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Edmund Spenser

Datum narození: 1552
Datum úmrtí: 13. leden 1599

Edmund Spenser byl anglický básník a poeta laueratus, jeden z vrcholných epiků anglické renesance. Ve svém díle zachytil dobovou atmosféru v Anglii na konci 16. století a rozklad aristokratické společnosti. Pro zápal, s nímž ve svých politických pamfletech prosazoval zničení irské kultury, je považován za kontroverzní osobu britských dějin.


„Jen naše mysl dokáže udělat ze špatného dobré, umí z nás udělat ubožáka nebo šťastlivce, boháče nebo chudáka.“

„For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.“ The Faerie Queene


„For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.“
The Faerie Queene

„So furiously each other did assayle,
As if their soules they would attonce haue rent
Out of their brests, that streames of bloud did rayle
Adowne, as if their springes of life were spent;
That all the ground with purple bloud was sprent,
And all their armours staynd with bloudie gore,
Yet scarcely once to breath would they relent,
So mortall was their malice and so sore,
Become of fayned friendship which they vow'd afore.“
The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four

„What though the sea with waves continuall
Doe eate the earth, it is no more at all;
Ne is the earth the lesse, or loseth ought :
For whatsoever from one place doth fall
Is with the tyde unto another brought :
For there is nothing lost, that may be found if sought.“
The Faerie Queene

„For love is a celestial harmony
Of likely hearts compos'd of stars' concent,
Which join together in sweet sympathy,
To work each other's joy and true content,
Which they have harbour'd since their first descent
Out of their heavenly bowers, where they did see
And know each other here belov'd to be.“
Fowre Hymnes

„Ah! when will this long weary day have end,
And lende me leave to come unto my love?

- Epithalamion“
Amoretti and Epithalamion

„There is nothing lost, but may be found, if sought.

(No hay nada perdido, que no pueda encontrarse, si se lo busca)“
The Faerie Queene, Book Five


„My love is like to ice, and I to fire;
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolv'd through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not delay’d by her heart-frozen cold;
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold!
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice;
And ice, which is congeal’d with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device!
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.“
Amoretti and Epithalamion

„One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washèd it away:
Again I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tide and made my pains his prey.
Vain man (said she) that dost in vain assay
A mortal thing so to immortalise;
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wipèd out likewise.
Not so (quod I); let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame;
My verse your virtues rare shall eternise,
And in the heavens write your glorious name:
Where, when as Death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.“
Amoretti and Epithalamion

„One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washèd it away:
Again I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.“
Amoretti and Epithalamion

„I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see.“
Daphna


„He oft finds med'cine, who his griefe imparts;
But double griefs afflict concealing harts,
As raging flames who striveth to supresse.“
The Faerie Queene

„Yet gold all is not, that doth gold seem,
Nor all good knights, that shake well spear and shield:
The worth of all men by their end esteem,
And then praise, or due reproach them yield.“
The Faerie Queene, Book Two

„And he that strives to touch the stars
Oft stumbles at a straw.“
The Shepherd's Calendar: Twelve Aeglogues Proportionable to the Twelve Months

„Why then should witless man so much misweene
That nothing is but that which he hath seene?“
The Faerie Queene

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