1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

John Langhorne, in The Viceroy; St. James's Chronicle (28 August 1762).



O Britain, Parent of illustrious Names,
Whilst o'er thy Annals Memory shoots her Eye,
How the Heart glows, rapt with high-wondering Love,
And emulous Esteem! Hail, Sydney, hail!
Whether Arcadian blythe, by Fountain clear,
Piping thy Love lays wild, or Spartan bold,
In Freedom's Van distinguish'd, Sydney, hail!
Oft o'er thy laurell'd Tomb, from Hands unseen,
Fall Flowers; oft in the Vales of Penshurst fair
Menalcas, stepping from his Evening Fold,
Listeneth strange Music, from the tiny Breath
Of fairy Minstrels warbled, which of old,
Dancing to thy sweet Lays, they learned well.