A Note on the Renascence Editions
This html etext of the Complaints
was prepared from Alexander B. Grosart's The Complete Works in
Verse and Prose of Edmund Spenser  and from Ernest de
Sélincourt's Spenser's Minor Poems [Oxford, 1910]
by Risa S. Bear at the University of
Oregon. The text is in the public domain. Coding is copyright
© The University of Oregon, February 1996.
small Poemes of the
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By Ed. Sp.
Imprinted for VVilliam
Ponsonbie, dwelling in Paules
Churchyard at the signe of
the Bishops head.
of the sundrie Poemes contained
in this Volume.
The Ruines of
Teares of the Muses.
or Mother Hubberds Tale.
Ruines of Rome: by Bellay.
Tale of the Butterflie.
the Worlds vanitie.
INCE my late
setting foorth of the Faerie Queene,
finding that it hath found a fauourable passage amongst you; I haue
sithence endeuoured by all good meanes (for
the better encrease and accomplishment of your delights,) to get into
my handes such smale Poemes of the same Authors; as I heard were
disperst abroad in sundrie hands, and not easie to bee come by, by
himselfe; some of them hauing bene diuerslie imbeziled and purloyned
from him, since his departure ouer Sea. Of the which I haue by good
meanes gathered togethaer these fewe parcels present, which I haue
caused to bee imprinted altogeather, for that they al seeme to containe
like matter of argument in them: being all complaints and meditations
of the worlds vanitie; verie graue and profitable. To which effect I
vnderstand that he besides wrote sundrie others, namelie Ecclesiastes,
& Canticum canticorum translated, A senights slumber,
The hell of louers, his Purgatorie, being all dedicated to Ladies;
so as it may seem he ment them all to one volume. Besides some other
Pamphlets looselie scattered abroad: as The dying Pellican, The
howers of the Lord, The sacrifice of a sinner, The seuen Psalmes,
&c. which when I can either by himselfe, of otherwise attaine too,
I meane likewise for your fauour sake to set foorth. In the meane time
praying you gentlie to accept of these, & graciouslie to entertaine
the new Poet, I take leaue.
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