Thomas Fuller (1608-61) was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge. As a Fellow-commoner of Sidney Sussex, and later of Lincoln College, Oxford, he enjoyed the leisure which allowed him to pursue his antiquarian researches. The Worthies was published posthumously by his son John, a Fellow of Sidney Sussex.
From The History of the Worthies of England (1662), pp. 219-20; repr. in edition of P. Austin Nuttall (1840), II. 379-80:
EDMOND SPENCER born in this City, ★ was brought up in Pembroke-hall in Cambridge, where he became an excellent Scholar, but especially most happy in English Poetry, as his works do declare. In which the many Chaucerisms used (for I will not say affected by him) are thought by the ignorant to be blemishes, known by the learned to be beauties to this book; which notwithstanding had been more salable, if more conformed to our modern language.
There passeth a story commonly told and believed, that Spencer presenting his Poems to Queen Elizabeth: She highly affected there-with, commanded the Lord Cecil Her Treasurer, to give him an hundred pound; and when the Treasurer (a good Steward of the Queens money) alledged that sum was too much, then give him (quoth the Queen) what is reason; to which the Lord consented, but was so busied, belike, about matters of higher concernment, that Spencer received no reward; Whereupon he presented this petition in a small piece of paper to the Queen in her Progress,
I was promis'd on a time,
To have reason for my rhyme;
From that time unto this season,
I receiv'd nor rhyme nor reason.
★Camb. Eliz. in Anno 1598.