Derricke's The Image of Irelande (1581) - Print 12


When flickering fame had fild the eares of marſhall men of might,
With rare report of Sydneys prayſe. (that honorable Knight)
And though the bruite in Iryſhe ſoyle did well confirme the ſame,
As who could ſay in Inglands claime, of Justice there he came,
And to mayntayne the ſacred right, of ſuch a Uirgine Queene,
For ſeeking of her Subiectes wealth, whoſe like hath neuer bene,
The great Oneale, to ſtrike the ſtroke, in ſealing up the ſame,
And to prepare this noble Knight, a way to greater fame,
Amazed with ſuch ſtraunge reportes, and of his owne accord,
Came in proſtrating him before, the presence of this Lord,
With humble ſute for Princes grace, and mercy to obtayne,
With like requeſt upon the ſame, his frendſhip to attayne.
Who promiſte then by pledge of life, and uertue of his hand,
For euer to her noble grace, a ſubject true to ſtand,
And to defend in each reſpect, her honor and her name,
Agaynſt all thoſe that durſt deface, the glory of the ſame.
Which things with other accions moe, redound unto the fame
Of good Syr Henry Sydney, Knight, ſo called by his name.
Loe where he ſittes in honors ſeate, moſt comely to be ſeene,
As worthy for to repreſent the perſon of a Queene.

When flickering fame had filled the ears of marshal men of might,
With rare report of Sydney's praise (that honourable Knight)
And though the brute in Irish soil did well confirm the same,
As who could say in England's claim, of Justice there he came,
And to maintain the sacred right, of such a Virgin Queen,
For seeking of her Subjects' wealth, whose like has never been,
The great O'Neal, to strike the stroke, in sealing up the same,
And to prepare this noble Knight a way to greater fame,
Amazed with such strange reports, and of his own accord,
Came in prostrating him before, the presence of this Lord,
With humble suit for Prince's grace, and mercy to obtain,
With like request upon the same, his friendship to attain.
Who promised then by pledge of life, and virtue of his hand,
For ever to her noble grace, a subject true to stand,
And to defend in each respect, her honour and her name,
Against all those that durst deface, the glory of the same.
Which things with other scions moe, redound unto the fame
Of good Sir Henry Sydney, Knight, so called by his name.
Lo where he sits in honour's seat, most comely to be seen,
As worthy for to represent, the person of a Queen.


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