9780192840806

Sir Philip Sidney: The Major Works

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    9780192840806

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    0192840800

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This authoritative edition brings together a unique combination of Sidney's poetry and prose--all the major writing, complemented by letters and elegies--that reveals the essence of his work and thinking. Born in 1554, Sir Philip Sidney was hailed as the perfect Renaissance patron, soldier, lover, and courtier, but it was only after his untimely death at the age of thirty-one that his literary accomplishments were truly recognized. This collection ranges more widely through Sidney's works than any previous volume and includes substantial parts of both versions of the Arcadia, The Defence of Poesy and the whole of the sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella. Supplementary texts, such as his letters and the numerous elegies which appeared after his death, help to illustrate the whole spectrum of his achievements, and the admiration he inspired in his contemporaries.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgements xix
Chronology xxi
Note on the Text xxv
A dialogue between two shepherds, uttered in a pastoral show at Wilton
1(1)
Two songs for an Accession Day Tilt
2(1)
`Philisides, the shepherd good and true'
2(1)
`Sing, neighbours, sing; hear you not say'
3(2)
The Lady of May
5(9)
Certain Sonnets
14(24)
`The lad Philisides'
38(4)
The Old Arcadia
42(97)
The First Eclogues
42(29)
The Second Eclogues
71(26)
The Third Eclogues
97(17)
The Fourth Eclogues
114(20)
`What tongue can her perfections tell'
134(3)
`Since nature's works be good, and death doth serve'
137(2)
Lamon's Tale
139(14)
Astrophil and Stella
153(59)
The Defence of Poesy
212(40)
The New Arcadia
252(22)
`The pitiful story of the Paphlagonian unkind king'
253(5)
`The Iberian jousts'
258(3)
`Temptations to love and marriage'
261(5)
`The aunt's atheism refuted by the niece's divinity'
266(8)
Psalms
274(5)
VI
274(1)
XIII
275(1)
XXIII
275(1)
XXIX
276(1)
XXXVIII
277(2)
Letters
279(20)
To Sir William Cecil, 26 February 1569
279(1)
To Hubert Languet, 4 February 1574
279(2)
To the Count of Hanau, 12 June 1575
281(1)
To the Earl of Sussex, 16 December 1577
281(1)
To Hubert Languet, 1 March 1578
282(2)
To Edmund Molyneux, 31 May 1578
284(1)
To Robert Sidney [undated]
284(3)
To Edward Denny, 22 May 1580
287(3)
To the Earl of Leicester, 2 August 1580
290(1)
To Robert Sidney, 18 October 1580
291(3)
To William Temple, 23 May 1584
294(1)
To Sir Francis Walsingham, 24 March 1586
295(1)
To Justus Lipsius, 14 September 1586
296(1)
To Sir Francis Walsingham, 22 September 1586
297(1)
To Johan Wyer, 16 October 1586
297(2)
Appendices 299(31)
A. Henry Goldwell, A brief declaration of the shows performed before the Queen's Majesty and the French ambassadors, 1581
299(12)
B. Edmund Molyneux, `A historical remembrance of the Sidneys'
311(4)
C. Anon, `The manner of Sir Philip Sidney's death'
315(4)
D. Three elegies on Sidney from The Phoenix Nest, 1593.
319(10)
E. Extract from Fulke Greville, The Life of Sir Philip Sidney, 1633.
329(1)
Abbreviations 330(2)
Notes 332(77)
Further Reading 409(2)
Selective Glossary 411(1)
Index of First Lines 412

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