Thomas Edwards (flor. 1595) is known only as the author of Cephalus and Procris; Narcissus (1595). The name is a common one, and the DNB lists five possible identifications of our author. It would be foolhardy on my part to risk commitment to any one of them. Edwards is enthusiastic for Spenser, whose influence is pervasive in his own verse.
(a) From Cephalus and Procris (1595), sig. B2V; repr. in edition of W.E. Buckley, Roxburghe Club Publications, 105 (1882), p. 12:
Heroicke Parramore of Fairie land,
That stately built, with thy immortal hand,
A golden, Angellike, and modest Aulter,
For all to sacrifice on, none to alter.
Where is that vertuous Muse of thine become?
(b) Ibid., sig. D2-D2v; Buckley, pp. 27-8:
But what is more in vse, or getteth praise,
Then sweete Affection tun'd in homely layes?
Gladly would our Cephalian muse haue sung
All of white loue, enamored with a toungue,
That still Styll musicke sighing teares together,
Could one conceite haue made beget an other,
And so haue ransackt this rich age of that,
The muses wanton fauourites haue got [.]
Heauens-gloryfier, with thy holy fire,
O thrise immortall quickener of desire,
That scorn'st this vast and base prodigious clime,
Smyling at such as beg in ragged rime,
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Publication information: Book title: Edmund Spenser, the Critical Heritage. Contributors: R. M.Cummings - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 86.
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