List of Authors.
1. Ballads and Newsbooks from the Civil War (1640–1649):.
The World is Turned Upside Down (1646).
The King's Last farewell to the World, or The Dead King's Living Meditations, at the approach of Death denounced against Him (1649).
The Royal Health to the Rising Sun (1649).
from A Perfect Diurnal of Some Passages in Parliament (1649):.
Number 288: 29 January–5 February 1649.
from Mercurius Pragmaticus (1649):.
Number 43: 30 January–6 February 1649.
2. Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679):.
from Leviathan (1651):.
Chapter XIII: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind, as concerning their Felicity, and Misery.
3. Robert Filmer (d. 1653):.
from Patriarcha, or the Natural Power of Kings Asserted (1680):.
IIV: Kings are either Fathers of their People, or Heirs of such Fathers, or the Usurpers of the Rights of such Fathers.
VI: Of the Escheating of Kingdoms.
VII: Of the Agreement of Paternal and Regal Power.
4. Robert Herrick (1591–1674):.
from Hesperides (1648):.
The Argument of His Book.
The Night-piece, to Julia.
The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home.
Upon Julia's Clothes.
When he would have his verses read.
Delight in Disorder.
To the Virgins, to make much of Time.
His Return to London.
The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad.
The Pillar of Fame.
5. Charles I (1600–1649) and John Gauden (1605–1662):.
from Eikon Basilike (1649):.
Upon the Calling in of the Scots, and their Coming.
6. John Milton (1608–1674):.
from The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce; Restored to the Good of Both Sexes, From the bondage of Canon Law, and other mistakes, to Christian freedom, guided by the Rule of Charity. Wherein also many places of Scripture, have recovered their long-lost meaning:.
Seasonable to be now thought on in the Reformation intended (1643).
Book I The Preface from Chapter I.
from Chapter VI.
from Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England (1644).
from Eikonoklastes (1649):.
Chapter 13 Upon the Calling in of the Scots and their Coming.
from Poems (1673):.
Sonnet 18 (1655) On the Late Massacre in Piemont.
Sonnet 19 (1652?) "When I Consider how my Light is Spent".
Sonnet 16 [To the Lord General Cromwell, 1652].
from Paradise Lost (1667):.
7. Margaret Fell Fox (1614–1702):.
from Women's Speaking Justified, Proved and Allowed by the Scriptures (1666).
8. Richard Lovelace (1618–1658):.
from Lucasta (1649):.
Song To Lucasta, Going to the Wars.
Song To Amarantha, That she would dishevel her hair.
To Althea, From Prison Song.
9. Abraham Cowley (1618–1667):.
from Poems (1656):.
Ode Of Wit.
To Mr Hobbes.
10. Lucy Apsley Hutchinson (1620–1681).
from Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson (1664).
11. Henry Vaughan (1622–1695):.
from Silex Scintillans (1655):.
"They are all gone into the world of light!".
12. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623–1673):.
from Poems and Fancies (1653):.
Poets have most Pleasure in this Life.
from The Description of a New World, called The Blazing World (1666).
13. Dorothy Osborne Temple (1627–1695):.
from Letters to William Temple:.
Letter 3: 8 January 1653.
Letter 28: 2 July 1653.
Letter 58: 11 February 1654.
14. John Bunyan (1628–1688):.
from Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666).
15. Katherine Philips (1631–1664):.
from Poems by the most deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the matchless Orinda (1667):.
Friendship's Mystery, To my dearest Lucasia.
Epitaph On her Son H. P. at St. Syth's Church where her body also lies Interred.
Upon the graving of her Name upon a Tree in Barnelmes Walks.
To the truly competent Judge of Honour, Lucasia, upon a scandalous Libel made by J. J.
To Mrs. Wogan, my Honoured Friend, on the Death of her Husband.
Orinda to Lucasia.
Parting with Lucasia, A Song.
To Antenor, on a Paper of mine which J. J. threatens to publish to prejudice him.
16. John Dryden (1631–1700):.
To My Honoured Friend, Dr Charleton, on his learned and useful Works; and more particularly this of Stone-Henge, by him Restored to the true Founders (1663).
