Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) the dramatist and collaborator with Fletcher, left Oxford without a degree to study law at the Inner Temple. His acquaintance included Jonson and Drayton. The piece below, if it is indeed by Beaumont, is either precocious or, despite its sense, written after Spenser's death. Though not properly speaking obituary at all, it is printed among a series of epitaphs by Beaumont's first editor, who I cannot but feel was guided by a sound sense of tone.
On Mr. Edm. Spenser, Famous Poet, in Poems (1653), sig. M2; repr. in Alexander Chalmers, English Poets (1810), VI. 204:
At Delphos shrine, one did a doubt propound,
Which by th'Oracle must be released,
Whether of Poets were the best renow'nd:
Those that survive, or they that are deceased?
The Gods made answer by divine suggestion,
While Spencer is alive, it is no question.