Edmund Spenser

(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

Edmund Spenser Quotes

    Iambicum Trimetrum

    Unhappy verse, the witness of my unhappy state,
    Make thy self flutt'ring wings of thy fast flying
    Thought, and fly forth unto my love, wheresoever she be:
    Whether lying restless in heavy bed, or else
    Sitting so cheerless at the cheerful board, or else
    Playing alone careless on her heavenly virginals.
    If in bed, tell her, that my eyes can take no rest:
    If at board, tell her, that my mouth can eat no meat:
    If at her virginals, tell her, I can hear no mirth.