Lovelace (1618-57/8), courtier and supporter of Charles I, contributed to Clitophon and Leucippe with other Oxford friends or connections of the translator. ‘Astrophil’ is also saluted in a Chaucerian poem ‘To his Friend A.H.’ by Francis James (sig. A7); the name ‘Clitophon’ must also have reminded readers inescapably of the character in Arcadia.
For similar use of Arcadia and the combined virtues of the princesses, see Nos 52, 62, 35.
Faire ones, breathe: a while lay by
Blessed Sidney’s Arcady:
Here’s a Story that will make
You not repent Him to forsake.
Brave Pamela’s majestie,
And her sweet Sisters modestie,
Are fixt in each of you, you are
Alone, what these together were.
Bradstreet (c. 1612-72), born in England, settled in Massachusetts in 1630. Often in her elegy, praise for the work is held in tension with an awareness of possible scruples: Arcadia is ‘penn’d in his youth’ (cf. Moffet, No. 21) and ‘was thy shame’ (cf. Whetstone, No. 12, and Greville, No. 39), and its