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Let envie therefore glut her gorge

upon our Sidney's life, Let Zoylus with reprochfull termes

unsheath his carpiny knife; Let grislie spite with poysned throte

not spare to speake her worst, Let rancor rage, let furies fret,

let hatred's belly burst : Let hedious death, with all his force,

doo what it can to spot His rare exploits, and from fame's rule

his famous facts to blot: Yet books shall ever blaze his prayse:

but if all books should quayle, His monuments to sound abroad

his fame will never fayle: But if those fade, whiles men do live,

whilės wood and stones remaine, Whiles time beares rule, and time being past,

whiles endlesse blisse doth raigne, From east to west, from north to south,

his stuinless fame shall flee; And from the pole Antarticke fast to Artick pole shall hie.

1 Dame Nature fram'd him for the nonst,

in such a curious frame, As skill, nor art, nor wisedome's lore,

should imitate the same. Revengement none he deem'd so great

as spare when he might spill: Full oft he staide, when he might strike,

and sav'd when he might kill.

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Disdainfull pride, contentious jarres,

a quenchlesse prowling mind, A double tongue, or fleeting faith,

in him no place could find. And, to be briefe, might vertues rare

preserv'd our Sidney's life; His corpse had never felt the brunt

of Atropos his knife. But what is past, is past all hope ;

nothing more sure than death : Scipio, Cirus, Cæsar, stout,

have been depriv'd of breath. Now bath her Highness lost a peere,

the court, a courtier brave; Now hath the countrey lost a guide,

the realme, a counsailor grave. Shall Caldea weepe for Moses' want?

shall Creete for Minos waile? Shall Tbebes for Tremegistus sobbe?

shall Troy for Priam quaile ?


Hath Athens lost a Solon sage,

and Greece a Nestor wise? And shall they both their patrons losse

lament in ruthfull guise ?

And shall not we of Cațnbrie coast

salt british teares distill ; And for our Sidney's late deceasse,

toull forth our dolefull knill ? Yes, doubtless yes; both yong and old,

rich, poore, both weake and strong, Both great and small, of Sidney's death

soundes foorth their mournefull song,


And would with trubling thrilling teares

their Phenix death lament; But that from cinders his they hope

an other will be sent : Who both in forme, in shape, in shew,

in grace, in faith, and fame; In pompe, in power, in gifts and glee,

will raise his father's name. And therefore Death was foule deceiy'd,

and mist his purpose quite; In seeking to suppresse his name,

by darking of his light. For as the man, whom Jason strake

in bosome with his knife, Brake his enpostume, and for death

did lengthen long his life; So Mors, in minde through envie's hate

to darken Sidney's name, Hath now, by vomiting of his spite,

enlarged much bis fame. And as Calisto, to a beare

being turn'd through Immo's spight, Was plac'd by Jove in azurde skies

to be a starre most bright; So Sidney's corps, by death subdued,

and rest of yitall breath, In sprite doth peerce the cristall clowdes,

and live to conquere death : And, Virbius-like, again reviyes,

like fame abroad doth reepe; His noble offspring in each point

their father's course doo keepe.

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Our Sidney therefore he is safe,

though death, thy force were showne, Thou nought of bis, save bones, retainst,

his sp'rit to skies is flowne.

As much of him as smelt of earth,

so much in earth he left;
The rest, ordained to endlesse blisse,

Jehova to him reft.

Hence, therefore, Death! go shake thine eares,

and triumph in thy trash;
Thy power, thy force, thy shaft, thy dart,

our Sidney downe doth dash:

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The Postscript of Lady Sidney is omitted here, as it will be found under the article of Mary Countess of Pembroke, in the forth-coming edition of Lord Orford's Royal and Noble Authors.


Art, V. Ecclesiastes, otherwise called the Preacher:

containing Salomans Sermons or Commentaries (as it may probably be collected) upon the 49 psalme of David lis father. Compendiously abridged, and also paraphrastically dilated in English poesie, according to the anulogie of Scripture, and consent of the most approved writer thereof. Composed by W.L, Gentleman. Whereunto are annexed sundrie sonets of Christian Passions heretofore printed, and now corrected and augmented, with other affectionate sonets of a feeling conscience, of the same authors. (Ps. cxliv. 3, 4. motto.) London: Printed by Richard Field; dwelling in the Blacke-friers neare Ludgate. 1597. 4to.

Dedicated 6 to the ladie of rarest vertues Q Eliz, by her Highnes' faithfull subject, Henrie Lok.” Certaine poems to the author of the worke are signed,

A. H. S. (Lat)
John Lilly, (ib.)
L. P. (ib.)
H. A. (Eng.)
M. C. (Eng.)
Sonnet to the Queen's most excellent Majestie.
Ecclesiastes Paraphrased, to chap. 12, (17 pages.)
Sonnet. “ Adue to world's vainc delight.”.

Sundry Psalmes of David translated into verse, as briefly and significantly, as the scope of the text will


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