1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Puttenham

Richard Ryan, in Poetry and Poets: being a Collection of the choicest Anecdotes relative to the Poets of every Age and Nation (1826) 1:18-19.



Puttenham, with his versifying pen, has drawn a portrait of Queen Elizabeth; and as she was, in her estimation, as beautiful as her ill-fated rival, Mary Queen of Scots, and as the poet was upon Elizabeth's pension list, he, doubtless, held up a deceitful mirror, and forbore to give the least inuendo whether her charms were natural or artificial. — This specimen will suffice.

Two lips wrought out of rubie rocke,
Like leaves to shut and to unlock,
As portall door in prince's chamber,
A golden tongue in mouth of amber,
Her bosom, sleek as Paris plaster,
Held up two balls of alabaster.