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date: 14 June 2024

Edmund Spenser c.1552–99
English poet 

  1. A gentle knight was pricking on the plain.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 1, canto 1, st. 1
  2. But on his breast a bloody cross he bore,
    The dear remembrance of his dying Lord.
    The Faerie Queene (1596) bk. 1, canto 1, st. 2
  3. Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas,
    Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 1, canto 9, st. 40
  4. And with rich metal loaded every rift.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 2, canto 7, st. 28; see Keats
  5. And all for love, and nothing for reward.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 2, canto 8, st. 2
  6. Gather the rose of love, whilst yet is time.
    The Faerie Queene (1596) bk. 2, canto 12, st. 75
  7. Be bold, be bold, and everywhere Be bold…
    Be not too bold.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 3, canto 11, st. 54
  8. Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 4, canto 2, st. 32
  9. O sacred hunger of ambitious minds.
    The Faerie Queen (1596) bk. 5, canto 12, st. 1
  10. For of the soul the body form doth take;
    For soul is form, and doth the body make.
    ‘An Hymn in Honour of Beauty’ (1596) l. 132
  11. What more felicity can fall to creature,
    Than to enjoy delight with liberty.
    ‘Muiopotmos’ (1591) l. 209
  12. Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.
    Prothalamion (1596) l. 54
  13. And he that strives to touch the stars,
    Oft stumbles at a straw.
    The Shepherd's Calendar (1579) ‘July’ l. 99