The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse

1509-1659


Editor: David Norbrook
Editor: H. R. Woudhuysen

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Overview


The years from the accession of Henry VIII to the crisis of the English republic in 1659 were one of the most fertile epochs in world literature, and this anthology offers a generous selection of its poetry.

Arranged thematically, it is the first anthology fully to bring out the relationship between the period’s poetry and politics, and to explore the growth of innovative humanist ideas and forms. It devotes generous space to women poets, is equally distinctive in its emphasis on popular literature and draws renewed attention to international influences on early modern British culture. With presentation kept as true as possible to the Renaissance originals, the texts have been freshly edited; while David Norbrook’s Preface and Introduction illuminate some of the most controversial issues surrounding the Renaissance. A valuable range of appendices helps to make this a landmark text for the poetry and poetics of the period.

Table of Contents

Selected and with an Introduction by David Norbrook – Edited by H.R. Woudhuysen

Abbreviations Used in the Text
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on the Text and Annotation

I. The Public World
1. JOHN SKELTON: [from A Lawde and Prayse Made for Our Sovereigne Lord the Kyng]
2. SIR THOMAS MORE: De Principe Bono Et Malo
3. Quis Optimus Reipublicae Status
4. SIR DAVID LINDSAY: [from The Dreme] The Complaynt of the Comoun weill of Scotland
5. SIR THOMAS WYATT: [Who lyst his welth and eas Retayne]
6. In Spayn
7. [The piller pearisht is whearto I Lent]
8. HENRY HOWARD, EARLY OF SURREY: [Thassyryans king in peas with fowle desyre]
9. ANONYMOUS: John Arm-strongs last good night
10. ROBERT CROWLEY: Of unsaciable purchasers
11. JOHN HEYWOOD: [from A Ballad on the Marriage of Philip and Mary]
12. WILLIAM BIRCH: [from A songe betwene the Quenes majestie and Englande]
13. QUEEN ELIZABETH I: [The dowbt off future foes exiles my present joye]
14. SIR PHILIP SIDNEY: [from The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia]
15. ANONYMOUS: Of Sir Frauncis Walsingham Sir Phillipp Sydney, and Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancelor
16. GEORGE PUTTENHAM: Her Majestie resembled to the crowned piller
17. ANNE DOWRICHE: [from The French Historie]
18. SIR WALTER RALEGH: [Praisd be Dianas faire and harmles light]
19. [from Fortune hath taken the away my love]
20. QUEEN ELIZABETH I: [Ah silly pugge wert thou so sore afraid]
21. SIR WALTER RALEGH: The 21th: and last booke of the Ocean to Scinthia
22. The Lie
23. ALEXANDER MONTGOMERIE: [Remembers thou in Aesope of a taill]
24. SIR JOHN HARINGTON: A Tragicall Epigram
25. Of Treason
26. FULKE GREVILLE, LORD BROOKE: [from Caelica] Sonnet 78
27. GEORGE PEELE: [from Anglorum Feriae]
28. JOHN DONNE: The Calme
29. [from Satire 4]
30. ROBERT DEVEREUX, EARL OF ESSEX: [Change thy minde since she doth change]
31. MARY SIDNEY, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE: [To Queen Elizabeth]
32. EDMUND SPENSER: [from The Faerie Queene Book 5]
33. EOCHAIDH Ó HEÓGHUSA: [On Maguire’s Winter Campaign]
34. BEN JONSON: On the Union
35. SIR ARTHUR GORGES: Written upon the death of the most Noble Prince Henrie
36. SIR HENRY WOTTON: Upon the sudden Restraint of the Earle of Somerset, then falling from favor
37. WILLIAM BROWNE: [from Brittania’s Pastorals Book 2]
38. ANONYMOUS: Feltons Epitaph
39. ANONYMOUS: [Epitaph on the Duke of Buckingham]
40. SIR RICHARD FANSHAWE: [from An Ode Upon occasion of His Majesties Proclamation in the yeare 1630]
41. JOHN CLEVELAND: Epitaph on the Earl of Strafford
42. SIR JOHN DENHAM: Coopers Hill
43. MARTIN PARKER: Upon defacing of White-hall
44. ROBERT HERRICK: A King and no King
45. ANDREW MARVELL: An Horatian Ode upon Cromwel’s Return from Ireland
46. SIR WILLIAM MURE: [from The Cry of Blood, and of a Broken Covenant]
47. KATHERINE PHILIPS: On the 3. of September, 1651
48. JOHN MILTON: To the Lord Generall Cromwell May 1652
49. To Sir Henry Vane the younger
50. ANDREW MARVELL: [from The First Anniversary of the Government under O.C.]
51. ALEXANDER BROME: On Sir G.B. his defeat

