Note 1. From Rosalind, 1590. In speaking of the influence of Desportes, Mr. Bullen says: It seems to me that whenever Lodge imitated Desportes, he greatly improved upon his model. Desportes has a sonnet beginning:
On verra défaillir tous les astres aux cieux, etc.
Compare this with Lodges poem beginning First shall the heaven, etc. Desportes sonnet is a bundle of dry conceits; Lodges song is musical as a running brook. (Introduction, Lyrics from Elizabethan Romances, 1890.) [back]