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ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

The Poems of Edmund Spenser.

The British Poets.

Edmund Spenser


The Chiswick edition of the British Poets was published with a life by Richard Alfred Davenport. Spenser's works fill seven volumes in what may have been the most complete series of collected British Poets.



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.

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