A manuscript epigram on Spenser's death, B. M. Add. MS 21433, fol. 177v; there is an alternate version in BM Harleian 5353, fol. 2. Edited for MLN by Helen E. Sandison. The lines appear to answer the epigram attributed to Francis Beaumont, "On Master Edmund Spenser."
Helen E. Sandison: "The author, H. H., is undoubtedly Hugh Holland, since the quatrain is no more nor less than a variant of lines 8, 13, and 14 of his sonnet 'Upon the Lines and Life' of Shakespeare, prefaced to the First Folio. Perhaps the likeliest guess is that the praises, made current by their position in the Folio, have been quietly transferred 'in Spenseru[m],' by error or design" "Three Spenser Allusions" MLN 44 (1929) 161.
R. M. Cummings: "A variant of the first couplet in the quatrain printed below is quoted by Manningham in his Diary (B.M. MS. Harleian 5353, fol. 2)" Critical Heritage (1971) 106.
British Bibliographer: "Hugh Holland was born at Denbigh about 1563. he was bred at Westminster school (says Wood) while Camden taught there, a circumstance alluded to in the present elegy [Cypress Garland, 1625], which, upon the same authority, seems the only one of his pieces that has been printed. Of his manuscripts some of them were presented to the King, as in the present dedication, 'to my Lord the Duke of Buckingham's grace,' he says; 'It was to you that led me by the hand, not once, nor twice, to kisse that awful hand of his, to which I durst not have else aspired'" 4 (1814) 168.
Samuel Austin Allibone: "Hugh Holland, a poet. 'Mr. Camden's grateful scholar': (Bishop Nicholson's English Hist. Lib.).... Holland prefixed verses to the first folio edition of Shakspeare's Plays, and left some compositions in MS." Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 1:865.
He was and is, see then wher lies the odds
Once God of Poets now poet of the Gods
And though his line of life begone about
The life yet of his line shal never out.
[Modern Language Notes 44 (1929) 161]