1] In April 1581, Sidney took part in a tournament at Whitehall in honour of the emissaries of the Duke of Anjou, then in England negotiating for that prince's marriage with Queen Elizabeth. The poem clearly refers to this tournament.
7] sleight: skill.
9] of both sides. Both the Sidneys and the Dudleys (his mother's family) were distinguished in war and in chivalry.
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Original text: Sir Philip Sidney, Sir P. S. his Astrophel and Stella ([J. Charlewood] for T. Newman, 1591). STC 22536. Facs. edn.: Menston: Scolar Press, 1970. PR 2342 A7 1591A ROBA.
First publication date: 1591
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1:121.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/11
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