Henry Keepe (1652-88) was educated at New Inn, Oxford, and the Inner Temple. An antiquary, he raises the common academic objection to Spenser.
From Monumenta Westmonasteriensa (1682), p. 46:
On the South side of this Cross, hard by the little East door, is a decayed Tomb of grey Marble, very much defaced, and nothing of the antient Inscription remaining, which was in Latine, but of late there is another in English to inform you that Edmund Spencer, a most excellent Poet, lies there intombed, who indeed had a sweet and luxuriant fancy, and expressed his thoughts with admirable success, as his FAIRY-QUEEN, and other Works of his sufficiently declare; and pity it was such true Poetry should not have been imployed in as true a subject; he died in the year 1596.
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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: 212.
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