Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1B, The: The Early Modern Period, 4th edition

  • David Pritchard
  • David Damrosch
  • Kevin J. H. Dettmar
  • Clare Carroll

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The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written.  This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectivessectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works.  New works include William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat (the 1st English novel), Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Books 6 and the Two Cantos of Mutability and William Shakespeare’s Othello and King Lear.  

Table of contents

*** denotes selection is new to this edition.




JOHN SKELTON***                                                                              

The Bowge of Courte***



Sir Thomas Wyatt

     The Long Love, That in My Thought Doth Harbor  

Companion Reading

Petrarch: Sonnet 140  

     Whoso List to Hunt  

Companion Reading

Petrarch: Sonnet 190  

     My Galley 

     Some Time I Fled the Fire 

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

     Love That Doth Reign and Live within My Thought  

     Th’Assyrians’ King, in Peace with Foul Desire  

     Set Me Whereas the Sun Doth Parch the Green  

     The Soote Season  

    Alas, So All Things Now Do Hold Their Peace  

Companion Reading

Petrarch: Sonnet 164  

George Gascoigne

     Seven Sonnets to Alexander Neville  

Edmund Spenser


1 (“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands”)  

4 (“New yeare forth looking out of Janus gate”)  

13 (“In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth”)  

22 (“This holy season fit to fast and pray”)  

62 (“The weary yeare his race now having run”)  

65 (“The doubt which ye misdeeme, fayre love, is vaine”)  

66 (“To all those happy blessings which ye have”)  

68 (“Most glorious Lord of lyfe that on this day”)  

75 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”)  

Sir Philip Sidney

     Astrophil and Stella  

1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”)  

3 (“Let dainty wits cry on the sisters nine”)  

7 (“When Nature made her chief work, Stella’s eyes”)  

9 (“Queen Virtue’s court, which some call Stella’s face”)  

10 (“Reason, in faith thou art well served, that still”)  

14 (“Alas, have I not pain enough, my friend”)  

15 (“You that do search for every purling spring”)  

23 (“The curious wits, seeing dull pensiveness”)  

24 (“Rich fool there be whose base and filthy heart”)  

31 (“With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb’st the skies”)  

37 (“My mouth doth water and my breast doth swell”)  

39 (“Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace”)  

45 (“Stella oft sees the very face of woe”)  

47 (“What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?”)  

52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love”)  

60 (“When my good Angel guides me to the place”)  

63 (“O grammar-rules, O now your virtues show”)  

64 (“No more, my dear, no more these counsels try”)  

68 (“Stella, the only planet of my light”)  

71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know”)  

Second song (“Have I caught my heavenly jewel”)  

74 (“I never drank of Aganippe well”)  

Fourth song (“Only joy, now here you are”)  

86 (“Alas, whence came this change of looks? If I...”)  

Eighth song (“In a grove most rich of shade”)  

Ninth song (“Go, my flock, go get you hence”)  

89 (“Now that, of absence, the most irksome night”)  

90 (“Stella, think not that I by verse seek fame”)  

91 (“Stella, while now by honor’s cruel might”)  

97 (“Dian, that fain would cheer her friend the Night”)  

104 (“Envious wits, what hath been mine offense”)  

106 (“O absent presence, Stella is not here”)  

107 (“Stella, since thou so right a princess art”)  

108 (“When sorrow (using mine own fire’s might)”) 

Richard Barnfield

    Sonnets from Cynthia  

1 (“Sporting at fancy, setting light by love”)  

5 (“It is reported of fair Thetis’ son”)  

9 (“Diana (on a time) walking the wood”)  

11 (“Sighing, and sadly sitting by my love”)  

13 (“Speak, Echo, tell; how may I call my love?”)  

19 (“Ah no; nor I myself: though my pure love”)  

 Michael Drayton

    Sonnet 12 (“To nothing fitter can I thee compare”)  

     Sonnet 61 (“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part”)  


SIR THOMAS WYATT                                                                           

They Flee from Me  

My Lute, Awake!  

