Lodowick Bryskett (flor. 1571-1611) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. It was probably first in Ireland that he met Spenser. Both knew Sidney however, who may have established contact between them. Bryskett's testimony is especially valuable, for Spenser was active in composing the Faerie Queene during the time of their friendship, and it is to Bryskett that Spenser makes his apology in Amoretti 33 for the delayed progress of the poem. Bryskett is also a contributor to Spenser's collection of elegies on Sidney published along with Colin Clout under the title Astrophel (1595). The Discourse is an adaptation of Giraldi, and is cast in the form of a dialogue.
From A Discourse of Civill Life: Containing the Ethike part of Morall Philosophie. Fit for the instructing of a Gentleman in the course of a vertuous life (1606), pp. 25-8:
Yet is there a gentleman in this company whom I haue had often a purpose to intreate, that as his leisure might serue him, he would vouchsafe to spend some time with me to instruct me in some hard points which I cannot of my selfe vnderstand: knowing him to be not onely perfect in the Greek tongue, but also very well read in Philosophie, both morall and naturall. Neuertheles such is my bashfulnes, as I neuer yet durst open my mouth to disclose this my desire vnto him, though I have not wanted some hartning thereunto from himselfe. For of loue and kindnes to me, he encouraged me long sithens to follow the reading of the Greeke tongue, and offered me his helpe to make me vnderstand it. But now that so good an opportunitie is offered vnto me, to satisfie in some sort my desire; I thinke I should commit a great fault, not to my selfe alone, but to all this company, if I should not enter my request thus farre, as to moue him to spend this time which we haue now destined to familiar discourse and conuersation, in declaring