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With a tale, for soothe, he cometh unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

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A bit about Sir Philip Sidney ...

Sir Philip Sidney (November 30, 1554 October 17, 1586) became one of the Elizabethan Age's most prominent figures. Famous in his day in England as a poet, courtier and soldier, he remains known as a writer of sonnets.

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