II. Images of Love
52. ANONYMOUS: [Westron wynde when wylle thow blow]
53. SIR THOMAS WYATT: [They fle from me that sometyme did me seke]
54. [Who so list to hount I knowe where is an hynde]
55. [It may be good like it who list]
56. [My lute awake perfourme the last]
57. HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY: [The soote season, that bud and blome furth bringes]
58. ALEXANDER SCOTT: [To luve unluvit it is ane pane]
59. GEORGE TURBERVILLE: To his Love that sent him a Ring wherein was gravde, Let Reason rule
60. ISABELLA WHITNEY: I.W. To her unconstant Lover
61. GEORGES GASCOIGNE: [A Sonet written in prayse of the brown beautie]
62. ANONYMOUS: A new Courtly Sonet, of the Lady Greensleeves
63. SIR PHILIP SIDNEY: [from Certain Sonnets: 4]
64. [from The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia]
65. [from Astrophil and Stella] 1
66. [from Astrophil and Stella] 2
67. [from Astrophil and Stella] 9
68. [from Astrophil and Stella] 72
69. [from Astrophil and Stella] 81
70. [from Astrophil and Stella] 83
71. [from Astrophil and Stella] Eight song
72. [from Astrophil and Stella] Eleventh song
73. FULKE GREVILLE, LORD BROOKE: [from Caelica] Sonnet 22
74. [from Caelica] Sonnet 27
75. [from Caelica] Sonnet 39
76. [from Caelica] Sonnet 44
77. [from Caelica] Sonnet 84
78. MARK ALEXANDER BOYD: Sonet
79. ROBERT GREENE: Dorons description of Samela
80. EDMUND SPENSER: [from The Faerie Queene Book 2]
81. [from The Faerie Queene Book 3]
82. [from The Faerie Queene Book 3]
83. [from Amoretti] Sonnet 23
84. [from Amoretti] Sonnet 64
85. [from Amoretti] Sonnet 67
86. [from Amoretti] Sonnet 70
87. [from Amoretti] Sonnet 71
88. Epithalamion
89. SIR WALTER RALEGH: [As you came from the holy land]
90. SAMUEL DANIEL: [from Delia] Sonnet 13
91. [from Delia] Sonnet 39
92. [from Delia] Sonnet 52
93. SIR JOHN DAVIES: [from Gullinge Sonnets]
94. [Faith (wench) I cannot court thy sprightly eyes]
95. THOMAS NASHE: The choise of valentines
96. JOHN DONNE: To his Mistress going to bed
97. BARNABE BARNES: [from Parthenophil and Parthenophe] Sonnet 27
99. CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE: The passionate Sheepheard to his love
99. Hero and Leander
100. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: [from Venus and Adonis]
101. [from Lucrece]
102. RICHARD BARNFIELD: [from Cynthia] Sonnet 8
103. [from Cynthia] Sonnet 11
104. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: [from Sonnets] 19
105. [from Sonnets] 20
106. [from Sonnets] 29
107. [from Sonnets] 35
108. [from Sonnets] 36
109. [from Sonnets] 55
110. [from Sonnets] 56
111. [from Sonnets] 66
112. [from Sonnets] 74
113. [from Sonnets] 94
114. [from Sonnets] 121
115. [from Sonnets] 124
116. [from Sonnets] 129
117. [from Sonnets] 135
118. [from Sonnets] 138
119. [from Sonnets] 144
120. ROBERT SIDNEY, EARL OF LEICESTER: Sonnet 21
121. Sonnet 25
122. Sonnet 31
123. Songe 17
124. GEORGE CHAPMAN: [from Hero and Leander Sestiad 3]
125. JOHN MARSTON: [from The Metamorphosis of Pigmalions Image]
126. THOMAS DELONEY: [Long have I lov’d this bonny Lasse]
127. ANONYMOUS: [from The wanton Wife of Bath]
128. [JOHN DOWLAND]: [Fine knacks for ladies, cheape choise brave and new]
129. THOMAS CAMPION: [Followe thy faire sunne unhappy shaddowe]
130. [Rose-cheekt Lawra come]
131. [There is a Garden in her face]
132. JOHN DONNE: His Picture
133. The Sunne Rising
134. The Canonization
135. Loves growth
136. A Valediction of weeping
137. A Valediction forbidding mourning
138. MICHAEL DRAYTON: [from Idea] 10
139. [from Idea] 61
140. To His Coy Love, A Canzonet
141. BEN JONSON: Why I Write Not of Love
142. My Picture left in Scotland
143. LADY MARY WROTH: [from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus] 23
144. [from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus] 34
145. [from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus] A crowne of Sonetts dedicated to Love
146. [from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus]
147. [from The Countesse of Mountgomeries Urania] 7
148. ROBERT HERRICK: Delight in Disorder
149. The Vision
150. The silken Snake
151. Her Bed
152. Upon Julia’s haire fil’d with Dew
153. Upon Sibilla
154. THOMAS CAREW: The Spring
155. Ingratefull beauty threatned
156. [from A Rapture]
157. MARTIN PARKER: [from Cupid’s Wrongs Vindicated]
158. [from Well met Neighbour]
159. EDMUND WALLER: The story of Phoebus and Daphne appli’d
160. Song
161. The Budd
162. SIR JOHN SUCKLING: [Out upon it, I have lov’d]
163. JOHN CLEVELAND: The Antiplatonick
164. RICHARD LOVELACE: Song. To Lucasta, Going to the Warres
165. Gratiana dauncing and singing
166. To Althea, From Prison
167. Her Muffe
168. [from On Sanazar’s being honoured with six hundred Duckets by the Clarissimi of Venice, for composing an Elegiack Hexastick of the City. A Satyre]
169. ANDREW MARVELL: To his Coy Mistress
170. The Gallery
171. The Definition of Love
172. JAMES HARRINGTON: Inconstancy
173. KATHERINE PHILIPS: An Answer to another perswading a Lady to Marriage

