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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

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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 Í OF SCOTLAND (1394-1437)

King Horn ...

The Kingis Quair....

50

NICHOLAS DE GUILDFORD? (fi. 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 ?-1513 +)

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)...

Amour and Labell Pucell....... 59

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. .

63

of Belling the Cat..

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.

ully, 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....

The Hunting of the Cheviot.

72

Moral Balade of Chaucer..

Sir Patrick Spens....

75

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JOHN LYLY (15542-1606)

Apelles' Song..

107

Spring's Welcome.

107

Hymn to Apollo.

107

Fairy Revels..

107

GEORGE PEELE (1558?-1597 ?)

Song of Paris and Enone.

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, lxi)...

I 20

Ode XI (To the Virginian Voyage)..

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, 15452-

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 (Ig-

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

leigh?). 129

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

i.e. Henry Constable, 1562–1613) 130

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

Rosalind's Madrigal (Thom. Lodge,

15587-1625)...

130

121

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158

146

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ROBERT HERRICK (Continued)

To Daffodils.....

170

Loss from the Least.

170

Upon Julia's Clothes..

170

His Prayer for Absolution.

170

A Thanksgiving to God for his House.. 170

To Keep a True Lent..

171

FRANCIS QUARLES (1592–1644)

Sweet Phosphor, Bring the Day...... 171

GEORGE HERBERT (1593-1633)

Virtue..

171

The Collar.

172

Love...

172

THOMAS CAREW (1598 ?-1639)

Ask me no more where Jove bestows... 172

Would you know what's soft ?..

173

Persuasions to Joy: A Song.;

173

Ingrateful Beauty Threatened.

173

An Epitaph..

173

WILLIAM HABINGTON (1605-1654)

Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam..

173

SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT (1606-1668)

The lark now leaves his wat'ry nest. 174

Praise and Prayer..

174

EDMUND WALLER (1606–1687)

The Story of Phæbus and Daphne, Ap-

plied...

174

To Phyllis..

174

On a Girdle.

175

Go, Lovely Rose !.

175

JOHN MILTON (1608-1674)

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

L'Allegro..

178

Il Penseroso.

179

Lycidas.

181

Sonnets

To the Nightingale.....

183

At the Age of Twenty-three. 183

When the Assault was intended to

the City..

183

On the Detraction which followed

Certain Treatises..

183

On the Same...

183

To Mr. H. Lawes on his Airs. 183

To the Lord General Cromwell. ... 184

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont 184

On his Blindness..

184

To Cyriack Skinner.

184

Paradise Lost, Bk. I....

184

SIR JOHN SUCKLING (1609-1642)

A Doubt of Martyrdom.

192

The Constant Lover.

192

Why so Pale and Wan?.

193

SAMUEL BUTLER (1612-1680)

Hudibras, Part I, Canto I...

193

RICHARD CRASHAW (1613?-1649)

In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God.. 194

SIR JOHN DENHAM (1615-1669)

Cooper's Hill...

196

On Mr. Abraham Cowley's Death..

RICHARD LOVELACE (1618-1658)

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars... 196

The Grasshopper....

197

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