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OLD ENGLISH PROSE WRITERS.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY'S DEFENCE OF POESY.
So long ho reads in those antiquities,
That how the time has fled, he quite forgets.
Out of the olde fieldes, as men saithe,
Cometh all this newe corn fro yere to yere; And out of olde bookes, in goode faithe, . Cometh all this newe science that men lere.
Printers to the University.
Would I had fallen upon those happier days,
And SIDNEY, warbler of poetic prose.
Nor can the Muse the gallant SIDNEY pass,
The lover's myrtle, and the poet's bay.
Sir PHILIP SIDNEY and Mr. Hooker (in different matters) grew great masters of wit and language, and in whom all vigor of invention and strength of judgment