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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Sir Philip Sidney
 
        [An English soldier and author; born in Kent, Nov. 29, 1554; educated at Oxford; sent on a diplomatic mission to Vienna by Queen Elizabeth; and as governor of Flushing, 1585, to assist the Dutch against Spain; killed at Zutphen, Sept. 22, 1586.]
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Take it, thy necessities are greater than mine.
          To a wounded soldier at Zutphen, who looked wistfully at some water which had been brought with difficulty for Sidney.
  He said to Queen Elizabeth, of the state of Holland, in 1576, “The spirit that animates them is the spirit of God,—and is invincible.”
  He remarked of the Scottish ballads of “Chevy Chase,” etc., “I have never heard the old story of Percy and Douglas, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.”
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