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Welfs and Weiblingens had given their names, softened into Guelfi and Ghibellini,— from which Gabriel Harvey
Notes to Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar. ingeniously, but mistakenly, derives elves and goblins,— to two parties in Northern Italy, repres it is certain that Sir John Harrington had. See the preface to his translation of the Orlando Furioso. till the time of Spenser, who, like Milton fifty years later, shows that he had read his works closely.
Thenceforward for more than a century Dast unapproached pathos which make the climax of his Purgatorio. The verses tremble with feeling and shine with tears.
Spenser, who had, like Dante, a Platonizing side, and who was probably the first English poet since Chaucer that had read the Corful reach behind them.
They are singularly pleasing, but they do not stay by us as those of his model had done by him. Spenser was, as Milton called him, a sage and serious poet; he would be the last to take offence if we draw from him a moral not