What wonder then if fields and regions here Breathe forth ELIXIR pure, and Rivers run Potable Gold, when with one vertuous
touch Th' Arch-chimic Sun so farr from us remote Produces with Terrestrial Humor mixt Here in the dark so many precious things Of colour glorious and effect so rare?
Notably, the event is not limited only to the nine women she identifies by name, but extends "To all vertuous
Ladies in generall," who will, she hopes, consume her text.
Whereas the kings maiestie our souereignes good, naturall, and vertuous
education is now plainelie vnderstood to haue been abused, and his roiall qualities giuen to him by the almightie God [.
16) Samuel Rowley, When You See Me, You Know Me Or, the Famous Chronicle History of King Henry the Eight, with the Birth and Vertuous
Life of Edward Prince of Wales, as it was playd by the High and Mightie Prince of Wales His Servants (London, 1605; STC: 21417), EEBO.
41) Achelley's poem similarly ends by praising those "deere dames / Whose vertuous
minds / Abandon all such ways: / By contrarie of this foule facte" (F5r).
If thou wilt be counted, vertuous
& holie" (1582, A1r).
That Lewis's third interplanetary novel works through the medium of fairy-tale romance to display those values aligns it with Spenser's aims, as stated in his prefatory Letter to Raleigh, "to fashion a gentleman or noble person in vertuous
(2) and gentle discipline" (714; italics added) through what may be described as a fairy-tale romance-epic entitled The Faerie Queene.
I think so much more worthy [of] Remembrance because Many that haue Contained themselues within Commendable Boundes in the vniversity, haue so strongely growen out when they haue bene transplanted that it easily appeares their former good Cariage arose more from the provident care of those ouer them, than any vertuous
disposition within them: such degenerating spirits are the Blemish of the vniversity from which they come, and the Grievance of the places whither they come.
And it will seek to reimagine the allegorical and allegorized subject--the "gentlemen or noble person" the poem seeks to fashion "in vertuous
and gentle discipline" (151)--not as the incarnation of transcendent forms of virtue but as the product of progressive and ongoing encounters with strange versions of the self in the poem's prismatic and fragmenting "mirrours more than one" (Spenser 2006, 3 proem 5).
The noble Heart that harbors vertuous
thought,/And is with Child of glorious great intent, /Can never rest, until it forth have brought/ Th' eternal Brood of Glory excellent-" [.
47) In his contribution to Thomas Overbury's The Overburian Characters (1614), Webster distinguishes a vertuous
widdow, one who "thinkes shee hath traveld all the world in one man" from an ordinarie widdow, one for whom "the end of her husband beginnes in teares; and the end of her teares beginnes in a husband.
Often the Corrector adds words omitted by the scribe: "Myd her men waren so vertuous
," (26) "Fyue hundrep powsynde knizttes saun fail," (27) "Knizth and squyer wip her lorde," (28) "And al (lin ost do ordeyne now.