Queen Elizabeth bestowed on him a pension of fifty pounds, and shortly after he received the grant of lands already mentioned.
It is said, indeed, that Lord Burleigh in some way hindered the advancement of the poet, who more than once directly alludes to him either in reproach or remonstrance.
In ‘The Ruins of Time,’ after speaking of the death of Walsingham
Since whose decease learning lies unregarded,
And men of armes do wander unrewarded,
he gives the following reason for their neglect:—
For he that now wields all things at his will,
Scorns tha one and tha other in his deeper skill.
O grief of griefs!
O gall of all good hearts,
To see that virtue should despised be
Of him that first was raised for virtuous parts,
And now, broad-spreading like an aged tree,
Lets none shoot up that nigh him planted be:
O let the man of whom the Muse is scorned
Nor live nor dead be of the Muse adorned!
And in the introduction to the fourth book of the ‘Faery Queen
,’ he says again:—
The rugged forehead that with grave foresight
Wields kingdoms' causes and affairs of state,
My looser rhymes, I wot, doth sharply wite
For praising Love, as I have done of late,—
By which frail youth is oft to folly led
Through false allurement of that pleasing bait,
That better were in virtues discipled
Than with vain poems' weeds to have their fancies fed.
Such ones ill judge of love that cannot love
Nor in their frozen hearts feel kindly flame;
Forthy they ought not thing unknown reprove,
Ne natural affection faultless blame
For fault of few that have abused the same:
For it of honor and all virtue is
The root, and brings forth glorious flowers of fame
That crown true lovers with immortal bliss,
The meed of them that love and do not live amiss.