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THE

BRITISH PLUTARCH,

CONTAINING

THE LIVES

DIVINES,
PATRIOTS,
STATESMEN,
WARRIORS,

OF THE MOST EMINENT

PHILOSOPHERS,
POETS,

AND

ARTISTS,

OF

GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND,

FROM

THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII. TO THE PRESENT TIME.

5H $eto 4Btrition,

HE-ARRANGED, AND ENRICHED WITH SEVERAL

ADDITIONAL LIVES,

BY THE

REV. FRANCIS WRANGHAM, M.A. F.R.S.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

IN SIX VOLUMES.
VOL. II.

Triumph, my Britain! Thou hast those to show,

To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe. (jonson.)

Tij iusTjo-ETai;

(JEsch. 'eoti. im ©nf. 431.)

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, LUDGATE STREET; AND FOE
BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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THE

BRITISH PLUTARCH.

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY *

[1554—1586.]

THIS gallant gentleman, of whom it has been justly said, that' he approached more nearly to the idea of a perfect knight than any character of any age or nation,' was born Nov. 29,1554, at Penshurstf

* Authorities. Dr. Zouch's Memoirs of Sir Philip Sidney. \ From Ben Johnson's description of this place we learn that, though not embellished with works of touch or marble, with polished pillars or a roof of gold, it had better proofs of it's excellency in the fertility of it's soil, the salubrity of it's air, and it's charming scenery of wood and water;

'Thou hast thy walks for health as well as sport,
The mount to which the Dryads do resort,
Where Pan and Bacchus their high feasts have made
Beneath the broad beech and the chesnut shade:
That taller tree, which of a nut was set
At His great birth, where all the Muses met.' (Forest, ii.)
This oak, to which Waller also alludes, as

—' The sacred mark
Of noble Sidney's birth , .■
VOL. II. B

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