Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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76.

‘Philisides’

1758

The modernized blank verse pastorals of the unidentified ‘Philisides’ seem to have attracted little attention. As early as 1725 Mrs Stanley (No. 71) had left out the eclogues in accordance with ‘the opinion of most of my Subscribers’; later in the century Clara Reeve (No. 81) said that ‘Sidney’s Pastorals, are dull and unintelligible, and are generally skipped over by those who still read and admire the Arcadia’.


The Shepherd’s Calender. Being 12 Pastorals. Attempted in Blank Verse. The Subjects partly taken from the select Pastorals of Spencer, and Sir Philip Sidney, Dublin, 1758. From the Sixth Pastoral, pp. 17-19 (see OA71).

STREPHON and CLAIUS, lament their hopeless state thro’ Love.

By this the Night, out of the darksome Reign

Of Erebus, had call’d her teemed Steeds;

And lazy Vesper, in his timely Hour,

From golden Æta, had ascended Heav’n;

When Strephon, an undone forsaken Swain,

And hap’less Pastor Claius, Woe begone,

Thus in a dreary Forest mourn’d their Plight.

STREPHON.

Ye Goat-herd Gods, that love the grassie Hills,

Ye rural Nymphs that haunt the Vallies green,

Ye Satyrs that in quiet Woods delight;

Vouchsafe your silent Ears to my love Song;

Which to my Sorrows gives an early Day,

And to the Night my Misery prolongs.

CLAIUS.

Oh, Mercury, forerunner of the Night!

Dian! Sweet Huntress of the savage Wilds!

Oh, lovely Star, the Morning’s Harbinger!

While with my Voice the Forests wild I fill,

Vouchsafe your silent Ears unto my Plaint,

Which oft hath tired Echo in her Cave.

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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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