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ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Fowre Hymnes

Poems on Moral and Divine Subjects, by several celebrated English Poets.

Edmund Spenser


Spenser's Fowre Hymnes appear in an anthology printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis that also includes poems by Ben Jonson, Drummond of Hawthornden, Waller, Milton, Cowley, and a variety of modern poets. Scotland, later so fruitful in antiquaries and scholars of English literature, was slow taking an interest in Elizabethan poetry, making this something of a landmark venture.



Love, lift me up upon thy golden wings,
From this base world unto thy heavens hight,
Where I may see those admirable things,
Which there thou workest by thy sovereign might,
Far above feeble reach of earthly sight,
That I thereof an heavenly Hymn may sing
Unto the God of Love, high heavens King.

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