1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

George Chalmers, in Supplemental Apology for the Believers in the Shakspeare-Papers (1799) 26n.



The world is indebted to the diligence of Mr. Malone for the discovery of this important fact in the Pat. Roll of the 33d Elizabeth p. 3. I say important fact; because it establishes truth, in opposition to falsehood; it frees the memory of Burleigh from much obloquy; it shows, that Spenser never could have been in great want: For fifty pounds a year went far in the affairs of life, during those frugal times: But, he was never poet Laureat, as the biographers assert, though he talks, in his Amoretti, of having the Laurel.