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Spenser Allusions

Spenser Allusions 1. Webbe,William.A Discourse of English Poetry.STC25172.uMi401:1. Webbe (fl.1556­1591), a critic and translator, is thought to have graduated fromSt.John'sCollege(Cambridge)thesameyearasSpenserdidfromPembrokeCollege.althoughWellsnotes(1:7­9)numerousreferencestoSpenserin Webbe'sDiscourse,thereisanotherinasectionon"sundrykindesofraredevises"and"prettyinventions."HereWebbewritesofSC("august,"lines151ff.), I coulde sette downe manie: yet because I want bothe manie and the best kindes of them, I will overpasse:onelie pointing you to one or two which may suffice for example. Looke uppon the rufull song of Colin sung by Cuddie in the Sheepeardes Calender, where you shall see a singuler rare devise of a dittie framed upon these sixe wordes Woe, sounde,cryes,pact,sleep,augment,which are most prettilie turned and wounde uppe mutually together, expressing wonderfully the dolefulnesse of the song. (G2r­v) 2. Harvey, John. A Discoursive Probleme Concerning Prophesies How Far They Are to Be Valued or Credited.STC12908.uMi321:12. Harvey (1564­1592) was an astrologer and brother of Gabriel and richard Harvey.inthesecondpartoftheworkathand,"speciallyexamininganddiscussingthespeciallProphesieofthisfamousyeere,1588...vulgarlyfathered upon Joannes regiomontanus [i.e., Johann Müller von Königsberg, better knownbyhislatinpseudonym];butwoorthilysuspectedbysomelearneder men,nevertohaveproceededfromthatexcellentMathematician,oranylike notable Scholler," Harvey uses Spenserian names from SC and Colin for unlearnedcountryboysandthosewhomakefoolishprognostications.inasarcasticaside,hewrites,"Rejoice then, O ye Coridons: Rest you merrie, O ye Colinclowtes: Clap your hands, O ye lobilins.For lo a most plentifull and happy yeere awaiteth you"(98). 3. Fraunce,abraham.The Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch.STC11340. uMi241:18. Fraunce(1559?­1592/3?)wasalawyerandpoet.Wellsnotes(1:24)aquotation fromSpenserinThe Third Part of The Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch(1592),and theremaywellbeanotherallusioninThe First Part.inthefirstsceneofthefifth act,Frauncewrites(apparentlywithoutirony)ofa"bowreofblisse"intheconventionalsenseofthewords,butshortlythereafterheappearstousethesame 353 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

Spenser Allusions

Studies in Philology , Volume 109 (2) – Mar 10, 2012

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1. Webbe,William.A Discourse of English Poetry.STC25172.uMi401:1. Webbe (fl.1556­1591), a critic and translator, is thought to have graduated fromSt.John'sCollege(Cambridge)thesameyearasSpenserdidfromPembrokeCollege.althoughWellsnotes(1:7­9)numerousreferencestoSpenserin Webbe'sDiscourse,thereisanotherinasectionon"sundrykindesofraredevises"and"prettyinventions."HereWebbewritesofSC("august,"lines151ff.), I coulde sette downe manie: yet because I want bothe manie and the best kindes of them, I will overpasse:onelie pointing you to one or two which may suffice for example. Looke uppon the rufull song of Colin sung by Cuddie in the Sheepeardes Calender, where you shall see a singuler rare devise of a dittie framed upon these sixe wordes Woe, sounde,cryes,pact,sleep,augment,which are most prettilie turned and wounde uppe mutually together, expressing wonderfully the dolefulnesse of the song. (G2r­v) 2. Harvey, John. A Discoursive Probleme Concerning Prophesies How Far They Are to Be Valued or Credited.STC12908.uMi321:12. Harvey (1564­1592) was an astrologer and brother of Gabriel and richard Harvey.inthesecondpartoftheworkathand,"speciallyexamininganddiscussingthespeciallProphesieofthisfamousyeere,1588...vulgarlyfathered upon Joannes regiomontanus [i.e., Johann Müller von Königsberg, better knownbyhislatinpseudonym];butwoorthilysuspectedbysomelearneder men,nevertohaveproceededfromthatexcellentMathematician,oranylike notable Scholler," Harvey uses Spenserian names from SC and Colin for unlearnedcountryboysandthosewhomakefoolishprognostications.inasarcasticaside,hewrites,"Rejoice then, O ye Coridons: Rest you merrie, O ye Colinclowtes: Clap your hands, O ye lobilins.For lo a most plentifull and happy yeere awaiteth you"(98). 3. Fraunce,abraham.The Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch.STC11340. uMi241:18. Fraunce(1559?­1592/3?)wasalawyerandpoet.Wellsnotes(1:24)aquotation fromSpenserinThe Third Part of The Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch(1592),and theremaywellbeanotherallusioninThe First Part.inthefirstsceneofthefifth act,Frauncewrites(apparentlywithoutirony)ofa"bowreofblisse"intheconventionalsenseofthewords,butshortlythereafterheappearstousethesame 353

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