1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

U, C, J, B, "Lines on Sir Philip Sidney" St. James's Chronicle (5 January 1782).



P, Q, R, in your Paper of the 4th, has given you some Lines written by Mr. Waller, to commemorate an Oak planted at Sir Philip Sidney's Birth: Permit me to send you some Lines, written, as I am well assured, upon a decayed Oak in the same Park:

Stranger, kneel here, to Age due Homage pay:
When first Elisa held Britannia's Sway
My Growth began. — The same illustrious Morn—
Joy to the Hour — was gallant Sidney born.
Sidney, the Darling of Arcadia's Swains;
Sidney, the Terrour of the martial Plains;
He perished early, I just staid behind
An Hundred Year; and lo! my clefted Rind—
My wither'd Boughs — foretel Destruction nigh,
We all are mortal — Oaks and Heroes die.
Bath.