William A. Ringler, Jr. (ed.), The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney

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Geron Histor

Geron. In faith, good Histor, long is your delay,

Critical Apparatus2From holy marriage, sweete and surest meane

Critical Apparatus3Our foolish lustes in honest rules to stay.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus4  I pray thee doo to Lalus' sample leane:

5Thou seest, how friske, and jolly now he is,

Critical Apparatus6That last day seem'd, he could not chew a beane.

7  Beleeve me man, there is no greater blisse,

8Then is the quiet joy of loving wife;

9Which who so wants, halfe of himselfe doth misse.

10  Friend without change, playfellow without strife,

11Foode without fulnes, counsaile without pride,

12Is this sweet doubling of our single life.

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Histor. No doubt to whom so good chance did betide,

Critical Apparatus14As for to finde a pasture strowed with golde,

15He were a foole, if there he did not bide.

16  Who would not have a Ph œnix if he could ?

17The humming Waspe, if it had not a stinge,

Critical Apparatus18Before all flies the Waspe accept I would.

Critical Apparatus19  But this bad world, few golden fieldes doth bring,

20Ph œnix but one, of Crowes we milllions have:

Editor’s Note21The Waspe seemes gay, but is a combrous thing.

22  If many Kalaes our Arcadia gave,

23Lalus' example I would soone ensue,

24And thinke, I did my selfe from sorrow save.

25  But of such wives we finde a slender crew;

Critical Apparatus26Shrewdnes so stirres, pride so puffes up their hart,

27They seldome ponder what to them is due.

28  With meager lookes, as if they still did smart;

29Puiling, and whimpring, or else scolding flat,

30Make home more paine then following of the cart.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus31  Either dull silence, or eternall chat;

32Still contrarie to what her husband sayes;

33If he do praise the dog, she likes the cat.

34  Austere she is, when he would honest playes;

35And gamesome then, when he thinkes on his sheepe;

36She bids him goe, and yet from jorney stayes.

Critical Apparatus37  She warre doth ever with his kinsfolke keepe,

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus38And makes them fremb'd, who frendes by nature are,

39Envying shallow toyes with malice deepe.

40  And if forsooth there come some new found ware,

Critical Apparatus41The little coine his sweating browes have got,

Critical Apparatus42Must goe for that, if for her lowres he care:

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus43  Or els; 'Nay faith, mine is the luckiest lot,

Editor’s Note44That ever fell to honest woman yet:

Critical Apparatus45No wife but I hath such a man, God wot'.

46  Such is their speech, who be of sober wit;

pg 105Critical Apparatus47But who doo let their tongues shew well their rage,

Editor’s Note48Lord, what bywords they speake, what spite they spit ?

49  The house is made a very lothsome cage,

50Wherein the birde doth never sing but cry;

Critical Apparatus51With such a will that nothing can asswage.

52  Dearely the servants doo their wages buy,

Critical Apparatus53Revil'd for ech small fault, sometimes for none:

Critical Apparatus54They better live that in a gaile doo lie.

55  Let other fowler spots away be blowne;

56For I seeke not their shame, but still me thinkes,

Critical Apparatus57A better life it is to lye alone.


Geron. Who for ech fickle feare from vertue shrinkes,

Critical Apparatus59Shall in this life embrace no worthy thing:

60No mortall man the cuppe of suretie drinkes.

61  The heav'ns doo not good haps in handfuls bring,

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus62But let us pick our good from out much bad:

63That still our little world may know his king.

64  But certainly so long we may be glad,

Critical Apparatus65While that we doo what nature doth require,

66And for th'event we never ought be sad.

Editor’s Note67  Man oft is plag'de with aire, is burnt with fire,

68In water dround, in earth his buriall is;

69And shall we not therefore their use desire ?

70  Nature above all things requireth this,

71That we our kind doo labour to maintaine;

Editor’s Note72Which drawne-out line doth hold all humane blisse.

Critical Apparatus73  Thy father justly may of thee complaine,

Critical Apparatus74If thou doo not repay his deeds for thee,

75In granting unto him a grandsire's gaine.

76  Thy common-wealth may rightly grieved be,

77Which must by this immortall be preserved,

Critical Apparatus78If thus thou murther thy posteritie.

79  His very being he hath not deserved,

80Who for a selfe-conceipt will that forbeare,

pg 10681Whereby that being aye must be conserved.

82  And God forbid, women such cattell were,

83As you paint them: but well in you I finde,

Critical Apparatus84No man doth speake aright, who speakes in feare.

85  Who onely sees the ill is worse then blind.

Critical Apparatus86These fiftie winters maried have I beene;

87And yet finde no such faults in womankind.

88  I have a wife worthie to be a Queene,

89So well she can command, and yet obay;

Critical Apparatus90In ruling of a house so well shee's seene.

Critical Apparatus91  And yet in all this time, betwixt us tway,

92We beare our double yoke with such consent,

Critical Apparatus93There never past foule word, I dare well say.