Tagus, Farewell  

Forget Not Yet  

Blame Not My Lute  

Lucks, My Fair Falcon, and Your Fellows All  

Stand Whoso List  

Mine Own John Poyns  


HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY                                                

So Cruel Prison  

London, Hast Thou Accused Me  

Wyatt Resteth Here  

My Radcliffe, When Thy Reckless Youth Offends  


SIR THOMAS MORE                                                                              



Sir Francis Bacon: from New Atlantis***  



Beware the Cat  ***


EDMUND SPENSER***                                                                         

The Faerie Queene  ***

The Sixthe Booke of the Faerie Queene  ***

The Two Cantos of Mutabilitie***


SIR PHILIP SIDNEY                                                                               

The Apology for Poetry  


ISABELLA WHITNEY                                                                            

The Admonition by the Author  

A Careful Complaint by the Unfortunate Author  

The Manner of Her Will  


MARY HERBERT, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE                                   

Psalm 71: In Te Domini Speravi (“On thee my trust is grounded”)  

Psalm 121: Levavi Oculos (“Unto the hills, I now will bend”)  

The Doleful Lay of Clorinda  



Ranulf Higden  

from Polychronicon  

John Foxe***

  from Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days***

The Geneva Bible

Thomas Hariot***

  from The True Pictures and Fashions of the People in That Part of America Now Called Virginia**

John Gerard

   from The Herball or Generall historie of plantes

Geoffrey Whitney  

The Phoenix  

Robert Fludd

   from Utriusque cosmic, maioris scilicet et minoris, metaphysica atque technica historia

Francis Bacon

   from Advancement of Learning

English Handwriting Samples**

    Frontispiece to A Certain Relation of the Hog-faced Gentlewoman


ELIZABETH I                                                                                        

Written with a Diamond on Her Window at Woodstock  

Written on a Wall at Woodstock  

The Doubt of Future Foes  

On Monsieur’s Departure  


On Marriage  

On Mary, Queen of Scots  

On Mary’s Execution  

To the English Troops at Tilbury, Facing the Spanish Armada  

The Golden Speech  


AEMILIA LANYER                                                                                

The Description of Cookham  


CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE                                                                  

Hero and Leander  

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus  


C.S. Lewis: from The Screwtape Letters  


SIR WALTER RALEIGH                                                                      

Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk  

To the Queen  

On the Life of Man  

The Author’s Epitaph, Made by Himself  

As You Came from the Holy Land  

from The 21st and Last Book of the Ocean to Cynthia  



Fynes Moryson***

from An Itenerary, Obseravations on the Ottomon Empire***

Fynes Moryson***

from An Itenerary, Obeservations of Italy and Ireland***

Edmund Spenser***

from A View of the State of Ireland***

Thomas Hariot

from A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia  

John Smith  

from General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles  


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE                                                                    


1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”)  

12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”)  

15 (“When I consider every thing that grows”)  

18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”)  

20 (“A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted”)  

29 (“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”)  

30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”)  

31 (“Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts”)  

33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”)  

35 (“No more be grieved at that which thou hast done”)  

55 (“Not marble nor the gilded monuments”)  

60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”)  

71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”)  

73 (“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”)  

80 (“O, how I faint when I of you do write”)  

86 (“Was it the proud full sail of his great verse”)  

87 (“Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing”)  

93 (“So shall I live, supposing thou art true”)  

94 (“They that have pow’r to hurt, and will do none”)  

104 (“To me, fair friend, you never can be old”)  

106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”)  

107 (“Not mine own fears nor the prophetic soul”)  

116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”)  

123 (“No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change”)  

124 (“If my dear love were but the child of state”)  

126 (“O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power”)  

128 (“How oft, when thou my music play’st”)  

129 (“The expense of spirit in a waste of shame”)  

130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)  

138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”)  

144 (“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair”)  

152 (“In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn”)  


Twelfth Night; or, What You Will  


King Lear***



Joseph Swetnam  

from The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women  

Rachel Speght  

from A Muzzle for Melastomus  

Ester Sowernam  

from Ester Hath Hanged Haman  

Hic Mulier and Haec-Vir  

from Hic Mulier; or, The Man-Woman  

from Haec-Vir; or, The Womanish-Man  


BEN JONSON                                                                                         

The Alchemist  

On Something, That Walks Somewhere  

On My First Daughter  

To John Donne  

On My First Son  

Inviting a Friend to Supper  

To Penshurst  

Song to Celia  

Queen and Huntress  

To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us  

To the Immortal Memory, and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison  

Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue  


JOHN DONNE                                                                                        

The Good Morrow  

Song (“Go, and catch a falling star”)  

The Undertaking  

The Sun Rising  

The Indifferent  

The Canonization  

Air and Angels  

Break of Day  

A Valediction: of Weeping  

Love’s Alchemy  

The Flea  

The Bait  

The Apparition  

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning  

The Ecstasy  

The Funeral  

The Relic  

Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed  

Holy Sonnets  

1 (“As due by many titles I resign”)  

2 (“Oh my black soul! Now thou art summoned”)  

3 (“This is my play’s last scene, here heavens appoint”)  

4 (“At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow”)  

5 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree”)  

6 (“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”)  

7 (“Spit in my face ye Jews, and pierce my side”)  

8 (“Why are we by all creatures waited on?”)  

