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Nothing alas ! remains at all in wonted old estate, But all are turned topset down, quite void and desi The fainting horse for sudden pain his back from bui And after on his master's breast his lifeless limbs he so Who cries for help, but all in vain; the beasts in
bide Uokept, unknowen ways and paths do rang e and ove The bull for lack of food and meat in field all fainting And all his flock dispersed quite, the sely shepherd The herds eke among his beasts his fatal breath And to the heavens with piteous cries commends his la The harts without all fear of wolves, do live in wretch The rage and wiathful roaring sounds of ramping lion The vengeful wild outrageous bears are now as tame The ngly serpent that was wont in rocky dens to keep Oft quaffing poisoned venom sups in inward heat she And all inflamed and scorched, in vain for longer life The woods are not adorned now with fresh and lively The wonted shades are gone. All things are quite ou
No greenish grass on ground doth grow, the earth no
soups, The vine withouten any sap his drowsy head down di What shall I say ? all things alas ! are writhen out of And as it seem to me are like to fare still worse and w
This is part of the chorus at the end of the which gives minute particulars of the misery from the wrath of the gods.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.
· BORN 1554,-DIED 1586.
Thy SIDNEY, CANTIUM !--He, from court retired,
“The life of Sir Philip Sidney” says Mr. Campbell, was poetry put into action.” - As his heart was all virtue,” says Miss Porter, so his soul was all poetry : poetical thoughts burst and bloom even in his gravest prose.” Yet, strange to say, his poems have never been admitted into any collection, and are in a great measure unknown to the poetical reader. The truth is, that it has been a fashion for more than two hundred years, to praise Sir Philip Sidney, and in praising him, language itself has been exhausted. Much of this adulation has passed current from one author to another, without any examination of its merits, or the foundations upon which it was at first erected. It is certainly proper to approach this idol of his country wich respect; but, if we desire to do justice to his character, we must endeavour to divest our minds of prejudice; to forget all that has been written of him; and to form our opinions solely from what he himself has written.
Sir Philip Sidney was the eldest son of Sir Henry Sidney, and of Mary, eldest daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and, what is of more
consequence to the reader of his life to remem phew to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. ] born at Penshurst in Kent, his father's residen vember the 29th, 1554.
The family of Sidney is of French extracti cannot be traced, in this country, higher than 1 of Henry the second, to whom William de Sid Chamberlain.
The grandfather of our hero, Sir William de was one of the Commanders at the battle of ] and was made a Knight Banneret in consequ He was Chamberlain and Steward of the Ho to Henry the Eighth.
Sir Henry Sidney, his father, the only survi of Sir William de Sidney, was, from his infancy, the companion and bosom friend o Edward the Sixth; who knighted him, selec as his representative at the court of France, ai wards promoted him to several appointments person. During the succeeding reign, he co himself with so much prudence, as not only to honour and promotion, but also most effecti serve the obnoxious family to which he was a marriage. By Queen Mary, he was first aj Vice-Treasurer, and afterwards Governor Gei the Revenue, and Lord Justice of Ireland, ] so much in favour with the Queen, as to ob especial honour of giving to his eldest son the i the haughty Spanish monarch, to whom she wa: Upon the accession of Queen Elizabeth, all his and employments were confirmed to him. He addition, made Lord President of Wales, and :
of the Garter. The Government both of Ireland and Wales, which was never before nor since united in one person, he continued to hold for upwards of 20 years. Sir Henry Sidney was one of the most eminent Statesmen in an age celebrated for producing great men in that department; of unblemished honour, and of the strictest integrity; unable, after a life spent in the service of three sovereigns, and in employments where ample fortunes may, and have been acquired, to give a small portion of 2000 pounds to bis daughter, upon her marriage, or to reward his faithful secretary for his services. He was removed from the government of Ireland in 1578, but retained that of Wales until his death, which happened at Ludlow Castle, May 5th, 1586, in the 57th year of his age.
Greatly indebted as Sir Philip Sidney must have been to the instruction and example of such a father, he was probably even under greater obligations to his excellent mother. This lady, highly born, and carefully instructed, as the ladies of that age were-and as ladies should be in every age—in polite learning, possessed a mind and spirit equal to her illustrious birth. Warned by the fearful example in her family, she shrunk from public life, and sought happiness where it was more likely to be found, in the careful discharge of the retired and domestic duties. She was the first instructor of her son, and formed his infant mind to that love of virtue and noble actions, which afterwards rendered him so illustrious in his life time, and has embalmed his memory
From his mother's care, the young Philip was removed to a school at Shrewsbury, which was probably selected from its vicinity to Ludlow Castle, the residence of his father, as Governor of
Wales. He was an instance of early proficiency i tal attainments. Sir Fulke Greville says, lived with him, and knew him from a child, never knew him other than a man, with such a ness of mind, lovely and familiar gravity, as grace and reverence above his years.' At the years
he addressed his father in two ! written in Latin and French. His father's answer, is a valuable record of paternal solicitude, cont: compendium of excellent advice and instruction, too long for insertion in this place.
In the year 1569, Sir Philip Sidney was remov Oxford, and entered of Christ Church College he afterwards, according to the custom of tha passed some time at the sister University. ] this period, “such," says Fuller, “was his aptiti learning, that he could never be fed fast enough with, and so quick and strong his digestion, t soon turned it to wholesome nourishment, and 1 healthfully thereon."
In 1572, he obtained a licence for travellin was in Paris during the massacre of the protestai the horror and confusion of which, he saved his taking refuge in the residence of Sir Francis W ham, the English Ambassador. He spent three abroad, visited the principal cities of Italy and many, and formed intimacies with several disting foreigners. But, perhaps, the greatest acquisiti made during this period of his life, was the frie of Hubert Languet, a distinguished scholar, ai cellent man ; who continued ever afterwards to pond with him, and furnished him with the best and instruction,