Edmund Spenser Quotes (147 quotes)
“Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.”
The Fairy Queen (1758 edition)
An Elegie, or Friends Passion, for his Astrophill, Line 108 (1586).
Visions of the Worlds Vanitie line 69 (1591).
“For of the soule the bodie forme doth take;
For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.”
An Hymne in Honour of Beautie, line 132 (1596).
“For all that faire is, is by nature good;
That is a signe to know the gentle blood.”
An Hymne in Honour of Beautie, line 139.
“To kerke the narre from God more farre,
Has bene an old-sayd sawe;
And he that strives to touche a starre
Oft stombles at a strawe.”
The Shepheardes Calender, July, line 97; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“What more felicitie can fall to creature
Than to enjoy delight with libertie,
And to be lord of all the workes of Nature,
To raine in th' aire from earth to highest skie,
To feed on flowres and weeds of glorious feature.”
Muiopotmos: or, The Fate of the Butterflie, line 209; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“Tell her the joyous Time will not be staid,
Unlesse she doe him by the forelock take.”
Amoretti, lxx; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsEdmund Spenser
Died: January 13, 1599 (aged 47)
Bio: Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.