Palladis Tamia was published in the same year as the Sidney Folio of 1598, the triumphant statement of Sidney’s reputation as the most important writer of the age. His prominence (only increased by the number of newer writers listed) contrasts instructively with his place in Puttenham’s work of the 1580s (No. 6).
[As Greek and Latin authors have made their tongues ‘famous and eloquent’] so the English tongue is mightily enriched, and gorgeouslie invested in rare ornaments and resplendent abiliments by sir Philip Sidney, Spencer, Daniel, Drayton, Warner, Shakespeare, Marlow and Chapman.
As Xenophon, who did imitate so excellently, as to give us effigiem iusti imperii, the portraiture of a just Empire unde the name of Cyrus (as Cicero saieth of him) made therein an absolute heroicall Poem; and as Heliodorus writ in prose his sugred invention of that picture of Love in Theagines and Clariclea,1 and yet both excellent admired Poets: so Sir Philip Sidney writ his immortal Poem, The Countesse of Pembrookes Arcadia, in Prose, and yet our rarest Poet.
…these are most famous among us to bewaile and bemoane the perplexities of Love, Henrie Howard Earle of Surrey, sir Thomas Wyat the elder, sir Francis Brian, sir Philip Sidney, sir Walter Rawley, sir Edward Dyer, Spencer, Daniel, Drayton, Shakespeare, Whetstone, Gascoyne, Samuell Page sometimes fellowe of Corpus Christi Colledge in Oxford, Churchyard, Bretton.
…amongst us the best in this kind [pastoral] are sir Philip Sidney, master Challener, Spencer, Stephen Gosson, Abraham Fraunce and Barnefield.