1586 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Geoffrey Whitney, "Non locus virum, sed vir locum ornat. To the honorable Sir Philip Sidney Knight" A Choice of Emblemes (1586) 38.



The trampinge steede, that champes the burnish'd bitte,
Is mannag'd brave, with ryders for the nones:
But, when the foole uppon his backe doth sette,
He throwes him downe, and ofte doth bruse his bones:
His corage feirce, dothe crave a better guide,
And eke such horse, the foole shoulde not bestride.

By which is ment, that men of judgement grave,
Of learning, witte, and eeke of conscience cleare,
In highe estate, are fitte theire seates to have,
And to be stall'd, in sacred justice cheare:
Wherein they rule, unto their endlesse fame,
But fooles are foil'd, and throwne out of the same.

—magnum hoc ego duco,
Quod placuit, qui turpi secernis honestum.