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Sir Philip Sidney

(1554 - 1586 / Kent / England)

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Sir Philip Sidney was born at Penshurst Place, Kent, eldest son of Sir Henry Sidney. He entered Shrewsbury School in 1564 on the same day as Fulke Greville, his friend and biographer. After attending Christ Church, Oxford (1568-72), he travelled in Europe where for three years he perfected his knowledge of Latin, French and Italian. In 1577, aged twenty-two, he was sent as ambassador to the German Emperor and the Prince of Orange.

His strong Protestant sympathies made him advise Elizabeth I in a private letter (1579) against marrying the Duke of Anjou, Roman Catholic heir to the French throne. He was knighted in 1583 and became Member of Parliament for Kent in 1581 and 1584-85. ... more »

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  • Nor envy's snaky eye, finds harbour here,
    Nor flatterers' venomous insinuations,
    Nor cunning humorists' puddled opinions,
    Nor courteous ruin of proffered usury,
    Nor time pr...
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet. Arcadia. . . Poets of the English Language, Vols. I-V. Vol. I: Langland to Spenser; Vol. II: Marlowe ...
  • Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
    The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe,
    The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release,
    Th'indifferent judge between the high an...
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet, diplomat, soldier. Astrophel and Stella, sonnet 39 (1591).
  • ''Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes,
    Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
    Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.''
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet, diplomat, soldier. Astrophel and Stella, sonnet 1 (1591).
  • ''With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies;
    How silently, and with how wan a face.''
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet, diplomat, soldier. Astrophel and Stella, sonnet 31 (1591).
  • ''Yea, worse than death: death parts both woe and joy:
    From joy I part, still living in annoy.''
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet. Certain Sonnets: A Farewell (l. 13-14). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen G...
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