1810
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

The Poems of Edmund Spenser.

The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper; including the Series edited, with Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Dr. Samuel Johnson: and the most approved Translation. The Additional Lives by Alexander Chalmers, F.S.A. In Twenty-one Volumes.

Edmund Spenser


Spenser's poetical works are reprinted from the edition edited by Henry John Todd (1805) with a new life by Alexander Chalmers.

Chalmers's English Poets was published by a booksellers' consortium as a successor to the English poets edited by Samuel Johnson a generation earlier, which had omitted Spenser.



A gentle knight was pricking on the plaine,
Ycladd in mightie armes and silver shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe woundes did remaine,
The cruel marks of many' a bloody fielde;
Yet armes till that time did he never wield:
His angry steede did chide his foming bitt,
As much disdayning to the curbe to yield:
Full jolly knight he seemd, and faire did sitt,
As one for knightly giusts and fierce encounters fitt.

[3:49]