Sixteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology / Edition 1

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This fully-annotated anthology of sixteenth-century English verse features generous selections from the canonical poets, alongside judicious selections from lesser-known authors.

  • Includes complete works or substantial extracts of longer poems wherever possible, including Book III of the ‘Faerie Queene’ and the whole of ‘Astrophil and Stella’.
  • Covers a range of genres, including the love lyric, mythological narrative, sacred poetry and political poetry.
  • Encourages readers to discover unusual and interesting connections and contrasts between poems and poets.
  • Detailed annotations facilitate close reading of the poems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405101158
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Blackwell Annotated Anthologies Series , #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Braden is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His previous publications include The Classics and English Renaissance Poetry (1978), Renaissance Tragedy and the Senecan Tradition (1985), The Idea of the Renaissance (1989), and Petrarchan Love and the Continental Renaissance (1999).

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Table of Contents

Western wind, when will thou blow 1
In a goodly night, as in my bed I lay 1
O lusty lily, the lantern of all gentleness 2
Your ugly token 3
With lullay, lullay, like a child 5
The ancient acquaintance, madam, between us twain 6
Philip Sparrow 7
To mistress Margaret Hussey 37
Louis, the lost lover 39
Davy, the dicer 39
Pastime with good company 40
What vaileth truth, or by it to take pain? 42
The long love that in my thought doth harbor 42
Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind 43
Each man me telleth I change most my device 43
If amorous faith, an heart unfeigned 43
Farewell, love, and all thy laws forever 44
It may be good, like it who list 44
I find no peace, and all my war is done 44
My galley, charged with forgetfulness 45
Madam, withouten man words 45
Of few words, sir, you seem to be 46
Ye old mule, that think yourself so fair 46
They flee from me that sometime did me seek 46
They flee from me that sometime did me seek, alternate version 47
There was never nothing more me pained 47
Who hath heard of such cruelty before? 48
If fancy would favor 48
Sometime I fled the fire that me brent 49
My lute, awake! Perform the last 50
To cause accord or to agree 50
Unstable dream, according to the place 51
You that in love find luck and abundance 52
If waker care, if sudden pale color 52
Tagus, farewell, that westward with thy streams 52
Mine own John Poins, since ye delight to know 53
My mother's maids, when they did sew and spin 55
Who list his wealth and ease retain 58
It was my choice, it was no chance 58
Blame not my lute, for he must sound 59
What should I say 60
Tangled I was in love's snare 61
The pillar perished is whereto I leant 62
Stand whoso list upon the slipper top 62
Lucks, my fair falcon, and your fellows all 63
Sighs are my food, drink are my tears 63
Brittle beauty that nature made so frail 64
I loathe that I did love 64
From Tuscan came my lady's worthy race 66
Love that doth reign and live within my thought 67
The soot season that bud and bloom forth brings 67
Alas, so all things now do hold their peace 67
Set me whereas the sun doth parch the green 68
In Cyprus' springs (whereas dame Venus dwelt) 68
Such wayward ways hath love that most part in discord 69
Although I had a check 70
When Windsor walls sustained my wearied arm 71
So cruel prison, how could betide, alas 71
The Assyrians' king, in peace with foul desire 72
London, hast thou accused me 73
Divers thy death do diversely bemoan 74
Wyatt resteth here, that quick could never rest 75
O happy dames that may embrace 76
My Radcliffe, when thy reckless youth offends 77
The ballad which Anne Askew made and sang when she was in Newgate 78
Psalm 130 80
Psalm 130 81
Psalm 130 81
Psalm 130 82
Psalm 130 84
Psalm 130 85
The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy 86
On monsieur's departure 87
To her unconstant lover 88
The thriftless thread which pampered beauty spins 92
Thy birth, thy beauty, nor thy brave attire 92
Gascoigne's passion 93
Gascoigne's praise of his mistress 95
Gascoigne's lullaby 96
In haste post-haste, when first my wandering mind 97
Gascoigne's good morrow 100
Gascoigne's good night 101
Gascoigne's woodmanship 102
The fruit of fetters, with the complaint of the Green Knight and his farewell to fancy 106
A mirror for magistrates : the induction 119
Oculi augent dolorem : out of sight, out of mind 133
