high Renaissance. Sources and analogues like the
Variorum ’s need hardly be abandoned, but they cannot exclude a verbal
parallel in English in a medievalpoem known to be familiar to Spenser. This
time, the evidence is incontrovertible.
The seventy-ninth sonnet devalues the lady’s ‘fayre’ (1)
appearance and ‘glorious hew’ (6), on both of which the lady prides herself.
The speaker supersedes these outer qualities with what alone ‘is permanent
and free / from frayle corruption, that doth flesh ensew’ (7–8). But unlike
Restoration of some local theatrical practices. For a seventeenth-century French parallel, see below, Chapter 5 , p. 197, n. 63.
179 On the theatricality of these two bears, see John Pitcher (ed.), The Winter’s Tale , The Arden Shakespeare, 3rd ser. (London: The Arden Shakespeare, 2010), p. 143, n. to ‘The names of the actors’, line 34.
180 ‘N. R.’, The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe , p. 419 (v.12 SD).
181 Ibid. , v.26 SD.
182 Though not, as it happens, with the Ovide moralisé tradition: the medievalpoem of Pyrame et Thisbé specifies ‘la trace dou