III. Topographies
174. ALEXANDER BARCLAY: [from Certayne Egloges 5]
175. GEORGE BUCHANAN: Calendae Maiae
176. ANONYMOUS: [from Vox populi vox Dei]
177. ANONYMOUS: [from Jack of the North]
178. ANONYMOUS: The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield
179. BARNABE GOOGE: Goyng towardes Spayne
180. SIÔON PHYLIP: [from Yr Wylan]
181. SIR PHILIP SIDNEY: [from The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia]
182. EDMUND SPENSER: [from The Shepheardes Calender] Maye
183. ALEXANDER HUME: [from Of the day Estivall]
184. JOHN DAVIES: [from Epigrammes] In Cosmum 17
185. JOSEPH HALL: [from Virgidemiarum Book 5]
186. EVERARD GUILPIN: [from Skialetheia Satire 5]
187. ANONYMOUS: A Songe bewailinge the tyme of Christmas, So much decayed in Englande
188. JOHN DONNE: A nocturnall upon S. Lucies day, Being the shortest day
189. AEMILIA LANYER: The Description of Cooke-ham
190. BEN JONSON: To Penshurst
191. MICHAEL DRAYTON: [from Pastorals] The Ninth Eglogue
192. [from Poly-Olbion Song 6]
193. To the Virginian Voyage
194. SAMUEL DANIEL: [from Epistle. To Prince Henrie]
195. ANONYMOUS: On Francis Drake
196. W. TURNER: [from Turners dish of Lentten stuffe, or a Galymaufery]
197. JOHN TAYLOR: [from The Sculler] Epigram 22
198. WILLIAM BROWNE: [from Britannia’s Pastorals Book 2]
199. EDWARD HERBERT, LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY: Sonnet
200. RICHARD CORBETT: A Proper New Ballad Intituled the Faeryes Farewell: Or God-A-Mercy Will
201. SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT: The Countess of Anglesey lead Captive by the Rebels, at the Disforresting of Pewsam
202. GEORGE WITHER: [from Britain’s Remembrancer Canto 4]
203. JOHN MILTON: Song on May morning 204. L’Allegro
205. ROBERT HERRICK: To Dean-bourn, a rude River in Devon, by which sometimes he lived
206. Corinna’s going a Maying
207. To Meddowes
208. The Wassaile
209. RICHARD CRASHAW: [from Bulla]
210. ABRAHAM COWLEY: The Wish
211. ANONYMOUS: [The Diggers’ Song]
212. HENRY VAUGHAN: [from To his retired friend, an Invitation to Brecknock]
213. RICHARD LOVELACE: The Snayl
214. ANDREW MARVELL: Bermudas
215. The Mower to the Glo-Worms
216. The Mower against Gardens
217. The Garden
218. [from Upon Appleton House, to my Lord Fairfax]
219. MARGARET CAVENDISH, DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE: Of many Worlds in this World
220. A Dialogue betwixt Man, and Nature
221. Similizing the Sea to Meadowes, and Pastures, the Marriners to Shepheards, the Mast to a May-pole, Fishes to Beasts
222. KATHERINE PHILIPS: Upon the graving of her Name upon a Tree in Barnelmes Walks

