Sir Philip Sidney

(1554 - 1586 / Kent / England)

Sir Philip Sidney Quotes

  • ''Thy necessity is yet greater than mine.''
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet, diplomat, soldier. Quoted in Life of Sir Philip Sidney, ch. 12, Sir Fulke Greville (1652). offering his water to a dying soldier, at the battle of Zutphen, Sept. 22, 1586, where Sidney himself had received a mortal wound.
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Sonnet VII: When Nature

When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes,
In color black why wrapp'd she beams so bright?
Would she in beamy black, like painter wise,
Frame daintiest lustre, mix'd of shades and light?

Or did she else that sober hue devise,
In object best to knit and strength our sight,
Lest if no veil those brave gleams did disguise,
They sun-like should more dazzle than delight?

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