The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1B: The Early Modern Period / Edition 3

The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1B: The Early Modern Period / Edition 3

by Constance Jordan, Clare Carroll

ISBN-10: 0321333926

ISBN-13: 9780321333926

Pub. Date: 02/10/2006

Publisher: Longman

The Longman Anthology of British Literature is the first new anthology of British literature to appear in over 25 years. A major work of scholarship, it brings together an extraordinary collection of writings spanning some 1300 years of literary history from the Middle Ages to the present. Volume One covers The Middle Ages, The Early Modern Period, and The


The Longman Anthology of British Literature is the first new anthology of British literature to appear in over 25 years. A major work of scholarship, it brings together an extraordinary collection of writings spanning some 1300 years of literary history from the Middle Ages to the present. Volume One covers The Middle Ages, The Early Modern Period, and The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. The text aims to give a less monumental, more contextualized presentation of British literature. The traditional canonical writers are fully represented, with coverage of such central figures as Spencer, Milton, and Shakespeare. But alongside these are numerous other literary voices, especially those of women. The most distinctive feature of the anthology are groupings of texts that allow contemporary social, political, and literary controversies to unfold in the voices of those who participated in them, thus enabling the great works of British literature to be taught in the context of their times.

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Table of Contents

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John Skelton.

Womanhood, Wanton.


Knolege, Aquayntance.

Manerly Margery Mylk and Ale.

Garland of Laurel.

To Maystres Jane Blennerhasset.

To Maystres Isabell Pennell.

To Maystres Margaret Hussey.

Sir Thomas Wyatt.

The Long Love, That in My Thought Doth Harbor.


Petrarch, Sonnet 140.

Whoso List to Hunt.


Petrarch, Sonnet 190.

My Galley.

They Flee from Me.

Some Time I Fled the Fire.

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.

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.


Petrarch, Sonnet 164.

So Cruel Prison.

London, Hast Thou Accused Me.

Wyatt Resteth Here.

My Radcliffe, When Thy Reckless Youth Offends.

Sir Thomas More.


* Response.

* George Orwell, From 1984.

Perspectives: Government and Self-Government.

William Tyndale. From The Obedience of a Christian Man.

Juan Luis Vives. From Instruction of a Christian Woman.

Sir Thomas Elyot. From The Book Named the Governor.

From The Defence of Good Women.

John Ponet. From A Short Treatise of Political Power.

Baldassare Castiglione. From The Book of the Courtier.

John Foxe. From The Book of Martyrs.

Roger Ascham. From The Schoolmaster.

Richard Mulcaster. From The First Part of the Elementary

* Sir Thomas Smith, From De Republica Anglorum.

Richard Hooker. From The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.

James I (James VI of Scotland). From The True Law of Free Monarchies.

* Thomas Hobbes, From Leviathan.

George Gascoigne.

Seven Sonnets to Alexander Neville.


Edmund Spenser.

The Shepheardes Calender.


The Faerie Queene.

A Letter of the Authors.

The First Booke of the Fairie Queene.


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 belssings which ye have.”)

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

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


Sir Philip Sidney.

The Apology for Poetry.

“The Apology” and Its Time: The Art of Poetry.

Stephen Gosson. From The School of Abuse.

George Puttenham. From The Art of English Poesie.

George Gascoigne.From Certain Notes of Instruction.

Samuel Daniel. From A Defense of Rhyme.

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 chiefs worke, Stellas eyes.”)

9 (“Queene Vertues couyrt, which some call Stellas face.”)

* 10 (“Reason, in faith thou art well serv’d, 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.”)

* 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 mind 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.)

Isabella Whitney.

The Admonition by the Author.

A Careful Complaint by the Unfortunate Author.

The Manner of Her Will.

Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.

Even Now That Care.

To Thee Pure Sprite.

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


Miles Coverdale: Psalm 71.

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

The Doleful Lay of Clorinda.

* Perspectives: The Rise of Print Culture.

* Ranulf Higden, From Polychronicon.

* Martin Marprelate, From Hay any Worke for Cooper.