Critical Apparatus94  But these be your love-toyes, which still are spent

95In lawlesse games, and love not as you should,

96But with much studie learne late to repent.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus97  How well last day before our Prince you could

98Blinde Cupid's workes with wonder testifie ?

99Yet now the roote of him abase you would.

100  Goe to, goe to, and Cupid now applie

101To that where thou thy Cupid maist avowe,

102And thou shalt finde, in women vertues lie.

Critical Apparatus103  Sweete supple mindes which soone to wisdome bowe

Critical Apparatus104Where they by wisdome's Rules directed are,

Critical Apparatus105And are not forst fonde thraldome to allow.

106  As we to get are fram'd, so they to spare:

Critical Apparatus107We made for paine, our paines they made to cherish:

Critical Apparatus108We care abroad, and they of home have care.

109  O Histor, seeke within thy selfe to flourish:

110Thy house by thee must live, or els be gone:

111And then who shall the name of Histor nourish ?

Critical Apparatus112  Riches of children passe a Prince's throne;

113Which touch the father's hart with secret joy,

Critical Apparatus114When without shame he saith, 'these be mine owne'.

pg 107115  Marrie therefore; for marriage will destroy

Critical Apparatus116Those passions which to youthfull head doo clime,

117Mothers and Nurses of all vaine annoy.

Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus118

Histor. Perchaunce I will, but nowe me thinkes it tyme

Critical Apparatus119We go unto the Bryde, and use this daye

120To speak with her, while freely speak we maye.

Notes Settings


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67 9093, OA.
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2 marriage … meane: 90.
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3 lustes] lust 9093.
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4 Lalus'] kalas Da.
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4 sample, example.
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6 chew] chawe St Da Qu, chowe Bo, shewe Ph.
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14 strowed] strawed 9093, strewde Cl Qu, araide Je.
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18 flies] flees St Cl, theis Qu.
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19 doth] do Da Ph Je.
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21 combrous, troublesome.
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26 their] the 9093.
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31–33 om. Da Ph Je Qu.
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31 Either] Ether 90.
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31–33. Omitted by the transcriber of T, but restored or new lines supplied by Sidney himself in T3.
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37 kinsfolke] kinsfolkes Bo As.
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38 fremb'd] fremd foe Cl, frend Da, freme Ph, frendes Je, fiende Qu.
frendes] frinds 9093.
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38 fremb'd, unfriendly.
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41 have] hathe Cl Le As Je.
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42 lowres] Love Cl Le As Da.
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43 lucklest] looklest St, lucliest Bo Je, Luckless Cl Le Da Ph.
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43 lucklest, most unlucky (superlative of 'luckless').
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44 yet, pronounced [jit] by Sidney.
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45 hath] haue Bo Cl As Je.
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47 doo] dothe Cl Le As Da.
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48 bywords, epithets of scorn.
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51 that] as 9093.
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53 sometimes] some tyme Cl Le Qu, soneetynee As.
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54 gaile] gayole St, geile Bo, Gayle Cl Ph, Gaole Le As Qu, gaoyle Da, goyall Je.
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57 lye] live Cl Je Qu.
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59 this] his 9093.
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62 let] lettes St Le As.
pick our] pike our 9093, pick or Bo, pick oute Cl As, or Qu.
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62–63. Our 'little world' is the microcosm, the individual man, which knows (acknowledges) its king (reason) by rationally choosing the good.
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65 what] that Le As.
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67–69. Cf. Defence of Poesie (iii. 31), 'With a swoord thou maist kill thy Father, and with a swoord thou maist defend thy Prince and Countrey.'
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72 drawne-out line, line of descendants.
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73 justly may of thee] may of thee iustly Le Je.
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74 deeds] debtes Je Qu.
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78 posteritie] prosperitie Da Je.
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84 who] yt As Da, which Je Qu.
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86 winters] yeares Le Je Qu.
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90 shee's] shee ys Cl, ys Ph Je.
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91 tway] twaine Da Je Qu.
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93 There] That 9093, their As.
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94 be] are Cl Le As.
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97 our] yor Cl Je Qu.
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97–98. A reference to Histor's prose account, in the First Eclogues, of the miseries visited upon Erona for despising love (iv. 62–67).
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103 supple] simple Je Qu.
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104 Where they by] wherby all Je, whereby Qu.
Rules] rule 9093 Le.
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105 are] yet Cl Le As.
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107 our paines they made] they made oure paynes Cl Le As.
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108 home] whome Da Ph.
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112 Prince's] Princesse St Le, princely Da.
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114 mine] my Da Qu.
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116 passions] poysons Je Qu.
head] heades Je Qu.
clime 90.
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118–20 om. 90–05 (restored from MS. by 13).
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118 Perchaunce] Perhappes Je Qu.
me thinkes] I think Bo Da Ph.
Editor’s Note
118–20. Omitted in 90 because the poem had been transferred to the First Eclogues where there was no mention of a bride. 93, though it replaced the poem in the Third Eclogues, took its text from 90 and also omitted these lines; 13 restored them from an Old Arcadia manuscript.
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119 We] To 13.
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