The Queen’s Men


(notes edited by John McGivering)


Published in Rewards and Fairies (1910), accompanying the story “Gloriana” about Queen Elizabeth I.

Belphoebe: in line 18, was a virgin huntress in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene who, among other significances, is used (like ‘Gloriana’) as an image of Queen Elizabeth.

Dik Cadbury singing Peter Bellamy’s setting is here.



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