G. W. Pigman, III (ed.), A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres

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7Editor’s NoteR.S. In prayse of Gascoignes Posies.

  • 1The pleasant plot wherein these Posies grew,
  • Editor’s Note2May represent Parnassus springs indeede.
  • 3Where Pallas with hir wise and learned crew,
  • 4Did plant great store, and sow much cunning seede.
  • 5That Goddesse then, on whom the Muses wayte,
  • 6To garde hir grounde from greedie gathrers spoyle,
  • 7Hath here ordeynde, by fine and close conceyte,
  • 8A greene knight chiefe, and master of the soyle.
  • 9Such badge beares he that beautified this booke
  • 10With glorious shew, of sundrie gallant flowers.
  • 11But since he first this labor undertooke,
  • 12He gleand thereout, (to make the profite ours)
  • pg 37413A heape of Hearbes, a sort of fruitfull seedes,
  • 14A needefull salve, compound of needlesse weedes.
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  • 15All these (with more) my freend here freely gives:
  • 16Nor naked wordes, nor streyne of straunge devise.
  • 17But Gowers minde, which now in Gascoigne lives,
  • 18Yeeldes heere in view, (by judgement of the wise)
  • 19His penne, his sworde, himselfe, and all his might,
  • 20To Pallas schoole, and Mars in Princes right.

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Editor’s Note
P 7. 0. 1. R.S. Richard Smith, the bookseller, is a possibility, although 87 attributes 'The Printer' (P 14) to him. Smith wrote a verse dedication to Henry Compton for Matthew Grove, Pelops and Hippodamia (1587), and a dedicatory sonnet, 'Unto her Majesties sacred honorable Maydes', for Henry Constable, Diana (1592); cf. Sidney Thomas, 'Richard Smith: "Foreign to the Company" ', The Library 3 (1948), 188–9.
Editor’s Note
P 7. 2. Parnassus springs. Cf. P 14. 3. 'A mountayne in Greece, havyng twoo toppes, under the whiche the nyne Muses did inhabite or dwell' (Cooper).
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