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For aid in making the book I have to thank several friends. My cousin, Louise Manly, began making the selections with me and did a very large amount of work. These selections were revised by me and many were rejected for lack of space, while others were replaced by selections which seemed to me, for one reason or another, better suited to the purposes of the book ; but my debt to her is very great, both because her selections were made with taste and judgment and because without her aid I should probably not yet have begun to carry out my plan. To Dr. Hardin Craig, Mr. A. E. Hill, and Miss Elizabeth Calhoun I am indebted for aid in verifying readings while the book was going through the press. To my sister, Annie Manly, I owe the greatest debt for aid in copying and for reading with me every revise of the proofs of the whole book.

J. M. M.

LAKE ZURICH, ILLINOIS

CONTENTS

THE MIDDLE ENGLISH PERIOD

THE FOLLOWERS OF CHAUCER

UNKNOWN AUTHOR (C. 1170)

THOMAS HOCCLEVE (1370 ?-1450 ?)

The Poema Morale, or Moral Ode......

De Regimine Principum (On Chaucer).. 47

ORRM (A. 1200)

To Sir John Oldcastle....

47

The Ormulum..

JOHN LYDGATE (1370 ?-1451 ?)

LAYAMON (c. 1205)

London Lyckpenny..

48

The Brut

The Story of Thebes.

49

UNKNOWN AUTHOR (before 1250)

KING JAMES I OF SCOTLAND (1394-1437)

King Horn ..

4 The Kingis Quair.

50

NICHOLAS DE GUILDFORD? (A. 1250)

ROBERT HENRYSON (1430 ?-1506?)

The Owl and the Nightingale.

7 The Mouse and the Paddock.

52

UNKNOWN AUTHOR (c. 1300)

UNKNOWN AUTHOR (C. 1500)

Cursor Mundi (The Flight into Egypt).. 9 The Nutbrowne Maide......

54

THOMAS DE HALES (before 1300)

WILLIAM DUNBAR (1460 ?-151.3 +)

A Luve Ron....

The Thrissill and the Rois....

58

A MIDDLE ENGLISH MISCELLANY

STEPHEN Hawes (d. 1523)

Alysoun (c. 1300). .

The Pastime of Pleasure

Springtime (c. 1300)...

13

The Mariage betwene Graunde

The Man in the Moon (c. 1350).. 13

Amour and Labell Pucell..

Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt? (c. 1350) 14

The Epitaph of Graunde Amour.... 59

RICHARD ROLLE DE HAMPOLE (1290 ?-1349)

The Excusation of the Aucthoure... 60

The Pricke of Conscience.

14

THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES

THE AGE OF CHAUCER

JOHN SKELTON (1460 ?-1529)

UNKNOWN AUTHOR (c. 1350)

A Dirge for Phyllip Sparowe.

61

Pearl....

15 Why Come Ye not to Court ?.

62

Syr Gawayn and the Grene Knyght.. 18

Colyn Cloute.

62

JOHN GOWER (1325?-1408)

EARLY TUDOR LYRICS (c. 1500)

Confessio Amantis (Medea and Eson).. 22 Religious Lyrics

WILLIAM LANGLAND (?) (13327-1400 ?)

Who shall have my fayr lady?...... 63

Piers the Plowman

Quho is at my windo?....

63

The Prologue, A-Text...

24

Christmas Carols

The Prologue, B-Text: The Fable

Thys ender nyght....

of Belling the Cat...

26

Quid petis, O fily?.

Passus VI, A-Text...

27

Make we mery, bothe more and lasse 64

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (1340 ?-1400)

What cher? Gud cher!.

65

Troilus and Criseyde, Bk. I..

28 Convivial Songs

Troilus and Criseyde, Bk. II

29

Pastyme with good companye. 65

Troilus and Criseyde, Bk. V

30

Fyll the cuppe, Phylyppe...

65

The Canterbury Tales, The Prologue. 32

Make rome, syrs, and let us be mery 65

The Canterbury Tales, The Squieres

Love Songs

Tale.

