1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Richard Alfred Davenport, "Sonnet. To the Memory of Sir Philip Sidney" Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1803 (1805) 341.



When all the glories of the Muse shall fade,
When dimm'd for ever Valour's ardent flame;
When spotless Virtue, sunk in deepest shade,
No more shall swell the clarion of Fame,
Then, not till then, O Sidney! shall thy name,
Dear to the Muse, to Virtue, Valour dear!
Cease from the tender, and the brave, to claim
The tribute due, of an approving tear;
Till then, thy godlike deeds, thy noble aim,
Thy glorious death, they sighing shall revere:
In bright array, intrepid shall they stand,
To guard from wrong thy memory divine:
Nor shall a trifler's* sacrilegious hand,
Tear the just laurels from thy hallow'd shrine.

* Horace Walpole.