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Elizabethan Poetry: An Anthology


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This anthology celebrates the wit and imaginative creativity of the Elizabethan poets with a generous selection of their graceful and sophisticated verse. Highlights include sonnets from Shakespeare, Sidney, and Spenser; popular poems by Donne ("Go, and catch a falling star"), Jonson ("Drink to me only with thine eyes"), Marlowe ("The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"); more.

Table of Contents

Anonymous (1595-1608)

"Now is the month of maying"

A Sonnet in the Grace of Wit, of Tongue, of Face

Love's a Bee, and Bees Have Stings


"Except I love, I cannot have delight"

"April is in my mistress' face"

"My Love in her attire doth shew her wit"

"Fie on this feigning!"

"Come, sirrah Jack, ho!"

"In love with you, I all things else do hate"

"Crabbed age and youth"

"If fathers knew but how to leave"

"O sleep, fond Fancy, sleep, my head thou tirest"

"If I could shut the gate against my thoughts"

"In midst of woods or pleasant grove"

Life and Death

Anne Askew (1521-1546)

The Ballad Which Anne Askew Made and Sang When She Was in Newgate

Francis Bacon (1521-1546)

The Life of Man

Barnabe Barnes (c. 1569-1609)

"A blast of wind, a momentary breath"

Richard Barnfield (1574-1627)

The Unknown Shepherd's Complaint

Another of the Same Shepherd's

Thomas Bastard (1566-1618)

"Methinks 'tis pretty sport to hear a child"

Nicholas Breton (c. 1545-c. 1626)

"I would thou wert not fair, or I were wise"

"Say that I should say I love ye"

An Odd Conceit

A Farewell to Love

"Tell me, tell me pretty muse"

"In the merry month of May"

A Sweet Lullaby

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

"When to her lute Corinna sings"

"My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love"

"I care not for those ladies that must be wooed and prayed"


"Thou art not fair, for all thy red and white"

Vobiscum est Iope

"So quick, so hot, so mad is thy fond suit"

"The man of life upright"

"Though you are young and I am old"

William Cecil, Lord Burleigh (1520-1598)

To Mistress Anne Cecil, upon making her a New Year's gift

George Chapman (1559-1634)

To the Reader of Homer's Iliad

Robert Chester (c. 1566-c. 1640)

The Phoenix, Her Song

Henry Constable (1562-1613)



"My lady's presence makes the roses red"

"Ready to seek out death in my disgrace"

"Ay me, poor wretch, my prayer is turned to sin"

"I do not now complain of my disgrace"

"To live in hell, and heaven to behold"

Anne Dacres, Countess of Arundel (c. 1558-1630)

"In sad and ashy weeds I sigh"

Samuel Daniel (1562-1619)

To Delia

"Unto the boundless ocean of they beauty"

"Fair is my love, and cruel as she's fair"

"If this be love, to draw a weary breath"

"Oft do I marvel, whether Delia's eyes"

"Care-charmer sleep, son of the sable night"

"Let others sing of knights and paladins"

"Unhappy pen, and ill-accepted lines"

"Now each creature joys the other"

"Love is a sickness full of woes"

To His Reader

John Davies (1569-1626)

The Author's Dedication: To Queen Elizabeth

Hymn VI: To the Nightingale

Thomas Dekker (c. 1570-1632)


O Sweet Content

"Virtue smiles: cry holiday"

Thomas Deloney (c. 1543-c. 1607)

"Farewell, false Love, the oracle of lies"

Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex (1566-1601)

"Change thy mind since she doth change"

Essex's Last Voyage to the Haven of Happiness

John Donne (1572-1631)

The Anniversary

The Apparition

The Canonization

The Good Morrow

The Relic

Song ("Go, and catch a falling star")

Song ("Sweetest love, I do not go")

The Sun Rising

A Valediction: of My Name, in the Window

To His Mistress Going to Bed

Satire I ("Away thou fondling motley humorist")

Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

Sonnets to Idea

I. ("Read here (sweet maid) the story of my woe")

VI. ("How many paltry, foolish, painted things")

XX. ("An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still")

LXI. ("Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part")

XLI. ("Dear, why should you command me to my rest")

Edward Dyer (c. 1540-1607)