The less I see, the more my teen 134
Of money 134
Friend googe, give me the faithful friend to trust 134
My mind to me a kingdom is 136
If women could be fair and yet not fond 138
Were I a king, I could command content 138
The third book of the faery queen : Proem 141
The third book of the faery queen : Canto I 142
The third book of the faery queen : Canto II 157
The third book of the faery queen : Canto III 168
The third book of the faery queen : Canto IV 182
The third book of the faery queen : Canto V 196
The third book of the faery queen : Canto VI 208
The third book of the faery queen : Canto VII 220
The third book of the faery queen : Canto VIII 234
The third book of the faery queen : Canto IX 246
The third book of the faery queen : Canto X 258
The third book of the faery queen : Canto XI 271
The third book of the faery queen : Canto XII 284
The third book of the faery queen : Canto XII, alternate ending 294
Two cantos of mutability : Canto VI 296
Two cantos of mutability : Canto VII 308
Two cantos of mutability : Canto VIII, unperfit 322
Be nought dismayed that her unmoved mind 322
Unrighteous lord of love, what law is this 323
My hungry eyes, through greedy covetise 323
What guile is this, that those her golden tresses 324
Leave, lady, in your glass of crystal clean 324
Fair be ye sure, but cruel and unkind 324
Coming to kiss her lips (such grace I found) 325
Like as a huntsman after weary chase 325
Most glorious lord of life, that on this day 325
One day I wrote her name upon the strand 326
A vision upon this conceit of the faery queen 328
Would I were changed into that golden shower 328
The advice 329
What is our life? The play of passion 329
The lie 329
To his love when he had obtained her 331
Our passions are most like to floods and streams 332
From The ocean's love to Cynthia 333
Nature, that washed her hands in milk 334
The passionate man's pilgrimage 335
Even such is time, which takes in trust 336
Fortune hath taken thee away, my love 337
Ah silly pug, wert thou so sore afraid? 338
Cupid, thou naughty boy, when thou wert loathed 339
Caelica, I overnight was finely used 340
The nurse-life wheat, within his green husk growing 340
Peleus, that loath was Thetis to forsake 340
Absence, the noble truce 341
All my senses, like beacon's flame 342
Farewell, sweet boy, complain not of my truth 344
In night, when colors all to black are cast 345
Sion lies waste, and thy Jerusalem 345
Astrophil and Stella 348
A new courtly sonnet of the Lady Greensleeves 401
Adonis 403
Deceiving world, that with alluring toys 405
Tichborne's lament 407
Scylla's metamorphosis 408
Ovid's banquet of sense 430
To the angel spirit of the most excellent Sir Philip Sidney 459
The burning babe 462
Delia 464
Beauty sometime, in all her glory crowned 484
See, chaste Diana, where my harmless heart 484
Sweet secrecy, what tongue can tell thy worth? 485
Into these loves who but for passion looks 485
Whilst thus my pen strives to eternize thee 486
There's nothing grieves me but that age should haste 486
Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part 486
You that take pleasure in your cruelty 487
Elegia 5 : Corinnae concubitus 488
Elegia 13 : Ad Auroram ne properet 489
Hero and Leander 490
The passionate shepherd to his love 509
The nymph's reply to the shepherd 509
Adieu, farewell, earth's bliss 511
Faith (wench), I cannot court thy sprightly eyes 513
The sacred muse that first made love divine 513
Jove for Europa's love took shape of bull 514
Away, thou fondling motley humorist! (I) 516
Kind pity chokes my spleen, brave scorn forbids (III) 518
The perfume 521
Nature's lay idiot, I taught thee to love 523
To his mistress going to bed 524
Change 525
The good morrow 526
Go and catch a falling star 527
Woman's constancy 528
The sun rising 528
The indifferent 529
The canonization 530
The triple fool 531
Air and angels 532
Break of day 533
The anniversary 533
Twickenham Garden 534
Love's growth 535
Confined love 536
The dream 536
The flea 537
A nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day, being the shortest day 538
The bait 539
The apparition 540
A valediction : forbidding mourning 541
The ecstasy 542
Love's deity 544
Love's diet 545
The funeral 546
The blossom 547
The relic 548
A lecture upon the shadow 549
Sweet coral lips where nature's treasure lies 550
Thus was my love, thus was my Ganymede 550
Sighing and sadly sitting by my love 551
Cherry-lipped Adonis in his snowy shape 551
The metamorphosis of Pygmalion's image 552
Satire VI 559
Those whose kind hearts sweet pity did attaint 562
Come away, come, sweet love 562
Absence, hear thou my protestation 562
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