The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1B: The Early Modern Period / Edition 4

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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, Perspectives sectionsthatshed 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205655328
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Series: Damrosch Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009).

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association. He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.

Clare Carroll is Director of Renaissance Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research is in Renaissance Studies, with particular interests in early modern colonialism, epic poetry, historiography, and translation. She is the author of The Orlando Furioso: A Stoic Comedy, and editor of Richard Beacon's humanist dialogue on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie. Her most recent book is Circe's Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland. She has received Fulbright Fellowships for her research and the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at The University of Sussex. He is the author of a number of books, including Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Sixteenth-Century Society Conference Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature; Literature, Travel and Colonialism in the English Renaissance, 1540-1625 (1998); and Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruyt and Salvage Soyl (1997). He has also edited a number, most recently, with Matthew Dimmock, Religions of the Book: Co-existence and Conflict, 1400-1660 (2008), and with Raymond Gillespie, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (2006). He is a regular reviewer for the TLS.

Constance Jordan is Professor Emerita of English at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models, and Shakespeare's Monarchies: Ruler and Subject in the Romances, and co-editor with Karen Cunningham of a forthcoming collection of essays on the Law in Shakespeare. She has received Fellowships from the ACLS, the NEH, and the Folger and the Huntington Libraries. Her interests include the literature of contact in the Atlantic World, 1500-1680.

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Table of Contents

*** denotes selection is new to this edition.



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”)


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


So Cruel Prison

London, Hast Thou Accused Me

Wyatt Resteth Here

My Radcliffe, When Thy Reckless Youth Offends




Sir Francis Bacon: from New Atlantis***


Beware the Cat ***


The Faerie Queene ***

The Sixthe Booke of the Faerie Queene ***

The Two Cantos of Mutabilitie***


The Apology for Poetry


The Admonition by the Author

A Careful Complaint by the Unfortunate Author

The Manner of Her Will


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


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


The Description of Cookham


Hero and Leander

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus


C.S. Lewis: from The Screwtape Letters


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



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


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


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”]


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”)



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


The Altar



Easter Wings

Affliction (1)

Prayer (1)

Jordan (1)

Church Monuments

The Windows




Jordan (2)


The Collar

The Pulley

The Forerunners

Love (3)


To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

The Grasshopper

To Althea, from Prison

Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris



The Retreat

Silence, and Stealth of Days

The World

They Are All Gone into the World of Light!

The Night


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


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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