"My mind to me a kingdom is"

"I joy not in no earthly bliss"

I Would and Would Not

Richard Edwards (c. 1523-1566)

Amantium Irae Amoris Redintegratio

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

Importune me no more

A Ditty

Charles Fitzgeoffrey (c. 1575-1638)

"Look how the industrious bee in fragrant May"

Giles Fitzgeoffrey (c. 1575-1638)

Licia, the Wise, Kind, Virtuous, and Fair

I. "Bright matchless star, the honor of the sky"

VI. "My love amazed did blush herself to see"

XLVII. "Like Memnon's Rock, touched with the rising sun"

John Fletcher (1579-1625)

Invocation to Sleep

George Gascoigne (c. 1525-1577)

"And if I did, what then"

The Lullaby of a Lover

The Looks of a Lover Enamoured

Dan Bartholmew, His Second Triumph

A Challenge to Beauty

Gascoigne's Arraignment at Beauty's Bar

Humfrey Gifford (date unknown)

For Soldiers

Barnabe Googe (1540-1594)

To Alexander Neville

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

A Posy

Of Money

Robert Greene (c. 1560-1592)

In Love's Dispraise

Weep Not, My Wanton

The Shepherd's Wife's Song


Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke (1544-1628)

"Farewell, sweet boy, complain not of my truth"

Cælica III ("More than most fair, full of that heavenly fire")

Cælica IV ("You little stars that live in skies")

Cælica VII ("The world, that all things contains, is ever moving")

Epitaph on Sir Philip Sidney

Bartholomew Griffin (dates unknown)

Sonnets to Fidessa

IV. "Did you sometimes three German brethren see"

XV. "Care-charmer sleep! Sweet ease in restless misery!"

XLII. "When never-speaking silence proves a wonder"

LXII. "Most true that I must fair Fidessa love"

John Harrington (1561-1612)

The Author to His Wife

The Author to His Wife, of a Woman's Eloquence

To His Wife for Striking Her Dog

Comparison of the Sonnet and the Epigram

Of the Wars in Ireland

Edward Herbert, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648)

To His Watch When He Could Not Sleep

Upon Combing Her Hair


Thomas Heywood (c. 1573-1641)

Good Morrow

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547)

Vow to Love Faithfully Howsoever He Be Rewarded

The Lover Comforteth Himself with the Worthiness of His Love

A Complaint by Night of the Lover Not Beloved

Ben Jonson (c. 1573-1637)

To My Book

To My Bookseller

On My First Daughter

On My First Son

To Fool, or Knave

To John Donne

On Play-Wright

Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.

Song: That Women Are but Men's Shadows

Song: To Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes")

A Lover's Inventory

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

Thomas Lodge (c. 1558-1625)

Rosalynde's Description

Rosalynde's Madrigal

Montanus' Sonnet

Praise of Rosalynde

The Lover's Theme

"My bonny lass! Thine eye"

"For pity, pretty eyes, surcease"

John Lyly (c. 1554-1606)

Song ("Herbs, words, and stones")

Sapho's Song

Vulcan's Song, in Making of the Arrows

Cards and Kisses

This Song of the Fisherman

Christopher Marlow (1564-1593)

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Ovid's Elegia I, Book I

Ovid's Elegia V, Book I

Ovid's Elegia IV, Book II

John Marston (c. 1575-1634)

In Lectores prorsus indignos

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627)

A Moral: Lucifer Ascending, as Prologue to His Own Play

Anthony Munday (1553-1633)

The Song Which Mistress Ursula Sung to Her Lute, to Zelauto

Thomas Nashe (1567-1601)

"Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king"

"Autumn hath all the summer's fruitful treasure"

"Adieu, farewell earth's bliss"

George Peele (1566-1596)

"What thing is love for (well I wot) love is a thing"

Song of Bethsabe Bathing

"His golden locks Time hath to silver turned"

A Farewell to the Famous and Fortunate Generals of Our English Forces, Sir John Norris and Sir Francis Drake, Knights

Walter Raleigh (c. 1552-1618)

To His Son

Farewell to the Court


Her Reply, or Answer to Marlowe

"What is our life? The play of passion"

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Song ("When icicles hang by the wall")

