Edmund Spenser — English Poet died on January 13, 1599

Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of nascent Modern English verse, and is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language... (wikipedia)

Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place.
Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.
The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
I was promised on a time - to have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason.

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