Thomas Lodge (1558-1625) was educated, as Spenser was, at Merchant Taylors' School, and then at Trinity College, Oxford, and Lincoln's Inn. He joined the literary society of London and was acquainted with such figures as Greene, Barnabe Rich, Daniel, Drayton, Lyly, and Watson. The influence of Spenser on Lodge's verse is deep and pervasive, and Lodge's indebtedness is in part acknowledged by his dedication of the First Eclogue in A Fig for Momus to 'reuerend Colin'.
(a) From The Induction to Phillis: Honoured with Pastorall Sonnets, Elegies, and amorous delights (1593), sig. A4v; repr. Complete Works, ed. Edmund Gosse (Glasgow, 1883), II. 6:
As moderne Poets shall admire the same,
I meane not you (you neuer matched men)
Who brought the Chaos of our tongue in frame,
Through these Herculean labours of your pen:
I meane the meane, I meane no men diuine,
But such whose fathers are but waxt like mine.
Goe weeping Truce-men in your sighing weedes,
Vnder a great Mecaenas I haue past you:
If so you come where learned Colin feedes
His louely flocke, packe thence and quickly haste you;
You are but mistes before so bright a sunne,
Who hath the Palme for deepe inuention wunne.
(b) From Wits Miserie, and the Worlds Madness (1596), p. 57; repr. Gosse, IV. 63:
Diuine wits, for many things as sufficient as all antiquity (I speake it