Edmund Spenser
Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene
The Faerie Queene
The Faerie Queene is an incomplete English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. The first half was published in 1590, and a second installment was published in 1596. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it was the first work written in Spenserian stanza and is one of the longest poems in the English...

, an epic poem and fantastical allegory
Allegory is a demonstrative form of representation explaining meaning other than the words that are spoken. Allegory communicates its message by means of symbolic figures, actions or symbolic representation...

 celebrating the Tudor dynasty
Tudor dynasty
The Tudor dynasty or House of Tudor was a European royal house of Welsh origin that ruled the Kingdom of England and its realms, including the Lordship of Ireland, later the Kingdom of Ireland, from 1485 until 1603. Its first monarch was Henry Tudor, a descendant through his mother of a legitimised...

 and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.
Edmund Spenser was born in London around 1552. As a young boy, he was educated in London at the Merchant Taylors' School
Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood
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 and matriculated as a sizar
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 at Pembroke College, Cambridge
Pembroke College, Cambridge
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I learned have, not to despise, What ever thing seemes small in common eyes.

Visions of the Worlds Vanitie line 69 (1591)

For of the soule the body|bodie forme doth take; For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.

An Hymne in Honour of Beautie, line 132 (1596)

For all that faire is, is by nature good; That is a signe to know the gentle blood.

An Hymne in Honour of Beautie, line 139

Calm was the day, and through the trembling airSweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play—A gentle spirit, that lightly did delayHot Titan's beams, which then did glister fair

Line 1

Sweete Themmes runne softly, till I end my Song.

The last line of each stanza

With that I saw two swans of goodly hueCome softly swimming down along the Lee:Two fairer birds I yet did never see;The snow which doth the top of Pindus strowDid never whiter show,Nor Jove himself, when he a swan would beFor love of Leda, whiter did appear

Line 37

Fierce warres and faithfull loves shall moralize my song.

Book I, Introduction, stanza 1

A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine.

Book I, canto 1, stanza 1

But of his cheere did seeme too solemne sad;Yet nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad.

Book I, canto 1, stanza 2