Leaves, lines, and rhymes, seek her to please alone,
Whom if ye please, I care for other none.
Note 1. This is the opening sonnet of the Amoretti, 1595. These sonnets furnish us with a circumstantial and interesting account of Spensers second courtship, which, after many repulses, was successfully terminated by the marriage celebrated in the Epithalamium. (See No. 392.) [back]
Note 2. Of Helicon whence she derivèd is: Dr. Grosart explains this obscure passage by the suggestion that the allusion is to the name (Elizabeth) of Spensers wife. (See note to No. 538.) In sonnet xxxix. of the Amoretti reference is made to My Helice, which would seem to confirm this idea (HeliceElise?). [back]