Phineas Fletcher (1582-1650) was brother of Giles, and a Fellow of King's College. The two brothers together are the leaders of the neo-Spenserian school. The influence of Spenser on Phineas is dealt with in tabular form by A.B. Langdale in Phineas Fletcher Man of Letters, Science and Divinity (New York, 1937), Appendix B. The passages below reflect at once the pervasiveness of Spenser's influence, and the atmosphere of sentimental adulation created around Spenser by members of the school. Quarles overstates when he calls Phineas Fletcher 'the Spencer of this age'.
(a) From The Purple Island, or the Isle of Man: together with Piscatorie Eclogs and other Poeticall Miscellanies (1633), p. 6 (i. 19-21); repr. in The Poetical Works of Giles Fletcher and Phineas Fletcher, ed. F.S. Boas (Cambridge, 1908-9), II. 16:
Witnesse our Colin;★ whom though all the Graces,
And all the Muses nurst; whose well taught song
Parnassus self, and Glorian embraces,
And all the learn'd and all the shepherds throng;
Yet all his hopes were crost, all suits deni'd;
Discourag'd, scorn'd, his writing vilifi'd:
Poorly (poore man) he liv'd; poorly (poore man) he di'd.
And had not that great Hart, (whose honour'd head
Ah lies full low) piti'd thy wofull plight;
There hadst thou lien unwept, unburied,
Unblest, nor grac't with any common rite :
Yet shalt thou live, when thy great foe shall sink
Beneath his mountain tombe, whose fame shall stink;
And time his blacker name shall blurre with blackest ink.