Since Sidney dealt with `such writings as come under the banner of unresistable love' -- caught up in `swelling phrases, which hang together like a man which once told mee the winde was at North West, and by South, because he would be sure to name windes enowe' -- there has been a suspicion that the mistress was merely the occasion for the art.(3) In Amoretti, for instance, Spenser boasts that `this verse vowd
to eternity, / shall be thereof immortall moniment: / and tell her prayse to all posterity', urging the mistress to
Even this verse vowd
to eternity, shall be thereof immortall moniment: and tell her prayse to all posterity, that may admire such worlds rare wonderment, The happy purchase of my glorious spoile, gotten at last with labour and long toyle.