Phillips (1630-96?), miscellaneous writer, did not share the political and religious views of his uncle and tutor, John Milton (No. 58). His possible hesitation over the merits of Astrophil and Stella may suggest, rather, that it seemed more old-fashioned than Arcadia to Restoration readers. Certainly it is mentioned much less often in the period. Elsewhere in Theatrum Poetarum (p. 3) Phillips censures the ‘Latin Measures’ in the eclogues, as unsuitable to English and other modern languages (p. 3).
Sr Philip Sidney, the Glory of the English Nation in his time, and Pattern of true Nobility, [was] as equally addicted both to Arts and Arms, though more fortunate in the first…. He was the great English Mecaenas of Vertue, 1 Learning and Ingenuity, though in his own Writings chiefly if not wholy Poetical; his Arcadia being a Poem in design, though for the most part in Solute [=free, discursive] Oration, and his Astrophil and Stella, with other things in Verse, having, if I mistake not, a greater Spirit of Poetry, than to be altogether disesteem’d.