Mac Flecknoe (1676?).
Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem (1681).
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham (1684).
To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686).
A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1687).
from Fables Ancient and Modern (1700):.
Pygmalion and the Statue.
17. John Locke (1632–1704):.
from An Essay concerning the True Original Extent and End of Civil Government (1690):.
from Chapter 1.
from Chapter 2 Of the State of Nature.
from Chapter 4 Of Slavery.
from Chapter 5 Of Property.
18. Samuel Pepys (1633–1703):.
19. Aphra Behn (1640–1689):.
from Poems upon Several Occasions (1684):.
The Golden Age; A Paraphrase on a Translation out of French.
A Farewell to Celladon, On his Going into Ireland.
On a Copy of Verses made in a Dream, and sent to me in a Morning before I was Awake.
To my Lady Morland at Tunbridge.
On a Locket of Hair Wove in a True-Love's Knot, Given Me by Sir R. O.
An Ode to Love.
A Letter to a Brother of the Pen in Tribulation.
from Lycidus: or the Lover in Fashion (1688).
To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagined More than Woman.
from Miscellany, Being a Collection of Poems by Several Hands (1685):.
Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child, the Last of Seven that Died before.
Ovid to Julia. A Letter.
Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave. A True History (1688).
20. John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647–1680):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1680?):.
The Imperfect Enjoyment.
A Satyr against Reason and Mankind.
The Disabled Debauchee.
Lampoon [On the Women about Town].
A Satyr on Charles II.
A Letter from Artemiza in the Town to Chloe in the Country.
21. Archbishop William King (1650–1729):.
from Taxation of Ireland, a.d. 1716. Some observations on the taxes paid by Ireland to support the Government.
22. Jane Barker (1652–1732):.
from Poetical Recreations: Consisting of Original Poems, Songs, Odes, &c. with Several New Translations (1688):.
To My Young Lover on His Vow.
Absence for a Time.
Parting with ---.
23. Anne Wharton (1659–1685):.
from A Collection of Poems by Several Hands (1693):.
24. Daniel Defoe (1660–1731):.
from An Essay upon Projects (1698):.
An Academy for Women.
from The True-Born Englishman: A Satire (1700):.
from Part II.
The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters: Or Proposals for the Establishment of the Church (1702).
A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal, The next Day after Her Death.
To One Mrs. Bargrave at Canterbury. The 8th of September, 1705 (1706).
from The London Gazette Monday 11 January to Thursday 14 January 1702.
25. Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661–1720):.
from Miscellany Poems (1713):.
The Petition for an Absolute Retreat.
To the Nightingale.
A Poem for the Birth-day of the Right Honourable the Lady.
The Atheist and the Acorn.
The Unequal Fetters.
The Answer (to Pope's Impromptu).
The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem (1701; revised 1713).
26. Delarivière Manley (1663–1724):.
from Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality of Both Sexes.
From the New Atalantis, an Island in the Mediterranean (1709).
27. Matthew Prior (1664–1721):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1718):.
To the Honourable Charles Montagu, Esq.
The Lady's Looking-Glass.
For my own Tomb-stone.
[Jinny the Just].
28. Mary Astell (1666–1731):.
from A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, for the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest:.
By a Lover of her Sex (1694).
29. Jonathan Swift (1667–1745):.
A Tale of a Tub Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind (1704).
A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or the Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public (1729).
A Description of the Morning (1709).
The Lady's Dressing Room (1732).
A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed. Written for the Honour of the Fair Sex (1734).
A Description of a City Shower (1710).
Stella's Birth-Day (13 March 1719).
30. Sarah Fyge Egerton (1668–1723):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1703):.
The Power of Love.
31. William Congreve (1670–1729):.
The Way of the World (1700).
32. Bernard Mandeville (1670–1733):.
from A Modest Defence of Public Stews: or, an Essay upon Whoring, as it is now practiced in these Kingdoms . . . Written by a Layman (1724).
33. Joseph Addison (1672–1719) and Richard Steele (1672–1729):.
from the Spectator:.
Number 11: Tuesday, March 13, 1711 [Inkle and Yarico].
Number 267: Saturday, January 5, 1712 [The Plot of Paradise Lost].
