The following pages, though considerably modified in content, were first presented as a dissertation to the Faculty of Princeton University in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature. I wish to record my deep obligation to Professor Charles Grosvenor Osgood of Princeton University, not only for his unfailing interest and inspiration, but also for his courtesy and patience during the long period in which the edition lay in abeyance. Indeed, no words of mine can adequately express my sense of indebtedness to him.
I take this occasion also to acknowledge my obligation to a book edited by a Professor of English in the University of Liverpool. No student of Spenser Epithalamion can afford to neglect the introduction to English Epithalamies by Robert Hope Case . The author has reviewed the history of Epithalamic literature; he has discussed the chief poets who have composed this kind of poetry; he has collected the significant wedding poems in English from 1581 to 1731; and any . . .