Elizabethan Critical Essays

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'E. K.'
(THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY TO THE SHEPHEARDS CALENDER)
1579

[This Epistle, addressed by ' E. K.' to Gabriel Harvey in com-
mendation of Spenser Shepheards Calender, is reprinted
from the first edition of the Calender, issued by Hugh Singleton of Creed Lane near Ludgate, towards the close of 1579.]

TO THE MOST EXCELLENT AND LEARNED, BOTH
ORATOR AND POETE, MAYSTER GABRIELL
HARVEY, HIS VERIE SPECIAL AND SINGULAR
GOOD FREND E. K. COMMENDETH THE GOOD
LYKING OF THIS HIS LABOUR, AND THE
PATRONAGE OF THE NEW POETE.

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UNCOVTHE, vnkiste, sayde the old famous Poete Chaucer: whom, for his excellencie and wonderfull skil in making, his scholler Lidgate, a worthy scholler of so excellent a maister, calleth the Loadestarre of our Language, and whom our Colin Clout in his Æglogue calleth Tityrus the God of shepheards, comparing hym to the worthines of the Roman Tityrus, Virgile. Which prouerbe, myne owne good friend Ma. Haruey, as in that good old Poete it serued well Pandares purpose for the bolstering of his baudy brocage, so very well taketh place in this our new Poete, who for that he is vncouthe (as said Chaucer) is vnkist, and vnknown to most men is regarded but of few. But I dour not, so soone as his name shall come into the knowledg of men, and his worthines be sounded in the tromp of fame, but that he shall be not onely kiste, but also beloued of all, embraced of the most,

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