Number 279: Saturday, January 19, 1712 [The Sentiments and Language of Paradise Lost].
34. Isaac Watts (1674–1748):.
from Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children (1715):.
Against Quarrelling and Fighting.
35. Mary Molesworth Monck (1677?–1715):.
from Marinda, Poems and Translations upon Several Occasions (1716):.
On a Romantic Lady.
from Poems by Eminent Ladies (1755):.
Verses Written on her Death-bed at Bath to her Husband in London.
36. John Gay (1685–1732):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1720):.
from Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London.
Book III. Of Walking the Streets by Night.
The Toilette; A Town Eclogue.
from Fables (1727):.
The Turkey and the Ant.
The Man and the Flea.
37. Allan Ramsay (1686–1758):.
from The Poems of Allan Ramsay (1800).
Polwart on the Green (1721).
Give Me a Lass with a Lump of Land (1721).
38. Alexander Pope (1688–1744):.
The Rape of the Lock. An Heroi-Comical Poem (1714).
from The Dunciad Variorum (1729):.
Martinus Scriblerus, of the Poem Dunciados Periocha: or, Arguments to the Books.
The Dunciad Book the First.
Of the Characters of Women: An Epistle to a Lady (1735) from The New Dunciad: as it was Found in the Year 1741 (1742).
To the Reader.
The Argument Book the Fourth.
To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1 September 1718).
39. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762):.
from Letters Of the Right Honourable Lady M–y W–y M–u: Written, during her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, To Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in different Parts of Europe. Which Contain, Among other Curious Relations, Accounts of the Policy and Manners of the Turks; Drawn from Sources that have been inaccessible to other Travellers:.
To the Lady X---.
To the Lady---.
[To Lady Mar].
To Mr. [Alexander] Pope.
To Mr. [Alexander] P[ope].
The Lover (1721–5).
The Reasons that Induced Dr. S[wift] to Write a Poem Called the Lady's Dressing Room (1732–4).
To the Memory of Mr Congreve (1729?).
[A Summary of Lord Lyttelton's advice to a Lady] (1731–3).
40. Mary Barber (1690–1757):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1734):.
The Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev. Mr. C-.
A Letter for my Son to one of his School-fellows, Son to Henry Rose, Esq.
41. Eliza Fowler Haywood (1693–1756):.
Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze (1724).
42. Trials at the Old Bailey (1722–1727):.
from Select Trials at the Sessions House in the Old Bailey (1742):.
H--- J---, for a Rape, 1722.
Gabriel Lawrence, for Sodomy, April, 1726.
Mary Picart, alias Gandon, for Bigamy, June, 1725.
Richard Savage, James Gregory, and William Merchant, for Murder, Thursday, Dec. 7, 1727.
43. James Thomson (1700–1748):.
Winter. A Poem (1726).
44. Stephen Duck (1705–1756):.
from Poems on Several Subjects (1730):.
from The Thresher's Labour.
45. Mary Jones (d. 1778):.
from Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1750):.
Soliloquy, on an Empty Purse.
After the Small Pox.
46. Samuel Johnson (1709–1784):.
from The Life of Mr. Richard Savage, Son of the Earl of Rivers (1744).
The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749).
from The Rambler:.
Number 2: Saturday, 24 March 1750.
from the Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language (1755).
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (1759).
from the Preface to The Plays of William Shakespeare (1765).
from The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1781).
47. Mary Collier (?. 1740–1760):.
The Woman's Labour (1739) An Epistle to Mr. Stephen Duck; In Answer to his late Poem, called The Thresher's Labour . ..
48. Jane Collier (d. 1755):.
from An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting; with Proper Rules for the Exercise of that Pleasant Art (1753).
49. David Hume (1711–1776):.
from Essays Moral and Political (1742):.
Of the Liberty of the Press.
from Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects (1777):.
My Own Life.
50. Thomas Gray (1716–1771):.
Letter to Richard West (1741).
Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West] (1742).
Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat (1748).
An Elegy Wrote in a Country Church Yard (1751).
The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode (1768).
51. Horace Walpole (1717–1797):.
Letter to Richard West (1740).
