An allegorical pastoral written by Spenser on his return to Kilcolman after his visit to London of 1589–91, published 1595. It was dedicated to Ralegh. The poem describes in allegorical form how Ralegh visited Spenser in Ireland and induced him to come to England ‘his Cynthia to see’—i.e. the queen. The poet tells of the glories of the queen and her court and the beauty of the ladies who frequent it. Then follows a bitter attack on the envies and intrigues of the court. The poem ends with a definition of true love and a tribute to Colin's proud mistress Rosalind.
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