Edmund Spenser

But his hopes of employment at court were never fulfilled because he lacked the moral pliancy necessary for promotion as a courtier:

“For sooth to say, it is no sort of life,
For shepherd fit to lead in that same place,
Where each one seeks with malice and with strife,
To thrust downe other into foul disgrace,
Himselfe to raise.”

——“A Short History Of English Literature”