* Thomas Nashe, From Pierce Pennilesse, his supplication to the Devile

* The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

* Michel de Montaigne, From “Of Books,” in Essays, trans. by John Florio.

• Geoffrey Whitney.
The Phoenix.

Francis Bacon. Of Truth.

Of Superstition.

Of Studies (version of 1597).

Of Studies (version of 1625).

* From The Advancement of Learning, The Second Book.

• The King James Bible,
Genesis 3.

• Robert Burton.
The Anatomy of Melancholy.

John Bunyan. From The Pilgrim's Progress.

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.

The Metres of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy.

Book 1, No. 2 (“O in how headlong depth the drowned mind is dim.”)

Book 1, No. 7, (“Dim clouds.”)

Book 2, No. 3 (“In pool when Phoebus with reddy wain.”)


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.

Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.

To the Doubtful Reader.

To the Virtuous Reader.


(Against Beauty Without Virtue.)

(Pilate's Wife Apologizes for Eve.)

Richard Barnfield.

The Affectionate Shepherd.

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.”)

Christopher Marlowe.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.


Sir Walter Raleigh. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd.

* C.S. Lewis,From The Screwtape Letters.

Hero and Leander.

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.

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.

The Discovery of the Large, Rich and Beautiful Empire of Guiana.

From Epistle Dedicatory.

To the Reader.

(The Amazons.)

(The Orinoco.)

(The King of Aromaia.)

(The New World of Guiana.)

Perspectives: England in the New World.

Arthur Barlow. From The First Voyage Made to the Coasts of America.

Thomas Hariot. From A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia.

Michael Drayton. To the Virginian Voyage.

John Smith. From General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles.

John Donne. From A Sermon Preached to the Honorable Company of the Virginia Plantation.

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 (“That they 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 is 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.

The Tempest.


William Strachey: From A True Reportory of the Wrack and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, Knight, upon and from the Islands of the Bermudas.

Michel de Montaigne, From Of Cannibals.

• Aimé Cesaire,
From A Tempest.

Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.

The Roaring Girl; or, Moll Cut-Purse.

“The Roaring Girl” and Its Time: City Life.

Barnabe Riche. From My Lady's Looking Glass.

Robert Greene. From A Notable Discovery of Cosenage.

Thomas Dekker. From Lantern and Candlelight.

Thomas Deloney. From Thomas of Reading.

Thomas Nashe. From Pierce Penniless.

King James I. From A Counterblast to Tobacco.

Perspectives: Tracts on Women and Gender.

Desiderius Erasmus. From In Laude and Praise of Matrimony.

Barnabe Riche. From My Lady's Looking Glass.

Margaret Tyler. From Preface to The First Part of the Mirror of Princely Deeds.

Joseph Swetnam. From The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women.

Rachel Speght. From A Muzzle for Melastomus.

Esther 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.

Thomas Campion.

My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love.

There is a garden in her face.

Rose-cheeked Laura come.

When thou must home to shades of underground.

Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.

Michael Drayton.

To the Reader.

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

Sonnet 16. (“Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part.”)

To His Coy Love, A Canzonet.

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.

• Response.

• Thom Gunn,
“Ben Johnson,” from The Occasions of Poetry.

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.


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 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 doth love increase in me.”)

68 (“My pain, still smothered in my grieved 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 doth love himself the less.”)

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

From The Countess of Mountgomery's Urania.

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-Bourne, 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. Awbrey at Parting.

To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship.

The World.

Perspectives: The Civil War, or the Wars of Three Kingdoms.

John Gauden. From Eikon Basilike.

John Milton. From Eikonoklastes.

The Petition of Gentlewomen and Tradesmen's Wives.

Oliver Cromwell. From Letters from Ireland.

John O'Dwyer of the Glenn.

The Story Of Alexander Agnew; Or, Jock Of Broad Scotland.

Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. From True Historical Narrative of the Rebellion.

John Milton.


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.


Book 1.

Book 2.

* Book 3.

* Book 4.

* Book 5.

* Book 6.

* Book 7.

* Book 8.

Book 9.

* Book 10.

* Book 11.

* Book 12.

* Responses.

* Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

* William Blake, A Poison Tree.

Samson Agonistes.

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