1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

William Oldys?, in Memoir of Spenser, Faerie Queene, ed. Church (1758) 1:xix.



Hobbinol (Spenser's chief Friend at the University) was Gabriel Harvey, of Trinity Hall, made Dr. of Law in 1585. This acquaintance is all we have to mention of Spenser at Cambridge: for the Story of his standing for a Fellowship, and being set aside, is so probably a mistake, that we shall drop it. But Harvey was so amiable a Man and so ingenious, that we cannot wonder at their intimacy, and at the very great deference Spenser pays to his judgment. Though there are many poetical things of this Gentleman extant; yet we might be sure of his Genius, if it were only from that beautiful Poem of his under the name of Hobbinol before the Fairy Queen. He seems to have lived to 1630; and was probably then above 70.