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And would with trubling thrilling teares
their Phenis 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 deceiv'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, agaio reviyes,
like fame abroad doth reepe; His noble offspring in each point
their father's course doo keepe.
Our Sidney therefore he is safe,
though death, thy force were showne, Thou nought of his, save bones, retainst,
his sp'rit to skies is flowne.
As much of him as smelt of earth,
so much in earth he left;
Jehova to him reft.
Hence, therefore, Death! go shake thine eares,
and triumph in thy trash;
our Sidney downe doth dash:
And if thou hast none other meane
to plague whom thou doest spight, Then, Death, let Sidney's happy lot
upon our shoulders light.
Make us remaine where Sidney raignes;
for that a life well led
when as the corps is dead.
Our Sidney therefore, living well,
most vertuous, just and pure;
hé bath his seat most sure.
Which state God graunt to all the imps,
that beares our Sidney's name! And whiles that in this vale they dwell,
they gaine no lesser fame.
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 his father. Compendiously abridged, and also paraphrastically dilated in English poesie, according to the anulogie of Scripture, and consent of the most approved wriler 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 “ 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)
Sundry Psalmes of David translated into verse, as briedy and significantly, as the scope of the text will
suffer, by the same author. (Ps. 27, 71, 119, 121, 130.)
Sundry Christian Passions, contained in two hundred
Sonnets. Divided into two equall parts: the first consisting chiefly of meditations, humiliations, and prayers; the second, of Comfort, Joy, and Thanksgiving. By H. L. London, Printed by Richard
Dedicated to the right renowned vertuous Virgin Elizabeth, worthy Queene of happie England.” (A sonnet.)
A square in verse of a 100 monosyllables only: describing the cause of England's ha ppin esse.
After the 200 sonnets follow
“Sundry affectionate sonets of a feeling conscience,” 100 in number, with an epilogue-sonnet.)
“ An Introduction to peculiar prayers.” 20 Sonnets; with a prefatory and concluding sonnet.
Sonnets of the Author to divers, collected by the printer; and thus severally addressed,
To the Abp. of Canterbury.
To Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
England. To Sir Edmund Anderson, Knt. Ld. Ch. Just, of the
Common Pleas. To Sir Wm. Perram, Knt. Ld. Chief Baron of the
Exchequer. To Sir Wm Russell, Ld. Deputie of Ireland. To Sir, W. Raleigh, Ld. Warden of the stanneries. To Sir John Norris, Ld. Generall of her Majesty's
forces in Ireland. To Sir Francis Veare. To Sir John Stanhop, Treasurer of the Chamber to
, her Majesty. To Sir Edw. Dyer, Chr. of the order of the Garter. To Sir Hen. Killegrew. To Robt. Bowes, Esq. Embassadour to Scotland. To Fulke Grevill, Esq. (afterwards Lord Brooke.) To the Rev. Dr. Andrews, Professor in Divinitie.