John Weever (1576-1632), educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, combined strong antiquarian interests with a leaning to poetry. Of his many references to Spenser I include here only the most specific. It is worth noting that Weever often has recourse to Ruines of Time in his late work Ancient Funerall Monuments (1631).
(a) In Obitum Ed. Spencer Potae presantiss., Epigrammes in the oldest cut, and newest fashion (1599), sig. G.3 ; repr. in edition of R.B. McKerrow (1911), p. 101:
Colin's gone home, the glorie of his clime,
The Muses Mirrour, and the Shepheards Saint;
Spencer is ruin'd of our latter time
The fairest ruine, Faëries foulest want:
When his Time ruines did our ruine show,
Which by his ruine we vntimely know:
Spencer therefore thy Ruines were cal'd in,
Too soone to sorrow least we should begin.
(b) From Favnus and Melliflora or, The Original of our English Satyres (1600), sig. F2V; repr. in edition of A. Davenport (Liverpool, 1948), p. 42:
By some great power or heauenly influence,
The Faeries proued full stout hardy knights,
In iusts, in tilts, in turnaments, and fights,
As Spencer shewes. But Spencer now is gone,
You Faery Knights, your greatest losse bemone.