Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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The point about Xenophon and Heliodorus is taken almost word for word from A Defence of Poetry (MP, p. 81). Thus Sidney’s prose is saluted even before Arcadia is mentioned.

26.

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke

1599

Mary Sidney’s manuscript poems, introducing the Sidney/ Pembroke Psalms, were prepared for presentation to Elizabeth I at Wilton in 1599. The visit did not, in the event, take place. ‘Even now that Care’ in particular aims to take advantage of the opportunity publicly to associate the Queen, the Protestant hero Sidney and hoped-for interventionist deeds in Europe in these ‘active times’ (words with established Protestant, pro-war connotations). Margaret P. Hannay points out that the poem ‘continues the tradition of admonitory dedications of vernacular Scriptures to the sovereign, following the example provided by the Great Bible, the Bishops’ Bible, and the Psalters of Miles Coverdale, Richard Tavener, and Robert Crowley (Margaret P. Hannay, Philip’s Phoenix: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, Oxford, 1990, p. 85).

‘To the Angell spirit’ is a more intimate piece, important for an understanding of the author’s posthumous relationship with her brother and his work. (On this, and for a fuller discussion of the two poems more generally, see Introduction, pp. 40-2). The poem also perhaps, as Hannay says (p. 90), seeks to remind the Queen ‘that she had not favoured “the wonder of men, sole borne perfection’s kinde” as she ought, and, by implication, that she was not fulfilling her godly duties by defending the faith as Sidney had done’.

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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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