1602 ca.

In Spenserum.

Diary of John Manningham, of the Middle Temple, and of Bradbourne, Kent, Barrister-at-Law, 1602-1603.

John Manningham

From B.M. MS Harleian 5353: a bit of Hugh Holland's epigram on Spenser, collected as an undated item in Manningham's diary-commonplace book, published in 1868 as Camden Society Publications 99. The verses by "H. H." (Hugh Holland) are in B. M. Add. MS. 21433 fol. 177v; see R. M. Cummings, Critical Heritage (1971) 106.

On p. 43, in an entry dated 4 May, appear the verses Spenser supposedly composed on Burghley: "It pleased your Grace upon a time | To grant me reason for my rime, | But from that time until this season | I heard of neither rime nor reason." The lines also appear in a letter of 1593; see John Payne Collier, Poetical Works of Spenser (1862; 1875) 1:lxvi n.

Famous alive, and dead, here is the ods,
Then God of Poets, nowe Poet of the Gods.

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