1660 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

E. B., "Epitaph upon Sir Philip Sydney" A Collection of several ingentious Poems and Songs by the Wits of the Age (1660) 113-14.



Deep lamenting loss of Treasure
Shews tormenting without measure,
Wisdom wailing, Honor crying,
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Altogether do betoken
Greater care then can be spoken.

Loss of wealth may be recovered,
Deadly peril soon discover'd;
Mortal wounds may be endured,
And their depth may well be cured
But my hope of help is none,
But both love and life is gone.

When I lived then I loved;
But my love from life removed,
And despair discomfort giving,
What is this but dying living?
Living death a sorrow, such
Never creature knew so much.

Reason, Sence, and Learning sweeting,
Where the Muses had their meeting;
Natures Grace, and Honors Glory,
Of the World the woful story,
That with bitter tears be read
Sweet Sir Philips Sidneys dead.

Dead! O no in heaven he liveth,
Whom the heavens such honor giveth,
That though here his Body lye,
Yet his soul doth never dye;
And as fame shall perish never,
So his faith shall live forever.