IV. Friends, Patrons and the Good Life
223. SIR THOMAS WYATT: [Myn owne John poyntz sins ye delight to know]
224. GEORGE GASCOIGNE: [Upon the theme: Magnum vectigal parcimonia]
225. [Gascoignes wodmanship]
226. EDWARD DE VERE, EARL OF OXFORD: [Weare I a Kinge I coulde commande content]
227. THOMAS LODGE: [from Scillaes Metamorphosis]
228. JOHN DONNE: To Sir Henry Wotton
229. THOMAS DELONEY: The Weavers Song
230. THOMAS DEKKER: [Art thou poore yet hast thou golden Slumbers]
231. SAMUEL DANIEL: To Lucy, Countesse of Bedford, with Mr. Donnes Satyres
233. Inviting a Friend to Supper
234. [THOMAS RAVENSCROFT]: [Hey hoe what shall I say]
235. [Sing we now merily]
236. A Belmans song
237. THOMAS CAMPION: [Now winter nights enlarge]
238. ANONYMOUS: The Mode of France
239. MICAHEL DRAYTON: These verses weare made By Michaell Drayton Esquier Poett Lawreatt the night before hee dyed
240. EDMUND WALLER: At Pens-hurst
241. RICHARD LOVELACE: The Grasse-hopper. To my Noble Friend, Mr. Charles Cotton. Ode
242. ALEXANDER BROME: [from The Prisoners] Written when O.C. attempted to be King
243. JOHN MILTON: [To Edward Lawrence]
244. KATHERINE PHILIPS: Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia
245. Friendship in Embleme, or the Seal. To my dearest Lucasia
246. To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship

