National Geographic : 1968 Nov
Poet and cavalier,Sir Philip Sidney epitomized England's Renaissance man. With Spenser and Shakespeare, he popularized the love sonnet, introducedfrom Italy. At 32,fighting on a Dutch battlefield, he saw a fellow officer riding unprotected by leg armor.Sidney removed his own to share the same risks, an act that cost him his life. With this lock of her hair, the graying Elizabeth bestowed favor on the young poet. Sidney, on bended knee, offered her a verse: Her inward worth all outward show transcends, Envy her merits with regret commends; Like sparkling gems her virtues draw the sight, And in her conduct she is always bright. When she imparts her thoughts, her words have force, And sense and wisdom flow in sweet discourse. BYPERMISSIONOF VISCOUNTDEL'ISLE, V.C., FROMHIS COLLECTIONAT PENSHURSTPLACE,KENT;KODACHROME AT WILTONHOUSE,COURTESYTHE EARLOF PEMBROKE© N.G.S.