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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Apology for Poetry

Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
.. NOW, 1 therein, of all sciences (I speak still of human) according to the human conceits, is our Poet the Monarch. For he doth not only show the way, but giveth so sweet a prospect into the way, as will entice any man to enter into it. Nay he doth, as if your journey should lie through a fair Vineyard, at the first, give you a cluster of Grapes, that, full of that taste, you may long to pass further. He beginneth not with obscure definitions, which must blur the margent with interpretations, and load the memory with doubtfulness; but he cometh to you with words set in delightful proportion, either accompanied with, or prepared for the well-enchanting skill of Music; and with a tale forsooth he cometh unto you, with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney-corner …  1
Note 1. Sir Ph. Sidney. ‘Apology for Poetry’. 1595. Spelling modernized. [back]
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