Lully, lulley, lulley, lulley.... 65

A Roundel (from The Parlement of

The lytyll, prety nyghtyngale.. 66

Foules)...

45

BALLADS

Balade de Bon Conseyl.

45 Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne.. 66

The Compleint of Chaucer to his Empty

The Battle of Otterburn..

69

Purse.....

46

The Hunting of the Cheviot..

72

Moral Balade of Chaucer.

46

Sir Patrick Spens.....

75

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38

JOHN LYLY (15547-1606)

Apelles' Song.

Spring's Welcome.

Hymn to Apollo.

107

Fairy Revels...

107

GEORGE PEELE (1558?-1597 ?)

Song of Paris and none...

107

Harvestmen a-Singing.

108

Farewell to Arms....

108

WILLIAM WARNER (1558?-1609)

Albion's England, Bk. IV, Chapter XX. 108

GEORGE CHAPMAN (1559?-1634)

The Sixth Book of Homer's Iliads...... III

The Twelfth Book of Homer's Odysseys 113

ROBERT GREENE (1560 ?-1592)

Sweet are the thoughts that savour of con-

tent..

115

Philomela's Ode.

115

Sephestia's Song to her Child.

116

Menaphon's Song...

116

The Shepherd's Wife's Song.

116

ROBERT SOUTHWELL (1561 ?-1595)

The Burning Babe...

117

SAMUEL DANIEL (1562-1619)

Sonnets to Delia (xix, xxxix, liv,

lv).....

117

The Complaint of Rosamond..

118

Epistle to the Countess of Cumberland. 119

Musophilus......

119

JOSHUA SYLVESTER (1563–1618)

Were I as base as is the lowly plain.... 120

The Fruits of a Clear Conscience...

MICHAEL DRAYTON (1563-1631)

Idea (To the Reader, and iv, xx, xxiv,

xxxvii, xliv, Ixi)...

Ode XI (To the Virginian Voyage).. I21

Ode XII (To the Cambro-Britans: Agin-

court). ...

England's Heroical Epistles (Surrey to

Geraldine)...

123

Nymphidia (The Court of Fairy). 124

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE (1564-1593)

Hero and Leander (The First Sestiad)... 125

ENGLAND'S HELICON (1600)

Phyllida and Corydon (N. Breton, 1545 ?-

1626?)......

127

To Colin Clout (Shepherd Tony)..

127

As it fell upon a day (Ignoto, i.e. Richard

Barnfield, 1574-1627).. 127

Happy shepherds, sit and see (W. H.,

i.e. William Hunnis, d. 1597).. 128

Phyllida's Love-Call to her Corydon (1g-

noto)...

128

The Shepherd's Commendation of his

Nymph (Earl of Oxenford,

1550-1604).

129

The Shepherd's Description of Love (Ig-

noto, i.e. Sir Walter Raleigh ?). 129

Damelus' Song to his Diaphenia (H. C.,

ie. Henry Constable, 1562–1613) 130

A Nymph's Disdain of Love (Ignoto)... 130

Rosalind's Madrigal (Thom. Lodge,

15587-1625).

130

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160

146

147

THE END OF THE RENAISSANCE
BEN JONSON (15732-1637)
Song to Celia....

149
The Triumph of Charis..

149
To the Memory of my Beloved, Master
William Shakespeare.

149
A Pindaric Ode......

150
An Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy..

152
Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H..

152
Ode to Himself upon the Censure of his
“New Inn".

152
On my First Son.....

152
Inviting a Friend to Supper.

152
JOHN DONNE (1573-1631)
Go and catch a falling star..

153
The Indifferent..

153
The Canonization..

153
The Dream...

154
Love's Deity.

154
The Funeral.

155
The Computation.

155

Forget....

155

Death.

155

A Hymn to God the Father....

155

Commendatory Verses on Mr. Thomas

Coryat's Crudities.... .... 156

200

201

ROBERT HERRICK (Continued)

RICHARD LOVELACE (Continued)

To Daffodils....

170 To Althea, from Prison..

IQT

Loss from the Least..

