Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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12.

George Whetstone

1587

Whetstone (1550-87) was a soldier, a poet, and author of the play Promos and Cassandra (1578). He served in the Netherlands in 1586, and his poem in memory of Sidney is partly intended to justify and glorify the conduct of Leicester’s ‘stoute small bande’. Although Whetstone is at least vaguely aware of the ‘sweete devise’ of Arcadia—he knows that it contains pastoral elements, hence his assumption that The Shepheardes Calender is Sidney’s—the main emphasis is moralistic. The Duplessis-Mornay translation is at least as important as Arcadia (the author’s desire to ‘suppresse’ which accords with his parting advice to his brother: ‘Feare God, and live: love well my frendes; and knowe,/That worldly hopes, from vanitie doe flowe’ (sig. C1v). Sidney’s fame is built ‘on Hope, truth, zeale, Learning, and the Launce’ (sig. B3).


George Whetstones [sic], Sir Phillip Sidney, his honorable life, his valiant death, and true vertues, London [1587], sigs B1v-B3.


Whom to revive, Mars and the Muses meete,
In Armor faire, his hearse, the[y] have arayde:
And on the same, a robe downe to the feete,
About his healme, a Lawrell wreath is brayde,
And by his Swoord a Silver penne is layd,
And either saide, that he their glory was:
And either sight [=sighed], to see him vade [=fade (away)] like
Grasse….


In Court he liv’de, not like a Carpet knight,
Whose glory is in garments, and his tongue:
If men but knew, the halfe that he did write,
Enough to tyre, a memory so young
Needes must they say the Muses in him sounge,
His Archadia, unmatcht for sweete devise:
Where skill doth judge, is held in Soveraigne price.


What else he wrote, his will was to suppresse,
But yet the dark, a Dyomond cannot drowne:

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  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor’s Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Note on the Text xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Edward Waterhouse 87
  • 2 - Philip Sidney 88
  • 4 - Edmund Spenser 93
  • Note 94
  • 6 - George Puttenham 96
  • 7 - William Temple 98
  • 8 - Geoffrey Whitney 102
  • 12 - George Whetstone 110
  • 15 - Sir John Harington 115
  • 16 - Thomas Newman 118
  • 18 - Edmund Spenser 127
  • 21 - Thomas Moffet 136
  • 22 - John King 139
  • 24 - Gervase Markham 141
  • 25 - Francis Meres 146
  • Note 147
  • 27 - Ben Jonson 152
  • 29 - Brian Twyne 157
  • 32 - Matthew Gwynne 169
  • 34 - Richard Carew 171
  • 36 - John Day 174
  • Notes 186
  • Note 200
  • 45 - John Donne 211
  • 47 - Upon Sydneis Arcadia 217
  • 48 - Michael Drayton 219
  • 52 - Edmund Waller 227
  • 54 - Richard Lovelace 232
  • 62 - Charles Cotton 259
  • 63 - John Aubrey 260
  • 65 - Edward Phillips 264
  • 66 - Life of Spenser 265
  • 67 - D. Tyndale 266
  • 69 - Anthony Wood 268
  • 70 - ‘j.N.’ 270
  • 71 - D. Stanley 272
  • 72 - Elizabeth Montagu 275
  • 75 - Samuel Johnson 281
  • 76 - ‘philisides’ 283
  • 78 - The History of Argalus and Parthenia 287
  • 79 - The Gentleman’s Magazine 288
  • 80 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan 290
  • 84 - Thomas Zouch 296
  • 85 - The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1808 299
  • 87 - Sir Egerton Brydges 304
  • 89 - William Hazlitt 317
  • 94 - Henry Hallam 335
  • 95 - Isaac D’israeli 337
  • Select Bibliography 350
  • Index 353
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