Sir Philip Sidney

Astrophel and Stella: XLI

Sir Philip Sidney was an English poet, courtier, scholar and soldier who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age.

Having this day my horse, my hand, my lance
  Guided so well that I obtain'd the prize,
  Both by the judgment of the English eyes
  And of some sent from that sweet enemy France;
  Horsemen my skill in horsemanship advance,
  Town folks my strength; a daintier judge applies
  His praise to sleight which from good use doth rise;
  Some lucky wits impute it but to chance;
  Others, because of both sides I do take
  My blood from them who did excel in this,
  Think Nature me a man of arms did make.
  How far they shot awry! The true cause is,
  Stella look'd on, and from her heav'nly face
  Sent forth the beams which made so fair my race.