of folly.