Nicholas Breton (1545-1626), one of the more prolific of the Elizabethan lyrists, was educated at Oxford.
An Epitaph vpon Poet Spencer, in Melancholike humours, in verses of diuerse natures (1600), sigs. F3-F4; repr. in G.B. Harrison's edition (1929), pp. 44-6:
Movrnfvll Muses, sorrowes minions,
Dwelling in despaires opinions,
Yee that neuer thought inuented,
How a heart may be contented
(But in torments alle distressed,
Hopelesse how to be redressed,
All with howling and with crying,
Liue in a continuall dying)
Sing a Dirge on Spencers death,
Till your soules be out of breath.
Bidde the Dunces keepe their dennes,
And the Poets breake their pennes:
Bidde the Sheepheards shed their teares,
And the Nymphes go teare their haires:
Bidde the Schollers leaue their reeding,
And prepare their hearts to bleeding:
Bidde the valiant and the wise,
Full of sorrowes fill their eyes;
All for griefe, that he is gone,
Who did grace them euery one.
Fairy Queene, shew fairest Queene,
How her faire in thee is seene.