So among the Romans, were Liuius Andronicus,
and Ennius, so in the Italian language, the first
that made it aspire to be a treasure-house of Science,
were the Poets Dante, Bocace, and Petrach. So in our
English, were Gower, and Chawcer, after whom,
encoraged & delighted with their excellent foregoing,
others haue folowed to bewtify our mother toong,
aswel in the same kind as other arts.
The Defence of Poesie. Sir Philip Sidney. William Ponsonby. London. 1595.
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