Ralph Knevett (1600-61) was Rector of Lyng in Norfolk. His shorter poems are very much in the manner of Herbert, but his longest and most ambitious piece, the Supplement, is pastiche of Spenser. Knevett suppressed the work for political reasons (see Sheppard) and it has never been published, though edited in 1955 by Andrew Lavender (New York University Ph.D. Dissertation). The Supplement remains in any case incomplete. Knevett finished the first three Books of his continuation in 1635 but, as far as is known, did not write the other three planned 'to make this Zodiacke perfect' (p. xv).
From A Supplement of the Faery Queene, in three Bookes. Wherein are allegorically described Affaires both military and ciuill of these times, Cambridge University Library MS. Ee. 3. 53, fols, vii-ix, xv:
The end of writeing Bookes, should be rather to informe the vnderstanding, then please the fancy: I haue knowne many great witts, as ambitious as Ixion, committ adultery with the clouds, and begett Monsters, either as deformed, as that absurd picture which Horace speaketh of in his Booke de Arte Poet, or like the Thebane Sphinx, vttering vnnecessary aenigmaes. Such volumes, or (like the Ghost of Euridice) vanish as soone as they are view'd, or stand as trophyes, of their Authors vanityes to posterity: But if the sayeing of the Poet stands for an infallible truth:
Omne tulit punctum, qui miscuit vtile dulci
[Horace, Ars Poetica 343]
Then our learned Spencer through whose whole Booke, a Grace seemes to walke arme in arme with a Muse, did merit best an honorarye garlande, from that Tree which Petrarch calleth