1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Joshua Sylvester, in Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1605) sig. B2.



ENGLAND'S
Apelles (rather
OUR APOLLO)
WORLD'S-wonder
SIDNEY,
that rare more-then-man,
This LOVELY VENUS
first to LIMNE begann,
With such a PENCILL
As no PENNE dares followe:
How then shold I, in Wit & Art so shalow,
Attempt the Task, which yet none other can?
Far be the thought that mine unlearned hand
His heavenly Labour shold so much unhallow,
Yet least (that Holy-RELIQUE being shrin'd
In som High-Place, close lockt from common light)
My Country-men should bee debar'd the sight
Of these DIVINE pure Beauties of the Minde;
Not daring meddle with APELLES TABLE;
This have I muddled as my MUSE was able.