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1 His own words as reported by Lodowick Bryskett. （Todd's Spenser, I. IX.) The whole passage is very interesting as giving us the only glimpse we get of the living Spenser in actual contact with his fellow-men. It shows him to us, as we could wish to see him, surrounded with loving respect, companionable and helpful. Bryskett tells us that he was ‘perfect in the Greek tongue,’ and ‘also very well read in philosophy both moral and natural.’ He encouraged Bryskett in the study of Greek, and offered to help him in it. Comparing the last verse of the above citation of the ‘Faery Queen’ with other passages in Spenser, I cannot help thinking that he wrote, ‘do not love amiss.’
And know, sweet prince, when you shall come to know,
That 't is not in the power of kings to raise
A spirit for verse that is not born thereto;
Nor are they born in every prince's days.
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