Edmund Spenser, the Critical Heritage

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68.

William Mason

1621

The passage below illustrates the early interest in Spenserian iconographies, first noted by Alastair Fowler, 'Oxford and London Marginalia to The Faerie Queene, N&Q, CCVI (1961), 416-19.

From A Handfvl of Essaies. Or Imperfect Offers (1621), sigs. F4V-F5:

When I behold Enuy (as the Poet describeth her) to haue a pale face without blood, a leane body without moysture (like one of Pharaohs leane kine) squint eyes, foule or blacke teeth, a heart ful of gall, a tongue tipt with poison, neuer laughing but when others weepe; neuer sleeping because she alwaies thinketh on mischiefe; I then abhorre this Monster.

[Compare Faerie Queene V. xii. 28-32]


69.

Robert Salter

1626

See headnote to No. II.

From Wonderfull Prophecies (1626), pp. 42-3:

And euen this very Mysterie is it, that a right learned and vertuous

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