The Complete Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser

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A LIST OF REJECTED READINGS
For the various publications of Spenser the following texts have been adopted as standard: --
The Shepheardes Calender, 1579.
Complaints, 1591.
The Faerie Queene, I-III, 1596 (but with the spelling of 1590).
The Faerie Queene, IV-VI, 1596.
The Faerie Queene, VII (Cantos on Mutability), 1609.
Daphnaïda, 1591.
Colin Clouts Come Home Again and Astrophel, 1595.
Amoretti and Epithalamion, 1595.
Fowre Hymnes, 1596.
Prothalamion, 1596.
Van der Noot's Theatre, 1569.
Letters, 1580.
Whenever a reading given by these texts has been departed from, it is recorded in the following list, together with the substitute adopted. Other variants are ignored, except for incidental purposes; as are evident misprints (unless these have some glimmering of sense or the support of another editor) and (except occasionally) changes in punctuation. In each case, the first reading given is that which has been adopted, the second is that which has been rejected.It should be remembered that different copies of the same edition not infrequently give different readings. It may well be, therefore, that the present list will be found to conflict here and there with others more authoritative. Such differences will hardly be of importance, except for bibliographical controversy.
THE SHEPHEARDES CALENDER
[Quartos of 1581 & 1586 not collated.]
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6. Epistle 157. it ( 1591, 1597). Omitted 1579.
7. 235. sc. Substituted here and elsewhere for obsolete s. of old editions.
8. Generall Argument 13. more shepherds then ( 1597): 1579 = most shepheards and.
8. 42. containe ( 1597): 1579 = conceive.
8. 96. Abib. Old editions = Abil.
16. March 4. nigheth ( 1611): 1579, 1591, 1597 = nighest.
25. Maye 150. saye ( 1597): 1579 = sayd.
34. Julye 230. bett (v. Glosse 162). Old editions = better.
34. Emblems. Thomalins. Old editions = Palinodes.
34. Glosse 38. a Dane. Old editions = the Dane, by confusion with next line.
37. August 84. thy ( 1597): 1579 = my.
37. 104. curelesse. Collier's emendation for carelesse of old editions.
41. September 145. yeed. 1579, 1591, 1597 = yeeld; 161l = yead.
43. Glosse 59. The dates are omitted in old editions; 1579 leaves a space for them.
45. October 79. thy ( 1591, 1597): 1579 = the.
45. 97. Cud. (1591, 1597). In 1579 there is no indication of change in speaker.
46. October Glosse 68. Arcadian. 1579 = Aradian; 1591, 1597, 1611 = Arabian.
49. November 98. heame (v. Glosse 58). 1579 = heme.
52. November Glosse 89. signe ( 1591, 1597). Omitted in 1579.
53. December 29. recked ( 1611): 1579 = wreaked.
53. 43. derring doe (v. Glosse 13). 1579 = derring to.
55. Emblem. Vivitur, etc. Not in any of the PAGE
early editions. First given by Hughes ( 1715).
55. Glosse 51. Reading of 1591, 1597. 1579 inserts as before Theocritus.
56. 113. edax. Omitted in old editions.

COMPLAINTS
67. Ruines of Time 551. which ( 1611): 1591 = with.
69. 675. worldes. Old editions = worlds. Cf. Mother Hubberds Tale 87, Epithalamion 290.
78. Teares of the Muses 600. living ( 1611): 1591 = loving.
85. Virgils Gnat 406. fluttering ( 1611): 1591 = flattering, which is contradicted by fowlie them upbraydes.
86. 511. Rhœtean ( 1611): 1591 = Rhetœan. The Latin is 'Rhœtei litoris ora.'
87. 575. billowes. Old editions = billowe, but the next line gives them.
91. Mother Hubberds Tale 87. worldes ( 1611): 1591 = worlds. Cf. Ruines of Time 675, Epithalamion 290.
94. 308. winges. Old editions = wings. Cf. 1.87.
98. 648. at all. 1591 drops at.
103. 1025. lord. Old editions = lords.
108. Ruines of Rome IV, 6. The old giants. 1591 = Th'oldgiants; 1611 = The giants old. In Spenser's text, the is often, before a vowel, contracted to th', when the metre unmistakably demands the full form. Cf. F. Q. Bk. V, c. iii, st. 11.
111. XV, 14. To have become. 1591 = To become; 1611 (in attempted emendation of metre) Now to become. The French 'N'estre plus rien' suggests the reading adopted.

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