V. Church, State and Belief
247. JOHN SKELTON: [from Collyn Clout]
248. ANNE ASKEW: The Balade whych Anne Askewe made and sange whan she was in Newgate
249. LUKE SHEPHERD: [from The Upcheringe of the Messe]
250. ANONYMOUS: [A Lament for our Lady’s Shrine at Walsingham]
251. JOHN HEYWOOD: [from Epygrams] Of turnyng.
252. GEORGE PUTTENHAM: [from Partheniades] Partheniad 11 Urania
253. ROBERT SOUTHWELL: The burning Babe
254. HENRY CONSTABLE: To St. Mary Magdalen
255. SIR JOHN HARINGTON: A Groome of the Chambers religion in King Henry the eights time
256. JOHN DONNE: Satyre 3
257. Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westward
258. Hymne to God my God, in my sicknesse
259. [from Holy Sonnets]
260. [Since she whome I lovd, hath payd her last debt]
261. [Show me deare Christ, thy spouse, so bright and cleare]
262. FULKE GREVILLE, LORD BROOKE: [from Caelica] Sonnet 89
263. [from Caelica] Sonnet 99
264. [from Caelica] Sonnet 109
265. GILES FLETCHER: [from Christs Victorie, and Triumph in Heaven, and Earth, over, and after death]
266. AEMILIA LANYER: [from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum]
267. WILLIAM DRUMMOND: [For the Baptiste]
268. [Content and Resolute]
269. PHINEAS FLETCHER: [Vast Ocean of light, whose rayes surround]
270. JOHN MILTON: On the morning of Christs Nativity
271. FRANCIS QUARLES: [from Pentelogia] Fraud Mundi
272. [from Divine Fancies] On the contingencie of Actions
273. [from Divine Fancies] On the Needle of a Sun-diall
274. [from Divine Fancies] On the Booke of Common Prayer
275. [from Divine Fancies] On Christ and our selves
276. GEORGE HERBERT: Perseverance
277. Redemption
278. Easter wings
279. Prayer
280. Deniall
281. Jordan
282. The Collar
283. The Flower
284. The Forerunners
285. Love
286. [from The Church Militant]
287. ANONYMOUS: [Yet if his Majestie our Sovareigne lord]
288. SIDNEY GODOLPHIN: [Lord when the wise men came from Farr]
289. JOHN TAYLOR: [from Here followeth the unfashionable fashion, or the too too homely Worshipping of God]
290. EDMUND WALLER: Upon His Majesties repairing of Pauls
291. RICHARD CRASHAW: A Hymne of the Nativity, sung by the Shepheards
292. To the Noblest and best of Ladyes, the Countesse of Denbigh
293. [from The Flaming Heart]
294. ANONYMOUS: Upon Arch-bishop Laud, Prisoner in the Tower. 1641
295. ROBERT WILD: [from Alas poore Scholler, whither wilt thou goe]
296. JOHN MILTON: On the new forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament
297. MORGAN LLWYD: [from The Summer]
298. LAURENCE CLARKSON: [from A Single Eye All Light, no Darkness]
299. HENRY VAUGHAN: The Retreate
300. The World
301. Cock-crowing
302. The Water-fall
303. SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT: [from Gondibert Book 2]
304. ANNA TRAPNEL: [from The Cry of a Stone]
305. AN COLLINS: Another Song exciting to spirituall Mirth
306. ANDREW MARVELL: The Coronet

