Two Courtiers Seeking Literary Patronage from a Famous Nobleman in the Same Year (1579)


Schoole of Abuse,

Conteining a plesaunt inuective

against Poets, Pipers,

Plaiers, Iesters and such like

Caterpillers of a commonwealth;

Setting vp the Flagge of Defiance to their

mischieuous exercise, and ouerthrowing

their Bulwarkes, by Prophane

Writers, Naturall reason, and

common experience:

A discourse as pleasaunt for

Gentlemen that fauour learning,

as profitable for all that wyll

follow vertue.

By Stephen Gosson. Stud. Oxon.


Tuscul. I.

Mandare literis cogitationes, nec delectatione aliqua

allicere Lectorem, hominis est intemperanter

abutentis, et otio, et literis.

Printed at London, for Thomas

VVoodcocke, 1579.


ÂTo the right noble

Gentleman, Master Philip Sidney

Esquier, Stephen Gosson wisheth health

of body, wealth of minde, rewarde

of vertue, aduancement of honour,

and goood successe in godly



 Shepheardes Calender

 Conteyning tvvelue Ăglogues proportionable
to the twelve monethes.

T O  T H E  N O B L E  A N D  V E R T V-
ous Gentleman most worthy of all titles
both of learning and cheualrie M.
Philip Sidney.


Printed by Hugh Singleton, dwelling in
Creede Lane neere vnto Ludgate at the
signe of the gylden Tunne, and
are there to be solde.


Cicero, Tusculan Disputations I, (my rough translation): Someone who entrusts his thoughts to letters [but] can neither arrange nor illuminate them nor entice any readers to enjoy them is intemperately wasting his leisure and his literacy.