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VERSE AND PROSE
EDITED, WITH A NEW LIFE, BASED ON ORIGINAL RESEARCHES
REV. ALEXANDER B. GROSART, LL.D. (EDIN.), F.S.A.
St. George's, Blackburn, Lancashire;
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
GEORGE SAINTSBURY, Esq., PROFESSOR CHILD, LL.D., HARVARD LONDON.
UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A. FRANCIS TURNER PALGRAVE, THE Right HONBLE. THE LORD Esq., LL.D., LONDON.
CHIEF JUSTICE OF ENGLAND. AUBREY DE VERE, Esq., CURRAGH
LL.D., TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN. Professor WARD, M.A., OWEN COL.
M.A., LL.D., Trinity COLL., CAMB.,
By F. T. PALGRAVE, Esq., LL.D,
VERTUOUS DOUGLAS HOWARD, ETC. 1591.
FOWRE HYMNES. 1596.
ASTROPHEL, ETC., AND SONNETS.
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ESSAYS ON THE MINOR POEMS OF SPENSER. By F. T. PALGRAVE,
ON THE MINOR POEMS OF SPENSER. .
BY FRANCIS T. PALGRAVE.
I. SPENSER IN RELATION TO HIS IMMEDIATE
SPENSER'S greatness, and his permanent place in Poetry, are to be sought mainly in the Faerie Queene, which is criticized elsewhere in this edition. But for the development and the varied resources of his genius, and for many of the new poetical forms by which he has influenced English literature from his age to our own, we must look to those other poems, which the editor has committed to my diffident and reluctant hands. In the separate Prefaces it is intended to note the growth of Spenser's genius, and the quality of each production, with such attention to chronology as their often-conjectural dates of writing may allow. What I here wish to bring out, with all the clearness (imperfect as it must be in matter of this nature) that I can command, is the novelty of the models, whether in subject or in style, which he presented from 1580 onwards ;to show how far he was a Maker, (to use the fine Elizabethan phrase,) in the literature of the day, by comparison with those who wrote during the preceding half-century.