Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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parlers, chambers, and other houses necessary for finenesse of workmanship and cleanlinesse within, comparable to Ivory palaces: on each side of the tower were large vaults, with swelling pyramids at every corner, planted above with all kindes of fruitfull trees, and herbes of faire shew and odoriferous smell, with many other such singularities, as may farre better be divined than exprest by tongue. But all the singularities of the place were farre surmounted by the friendly invitations and entertainment of more than courteous Xerxenus.


45.

John Donne

1621-31

Donne’s poem on the Sidney Psalms, first published in 1635, must have been written between the death of the Countess of Pembroke in September 1621 (she has been ‘translated’ to Heaven in line 53) and Donne’s own death in March 1631. His awareness that Psalms are better ‘attyr’d’ abroad than at home probably reflects an awareness of the Sidneys’ use of the Protestant Psalms of Marot and Bèze as their principal source. Helen Gardner (John Donne, The Divine Poems, Oxford, 1952, p. 103) gives a different explanation: ‘“Abroad”, that is in “chambers”, the Psalms can be found in this admirable version; “at home”, that is in Churches, they are sung in a bad version.’


‘Upon the translation of the Psalmes by Sir Philip Sydney, and the Countesse of Pembroke his Sister’, in The Complete English Poems of John Donne, ed. C.A. Patrides, London, 1985, pp. 467-9.


Eternall God (for whom who ever dare
Seeke new expressions, doe the Circle square,
And thrust into strait corners of poore wit
Thee, who art cornerlesse and infinite)

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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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