Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Edmund Spenser

English Poet

"No greater shame to man than inhumanity."

"The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne."

"It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor."

"All that in this world is great or gaie doth as a vapour vanish, and decaie."

"He that strives to touch the stars, oft stumbles at a straw."

"I was promised on a time - to have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason. "