9 (“What if this present were the world’s last night?”)  

10 (“Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, you”)  

11 (“Wilt thou love God, as he thee? Then digest”)  

12 (“Father, part of his double interest”)  

Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions  

[“For whom the bell tolls”]  


LADY MARY WROTH                                                                           

Pamphilia to Amphilanthus  

1 (“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”)  

5 (“Can pleasing sight misfortune ever bring?”)  

16 (“Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers”)  

17 (“Truly poor Night thou welcome art to me”)  

25 (“Like to the Indians, scorched with the sun”)  

26 (“When everyone to pleasing pastime hies”)  

28 Song (“Sweetest love, return again”)  

39 (“Take heed mine eyes, how you your looks do cast”)  

40 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill”)  

48 (“If ever Love had force in human breast?”)  

55 (“How like a fire does love increase in me”)  

68 (“My pain, still smothered in my grièved breast”)  

74 Song (“Love a child is ever crying”)  

A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love  

77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)  

82 (“He may our profit and our tutor prove”)  

83 (“How blessed be they then, who his favors prove”)  

84 (“ He that shuns love does love himself the less”)  

103 (“My muse now happy, lay thyself to rest”)  


ROBERT HERRICK                                                                                


The Argument of His Book  

To His Book  

Another (“To read my book the virgin shy”)  

Another (“Who with thy leaves shall wipe at need”)  

To the Sour Reader  

When He Would Have His Verses Read  

Delight in Disorder  

Corinna’s Going A-Maying  

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time  

The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home  

His Prayer to Ben Jonson  

Upon Julia’s Clothes  

Upon His Spaniel Tracie  

The Dream (“Me thought (last night) Love in an anger came”)  

The Dream (“By dream I saw one of the three”)  

The Vine  

The Vision  

Discontents in Devon  

To Dean-Bourn, a Rude River in Devon  

Upon Scobble: Epigram  

The Christian Militant  

To His Tomb-Maker  

Upon Himself Being Buried  

His Last Request to Julia  

The Pillar of Fame  

His Noble Numbers  

His Prayer for Absolution  

To His Sweet Saviour  

To God, on His Sickness  


GEORGE HERBERT                                                                               

The Altar  



Easter Wings  

Affliction (1)  

Prayer (1)  

Jordan (1)  

Church Monuments  

The Windows  




Jordan (2)  


The Collar  

The Pulley  

The Forerunners  

Love (3)  


RICHARD LOVELACE                                                                          

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars  

The Grasshopper  

To Althea, from Prison  

Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris  


HENRY VAUGHAN                                                                               


The Retreat  

Silence, and Stealth of Days  

The World  

They Are All Gone into the World of Light!  

The Night  


ANDREW MARVELL                                                                             

The Coronet  


The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn  

To His Coy Mistress  

The Definition of Love  

The Mower Against Gardens  

The Mower’s Song  

The Garden  

An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland  


KATHERINE PHILIPS                                                                            

Friendship in Emblem, or the Seal  

Upon the Double Murder of King Charles  

On the Third of September, 1651  

To the Truly Noble, and Obliging Mrs. Anne Owen  

To Mrs. Mary Awbrey at Parting  

To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship  

The World  



John Gauden  

from Eikon Basilike  

John Milton  

from Eikonoklastes  

Oliver Cromwell  

from Letters from Ireland  

John O’Dwyer of the Glenn  

The Story of Alexander Agnew; or, Jock of Broad    Scotland  




Il Penseroso  


How Soon Hath Time  

On the New Forcers of Conscience Under the Long Parliament  

To the Lord General Cromwell  

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont  

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent  

Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint  

from Areopagitica  

Paradise Lost  

Book 1  

Book 2  

Book 3  

Book 4  

Book 5  

Book 6  

Book 7  

Book 8  

Book 9  

Book 10  

Book 11  

Book 12  


Mary Wollstonecraft: from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman  

William Blake: A Poison Tree  



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