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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Sir Philip Sidney

  • [An English soldier and author; born in Kent, Nov. 29, 1554; educated at Oxford; sent on a diplomatic mission to Vienna by Queen Elizabeth; and as governor of Flushing, 1585, to assist the Dutch against Spain; killed at Zutphen, Sept. 22, 1586.]
  • Take it, thy necessities are greater than mine.

  • To a wounded soldier at Zutphen, who looked wistfully at some water which had been brought with difficulty for Sidney.
  • He said to Queen Elizabeth, of the state of Holland, in 1576, “The spirit that animates them is the spirit of God,—and is invincible.”
  • He remarked of the Scottish ballads of “Chevy Chase,” etc., “I have never heard the old story of Percy and Douglas, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.”