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THE FAERIE QUEENE: DEDICATORY SONNET TO.. SIR FR. WALSINGHAM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: That mantuane poetes incompared spirit
Last Line: In bigger tunes to sound your living prayse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Walsingham, Sir Francis (1532-1590)


TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR FR.
WALSINGHAM, KNIGHT, PRINCIPALL
SECRETARY TO HER MAJESTY
AND OF HER HONOURABLE
PRIVY COUNSELL

THAT Mantuane poetes incompared spirit,
Whose girland now is set in highest place,
Had not Mecaenas, for his worthy merit,
It first advaunst to great Augustus grace,
Might long, perhaps, have lien in silence bace,
Ne bene so much admir'd of later age.
This lowly Muse, that learns like steps to trace,
Flies for like aide unto your patronage;
That are the great Mecenas of this age,
As wel to al that civil artes professe,
As those that are inspir'd with martial rage,
And craves protection of her feeblenesse:
Which if ye yield, perhaps ye may her rayse
In bigger tunes to sound your living prayse.





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