1750 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Francis Coventry, "Inscription for an Oak in Penshurst Park" 1750 ca.; Gentleman's Magazine 31 (April 1761) 184.



Stranger kneel here! to age due homage pay!
When great Eliza held Britannia's sway
My growth began — the same illustrious morn
Joy to the hour! saw gallant Sidney born;
Sidney, the darling of Arcadia's swains!
Sidney, the terror of the martial plains!
He perish'd early; I just stay behind
An hundred years; and lo! my clefted rind,
My wither'd boughs foretell destruction nigh;
We all are mortal; oaks and heroes die.