Letter to Hannah More (1789).
52. Elizabeth Carter (1717–1806):.
Ode to Melancholy (1739).
To Miss Lynch (1744).
On the Indulgence of Fancy (1770).
53. William Collins (1721–1759):.
from Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegoric Subjects (1747):.
Ode to Fear.
Ode on the Poetical Character.
from A Collection of Poems by Several Hands (1748):.
Ode to Evening.
54. Mary Leapor (1722–1746):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1748):.
The Month of August.
An Epistle to a Lady.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1751):.
An Essay on Woman.
Man the Monarch.
55. Christopher Smart (1722–1771):.
from Jubilate Agno (c.1758–63).
from Fragment A (c.1758–9).
from Fragment B (1759–60).
56. Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792):.
from Discourse 14 Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, 10 December 1788.
[The Ironical Discourse] (1791).
Sir Joshua's Preface.
57. Edmund Burke (1729–1797):.
from A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757):.
Part 2, Section 1: Of the Passion caused by the Sublime.
Section 2: Terror.
Section 3: Obscurity.
Section 4: Of the difference between Clearness and Obscurity with regard to the passions.
Section : The same subject continued.
Section 13: Beautiful objects small.
Section 14: Smoothness.
Section 15: Gradual Variation.
Section 16: Delicacy.
from Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event In a Letter Intended to have been sent to a Gentleman In Paris (1790).
58. Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774):.
The Revolution in Low Life (1762).
The Deserted Village, A Poem (1770).
59. William Cowper (1731–1800):.
On a Goldfinch Starved to Death in his Cage (1782).
Epitaph on an Hare (1784).
To the Immortal Memory of the Halibut on which I Dined this Day (1784).
The Negro's Complaint (1789).
On a Spaniel Called Beau Killing a Young Bird (1793).
On The Ice Islands Seen floating in the German Ocean (1799).
The Castaway (1799).
60. James Macpherson (1736–1796):.
from Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem in Six Books, together with Several other Poems composed by Ossian, the Son of Fingal, translated from the Gaelic Language (1762).
61. Edward Gibbon (1737–1794):.
from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1781):.
from Volume II, Chapter 23.
62. Thomas Paine (1737–1809):.
from Common Sense (1776).
from The American Crisis (1777).
from The Rights of Man: being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution (1791).
63. James Boswell (1740–1795):.
from The Life of Dr Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791).
64. Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (1741–1821):.
from Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson LL.D. during the Last Twenty Years of his Life (1786).
from Correspondence with Samuel Johnson (1773–5).
65. Anna Laetitia Aiken Barbauld (1743–1825):.
from Poems (1792).
The Mouse's Petition.
Verses Written in an Alcove.
from the Monthly Magazine (1797).
66. Olaudah Equiano (1745?–1797):.
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789).
67. Hannah More (1745–1833):.
from Sensibility (1782).
from The Slave Trade (1790).
68. Charlotte Smith (1749–1806):.
from Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems (1784; revised 1800):.
Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening.
69. Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770):.
from Poems, Supposed to have been Written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley, and Others, in the Fifteenth Century (1777).
An Excelente Balade of Charitie: As wroten bie the gode Prieste Thomas Rowley, 1464.
70. Frances Burney (later d'Arblay) (1752–1840):.
from Journals and Letters:.
27–8 March 1777.
22 March 1812.
71. George Crabbe (1754–1832):.
from The Village: A Poem in Two Books (1783).
72. Ann Cromartie Yearsley (1756–1806):.
from Poems on Several Occasions (1785):.
On Mrs. Montagu.
from Poems on Various Subjects (1787):.
To those who accuse the Author of Ingratitude.
73. William Blake (1757–1827):.
from Songs of Innocence (1789):.
The Little Black Boy.
The Chimney Sweeper.
from Songs of Experience (1794):.
The Chimney Sweeper.
74. Robert Burns (1759–1796):.
from Poems, Chie?y in the Scottish Dialect (1786):.
Epistle to Davie, a Brother Poet.
To a Mouse, on Turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785.
Address to the Deil.
75. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759–1797):.
from A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
Index of Titles and First Lines.
Index to the Introductions and Footnotes.