Song ("Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more")

Song ("When that I was and a little tiny boy")

Song ("Blow, blow, thou winter-wind")

Song ("Under the green-wood tree")

Song ("Take, O take those lips away")

Song ("Fear no more the heat o' th' sun")

Song ("Full fathom five thy father lies")

Sonnet 3: "Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest"

Sonnet 15: "When I consider every thing that grows"

Sonnet 17: "Who will believe my verse in time to come"

Sonnet 18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Sonnet 27: "Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed"

Sonnet 29: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"

Sonnet 30: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought"

Sonnet 55: "Not marble, nor the gilded monuments"

Sonnet 64: "When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd"

Sonnet 66: "Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry"

Sonnet 73: "That time of year thou may'st in me behold"

Sonnet 91: "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill"

Sonnet 116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"

Sonnet 130: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"

Sonnet 138: "When my love swears that she is made of truth"

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621)

Psalm 63, ("God, the God where all my forces lie")

Psalm 139 ("O Lord, in me there lieth nought")

"If ever hapless woman had a cause"

"Alas, with what tormenting fire"

Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

The Bargain

"In vain, mine eyes, you labor to amend"

"My mistress lours, and saith I do not love"

"Ring out your bells, let mourning shewes be spread"

Astrophel and Stella

Sonnet 1 ("Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show")

Sonnet 7 ("When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes")

Sonnet 34 ("Come, let me write, and to what end? To ease")

Sonnet 43 ("Fair eyes, sweet lips, dear heart, that foolish I")

Sonnet 49 ("I on my horse, and Love on me, doth try")

Sonnet 54 ("Because I breathe not love to ev'ry one")

Sonnet 59 ("Dear! Why make you more of a dog than me?")

Sonnet 67 ("Hope! Art thou true, or dost thou flatter me?")

Sonnet 70 ("My Muse may well grudge at my heav'nly joy")

Sonnet 80 ("Sweet swelling lip, well may'st thou swell in pride")

William Smith (dates unknown)

Sonnet to Chloris XVIII

Robert Southwell (1561-1595)

The Image of Death

Times Go By Turns

Loss in Delay

The Burning Babe

Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-1599)

Iambicum Trimetrum

"Sweet is the rose, but grows upon a brere"

"What guile is this, that those her golden tresses"

"Fresh Spring, the herald of love's mighty king"

"One day I wrote her name upon the strand"

"Lacking my love, I go from place to place"

Joshua Sylvester (1563-1618)

"Were I as base as is the lowly plain"

Chidiock Tichborne (c. 1558-1586)

"My prime of youth is but a frost of cares"

Robert Tofte (d. 1620)

Love's Labour Lost

George Turberville (1544-c. 1597)

The Lover to His Lady

The Lover Whose Mistress Feared a Mouse, Declareth That He Would Become a Cat, If He Might Have His Desire

To His Love, That Controlled His Dog for Fawning on Her

Thomas Vaux (1510-1556)

The Aged Lover Renounceth Love

No Pleasure without Some Pain

In His Extreme Sickness

Bethinking Himself of His End, Writeth Thus

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604)

"If women could be fair and never fond"

"Were I as a king I might command content"

A. W. (dates unknown)

Dispraise of Love, and Lover's Follies

Hopeless Desire Soon Withers and Dies

The Lowest Trees Have Tops

Her Outward Gesture Deceiving His Inward Hope

Thomas Watson (c. 1557-1592)

A Dialogue between a Lover, Death, and Love

Isabella Whitney (c. 1540-post-1580)

To Her Unconstant Lover

The Admonition by the Author to All Young Gentlewomen, and to All Other Maids, Being In Love

Henry Wotton (1568-1639)

Elizabeth of Bohemia

Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

The Lover Compareth His State to a Ship in Perilous Storm Tossed on the Sea

The Appeal: An earnest Suit to His Unkind Mistress, Not to Forsake Him

The Lover Showeth How He Is Forsaken of Such as He Sometime Enjoyed

The Lover Complaineth the Unkindness of His Love

How Unpossible It Is to Find Quiet in Love

He Complaineth to His Heart That, Having Once Recovered His Freedom, He Had Again Become Thrall to Love

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English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
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