1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Edward Thurlow, "On beholding the Portraiture of Sir Philip Sidney in the Gallery at Penshurst" 1810; Hermilda in Palestine (1812) 1.



The man that looks, sweet Sidney, in thy face,
Beholding there love's truest majesty,
And the soft image of departed grace,
Shall fill his mind with magnanimity:
There may he read unfeign'd humility,
And golden pity, born of heavenly brood,
Unsullied thoughts of immortality,
And musing virtue, prodigal of blood:
Yes, in this map of what is fair and good,
This glorious index of a heavenly book,
Not seldom, as in youthful years he stood,
Divinest Spencer would admiring look;
And, framing thence high wit and pure desire,
Imagined deeds, that set the world on fire.