1650 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Anonymous, "Upon Sir Philip Sydney, dated 1650" Gentleman's Magazine 10 (September 1740) 615.



Hail, noble Sir, sprung from great Hector's side
Still keep thy march, 'till thou be dignifie
'Bove all thy mighty sires; whose temples round
With ever-verdant lawrels Mars hath crown'd.
Thou needst no Homer with his lofty rimes,
To sing thy lasting fame to future times,
Nor an Achilles, whose heroick worth
Thou mightst in more heroick verse set forth,
For since in arms and letters you excel
Write your own acts, and that will do as well.