1587 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

George Whetstone, in Sir Phillip Sidney, his honorable Life, his valiant Death, and true Vertues (1587) sig. B2v.



In Court he liv'de not like a Carpet knight,
Whose glory is in garments, and his tongue:
If men but knew, the halfe that he did write,
Enough to tyre, a memory so young.
Needes must they say the Muses in him sounge,
His Archadia, unmacht for sweete devise:
Where skill doth judge, is held in Soveraigne price.

What else he wrote, his will was to suppresse,
But yet the darke, a Dyamond cannot drowne:
What be his workes, the finest wittes doe gesse,
The Shepheards notes, that have so sweete a sounde.
With Laurel bowghes, his healme, long since have Cround,
And not alone, in Poesie he did passe:
But ev'ry way, a learned Knight he was.