John Florio (1553?-1625), after serving as tutor in modern languages to the son of the Bishop of Durham, entered the Southampton circle in London. The passage printed below, though admittedly tendentious, is illuminatingly alien in its bias.
From Florios Second Frutes (1591), The Epistle Dedicatorie, sigs. A3-A3v:
The maiden-head of my industrie I yeelded to a noble Mecenas (renoumed Lecester) the honour of England, whom though like Hector euery miscreant Mirmidon dare strik being dead, yet sing Homer or Virgil, write frend or foe, of Troy, or Troyes issue, that Hector must have his desert, the General of his Prince, the Paragon of his Peeres, the watchman of our peace,
Non so se migliorDuce o Caualliero. [Triumphus Fame i. 99]
as Petrarke hath in his triumph of fame; and to conclude, the supporter of his friends, the terror of his foes, the Britton Patron of the Muses.
Dardanias light, and Troyans faithfulst hope. [cf. Aeneid VI. 875-7]
But nor I, nor this place may halfe suffice for his praise, which the sweetest singer of all our westerne shepheards hath so exquisitely depainted, that as Achilles by Alexander was counted happy for hauing such a rare emblazoner of his magnanimitie, as the Meonian Poete; so I account him thrice-fortunate in hauing such a herauld of his vertues as Spenser; Curteous Lord, Curteous Spenser, I knowe not which hath perchast more fame, either he in deseruing so well of so famous a scholler, or so famour a scholler in being so thankfull without hope of requitall to so famous a Lord.