VI. Elegy and Epitaph
307. JOHN SKELTON: [from Phyllyp Sparowe]
308. HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY: [Norfolk sprang thee, Lambeth holds thee dead]
309. [W. resteth here, that quick could never rest]
310. NICHOLAS GRIMALD: [from A funerall song, upon the deceas of Annes his moother]
311. CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE: [My prime of youth is but a froste of cares]
312. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: [The Phoenix and Turtle]
313. JOHN DONNE: [from The Second Anniversarie] Of the Progres of the Soule
314. BEN JONSON: On My First Sonne
315. To the immortalle memorie, and friendship of that noble paire, Sir Lucius Cary, and Sir H. Morison
316. SIR WALTER RALEGH: [Even suche is tyme that takes in trust]
317. WILLIAM BROWNE: On the Countesse Dowager of Pembrooke
318. HENRY KING: An Exequy To his matchlesse never to be forgotten Freind
318. GEORGE HERBERT: [from Memoriae Matris Sacrum]
320. THOMAS CAREW: Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villers
321. SIR HENRY WOTTON: Upon the death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife
322. ROBERT HERRICK: To the reverend shade of his religious Father
323. Upon himselfe being buried
324. Upon a child
325. JOHN MILTON: Lycidas
326. [Methought I saw my late espoused Saint]
327. ‘ELIZA': To my Husband
328. HENRY VAUGHAN: [They are all gone into the world of light]
329. KATHERINE PHILIPS: Epitaph. On her Son H.P. at St. Syth’s Church where her body also lies Interred
330. Orinda upon little Hector Philips
331. JAMES SHIRLEY: [The glories of our blood and state]

VII. Translation
332. HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY: [from Virgil’s Aeneid Book 4]
333. RICHARD STANYHURST: [from Virgil’s Aeneid Book 4]
334. ARTHUR GOLDING: [from Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 6]
335. EDMUND SPENSER: [from Ruines of Rome: by Bellay] 5
336. MARY SIDNEY, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE: Quid gloriaris? Psalm 52
337. [from Psalm 89 Misericordias]
338. Voce mea ad Dominum Psalm 142
339. CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE: [from Ovides Elegies Book 1] Elegia. 13. Ad Auroram ne properet
340. [from Lucan’s Pharsalia Book 1]
341. SIR JOHN HARINGTON: [from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso Book 34]
342. EDWARD FAIRFAX: [from Tasso’s Godfrey of Bulloigne Book 4]
343. JOSUAH SYLVESTER: [from Saluste du Bartas’ Devine Weekes]
344. GEORGE CHAPMAN: [from Homer’s Iliad Book 12]
345. JOHN MILTON: The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. 1

VIII. Writer, Language and Public
346. JOHN SKELTON: [from A Replycacion]
347. THOMAS CHURCHYARD: [from A Musicall Consort]
348. SIR JOHN HARINGTON: Of honest Theft. To my good friend Master Samuel Daniel
350. JOHN DONNE: The triple Foole
351. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: [from Sonnets]
352. JOHN MARSTON: [from The Scourge of Villanie] In Lectores prorsus indignos
353. SAMUEL DANIEL: [from Musophilus]
354. BEN JONSON: A Fit of Rime against Rime
355. An Ode. To himselfe
356. GEORGE CHAPMAN: [from Homer’s Iliad, To the Reader]
357. SIR WALTER RALEGH: To the Translator
358. WILLIAM BROWNE: [from Britannia’s Pastorals Book 2]
359. RACHEL SPEGHT: [from The Dreame]
360. MICHAEL DRAYTON: [from Idea]
361. To my most dearely-loved friend Henery Reynolds Esquire, of Poets and Poesie
362. [from The Muses Elizium] The Description of Elizium
363. JOHN MILTON: [from At a Vacation Exercise]
364. JOHN TAYLOR: [from A comparison betwixt a Whore and a Booke]
365. THOMAS CAREW: An Elegie upon the death of the Deane of Pauls, Dr. John Donne
366. A Fancy
367. ROBERT HERRICK: To the Detracter
368. Posting to Printing
369. GEORGE WITHER: [from Vox Pacifica]
370. SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT: [from Gondibert Book 2]
371. MARGARET CAVENDISH, DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE: The Claspe
372. [The Common Fate of Books]
373. ABRAHAM COWLEY: The Muse
374. HENRY VAUGHAN: The Book

Notes to the Text
Appendix 1: Index of Genres
Appendix 2: Index of Metrical and Stanzaic Forms
Appendix 3: Glossary of Classical Names
Appendix 4: Biographical Notes on Authors
Appendix 5: Index of Authors
Index of First Lines
Index of Titles

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