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Edmund Spenser (1552—1599) poet and administrator in Ireland

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1 in Spenser's Faerie Queene (ii. iv), is the unfortunate squire who slays Claribel and poisons Philemon;

2 in classical mythology, the boatman with whom Sappho is said to have fallen in love. Lyly wrote a play on the subject (Sapho and Phao).

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