170 ABRAHAM COWLEY (1618-1667)

Upon Julia's Clothes.

170 The Swallow...

197

His Prayer for Absolution...

170

On the Death of Mr. William Hervey.. 197

A Thanksgiving to God for his House.. 170 The Wish....

198

To Keep a True Lent...

ANDREW MARVELL (1621-1678)

FRANCIS QUARLES (1592-1644)

The Garden...

199

Sweet Phosphor, Bring the Day....... 171 To his Coy Mistress..

199

GEORGE HERBERT (1593-1633)

HENRY VAUGHAN (1622-1095)

Virtue..

171 The Retreat..

The Collar.

172

The World..

Love....

172

Behind the Veil..

THOMAS CAREW (1598?-1639)

The Timber...

Ask me no more where Jove bestows... 172

Would you know what's soft ?... 173

THE RESTORATION

Persuasions to Joy: A Song..

173

Ingrateful Beauty Threatened..

173 JOHN DRYDEN (1631-1 700)

An Epitaph.....

173

Stanzas on Oliver Cromwell....

WILLIAM HABINGTON (1605-1654)

Astræa Redux..

Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam....

173

Annus Mirabilis..

SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT (1606-1668)

Absalom and Achitophel..

203

The lark now leaves his wat’ry nest. 174

Religio Laici..

205

Praise and Prayer..

174

The Hind and the Panther.

205

EDMUND WALLER (1606-1687)

A Song for St. Cecilia's Day.

206

The Story of Phoebus and Daphne, Ap-

Alexander's Feast; or, The Power of

plied..

174

Music..

207

To Phyllis..

174

Lines under the Portrait of Milton. 209

On a Girdle..

175

EARL OF ROSCOMMON (1633?-1685)

Go, Lovely Rose !. ,

175 An Essay on Translated Verse......

209

JOHN MILTON (1608-1674)

CHARLES SACKVILLE, EARL OF DORSET (1638–

On the Morning of Christ's Nativity.... 175

1706)

L'Allegro..

178 To all you ladies now at land......... 209

Il Penseroso.

179

SIR CHARLES SEDLEY (1639?-1701)

Lycidas.

181

To Celia...

Sonnets

Love still has something of the sea.....

To the Nightingale. .....

183

Phillis is my only joy...

At the Age of Twenty-three. .

JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER (1647–

When the Assault was intended to

1680)

the City..

183

Love and Life..

On the Detraction which followed

To his Mistress..

Certain Treatises.

183 Epitaph on Charles II..

On the Same..

183 THOMAS OTWAY (1652–1685)

To Mr. H. Lawes on his Airs. 183 The Enchantment...

To the Lord General Cromwell. ... 184 JOHN OLDHAM (1653-1683)

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont 184 A Satire Dissuading from Poetry....... 212

On his Blindness..

184

To Cyriack Skinner.

184

THE AGE OF CLASSICISM

Paradise Lost, Bk. I..

184

SIR JOHN SUCKLING (1609-1642)

SIR SAMUEL GARTH (1661-1719)

A Doubt of Martyrdom..

192

The Dispensary..

213

The Constant Lover..

192 / LADY WINCHILSEA (1661-1720)

Why so Pale and Wan?.

193

The Petition for an Absolute Retreat... 213

SAMUEL BUTLER (1612–1680)

To the Nightingale...

214

Hudibras, Part I, Canto I..

193

A Nocturnal Reverie.

215

RICHARD CRASHAW (1613?-1649)

WILLIAM WALSH (1663–1708)

In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God.. 194 Death...

215

SIR JOHN DENHAM (1615-1669)

MATTHEW PRIOR (1664-1721)

Cooper's Hill. ...

196 In vain you tell your parting lover...... 215

On Mr. Abraham Cowley's Death. 196 To a Child of Quality Five Years Old.. 216

RICHARD LOVELACE (1618-1658)

A Simile..

216

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars...

The Remedy Worse than the Disease.. 216

The Grasshopper....

197 To his Soul..

216

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