The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A – Second Edition
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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Volume A – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: September 8, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781554810482 / 1554810485
  • 1700 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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Preface

Acknowledgments

THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD

  • THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD
    • History, Narrative, Culture
      England before the Norman Conquest

      • Roman and Celtic Britain
        Migration and Conversion
        Invasion and Unification
    • England after the Norman Conquest
      • The Normans and Feudalism
        Henry II and an International Culture
        The Thirteenth Century
        The English Monarchy
        Cultural Expression in the Fourteenth Century
        Fifteenth-Century Transitions
        Language and Prosody
  • HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND OF PRINT AND MANUSCRIPT CULTURE
  • BEDE
    • from Ecclesiastical History of the English People
      • A Description of the Island of Britain and Its Inhabitants
        The Coming of the English to Britain
        The Life and Conversion of Edwin, King of Northumbria; the Faith of
        the East Angles
        Abbess Hild of Whitby; the Miraculous Poet Cædmon
        Cædmon’s Hymn in Old and Modern English
  • EXETER BOOK ELEGIES
    • The Wanderer
      The Seafarer
      The Wife’s Lament
      The Ruin
  • THE DREAM OF THE ROOD
  • BEOWULF
    • IN CONTEXT: Background Material
      • Glossary of Proper Names
        Genealogies
        The Geatish-Swedish Wars
  • MARIE DE FRANCE
    • Lanval
  • MIDDLE ENGLISH LYRICS
    • Sumer is icumen in
      Foweles in the frith
      Betwene Mersh and Averil
      Stond well, moder, under Rode
      I lovede a child of this cuntree
      I have a gentil cock
      I sing of a maiden
      Adam lay ibounden
      Farewell this world, I take my leve forever
      Bring us in good ale
      Of all creatures women be best
      My lefe is faren in a lond
  • CONTEXTS: THE CRISES OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
    • The Great Famine
      • from Anonymous (the “Monk of Malmesbury”), Life of Edward the Second
    • The Hundred Years’ War
      • from Jean Froissart, Chronicle
        from Prince Edward, Letter to the People of London
    • The Black Death
    • The Uprising of 1381
      • from Regulations, London (1350)
        from Statute of Laborers (1351)
        from Statute (1363)
        from Jean Froissart, Chronicle, Account of a Sermon by John Ball
        John Ball, Letter to the Common People of Essex, 1381
        from Henry Knighton, Chronicle (additional selections on sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)
  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    • IN CONTEXT: Fled Bricrend
      • from Fled Bricrend/Bricriu’s Feast
        Illustrations from the Original Manuscript
  • JULIAN OF NORWICH
    • from A Revelation of Love
      • Chapter 1
        Chapter 2
        Chapter 3
        Chapter 5
        Chapter 7
        Chapter 11
        Chapter 27
        Chapter 28
        Chapter 50
        Chapter 51
        Chapter 58
        Chapter 60
        Chapter 86
  • MARGERY KEMPE
    • from The Book of Margery Kempe
      • The Proem
        The Preface
        from Book 1

        • Chapter 1
          Chapter 2
          Chapter 3
          Chapter 4
          Chapter 11
          Chapter 50
          Chapter 52
          Chapter 53
          Chapter 54
          Chapter 55
  • CONTEXTS: RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
    • Celtic Christianity
      Church and Cathedral
      Religion for All: The Apostle’s Creed, the Pater Noster, and the Hail Mary
      from Robert Manning of Brunne, Handlyng Synne
      from William of Pagula, Priest’s Eye
      from The Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council
      Sin, Corruption, and Indulgence

      • from William Langland, The Vision of Piers the Plowman (B-text)
        • from Passus 1
          Passus 5
          from Passus 7
      • from Thomas Wimbleton, Sermon
    • Lollardy
      • from Account of the Heresy Trial of Margery Baxter
    • The Persecution of the Jews
      • from Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich
        from Roger Howden, Chronicle
        from Ordinances of the Jews
        from Charter of King John to the Jews
        from Ordinances of Henry III
        Edward I’s Order
  • MEDIEVAL DRAMA
  • THE WAKEFIELD MASTER
    • The Second Shepherds’ Play
      IN CONTEXT: Biblical Source Material

      • from Douay-Rheims Bible, Luke 2.8–21
  • SIR THOMAS MALORY
    • from Morte Darthur
      • from Book I, Chapter 5
        The Tale of Sir Gareth (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)
        The Death of King Arthur or The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte Arthur Saunz Guerdon

        • Chapter 1: Slander and Strife
          Chapter 2: The Vengeance of Sir Gawain
          Chapter 3: The Siege of Benwick
          Chapter 4: The Day of Destiny
          Chapter 5: The Dolorous Death and Departing out of this World of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere
    • IN CONTEXT: Early Editions of Morte Darthur
      • Caxton’s Preface
        Illustrating Morte Darthur

THE RENAISSANCE AND THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

  • THE RENAISSANCE AND THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
    • Humanism
      Scientific Inquiry
      The Reformation in England
      Wales, Scotland, Ireland
      Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I
      Elizabeth I and Gender
      Homoeroticism and Transgendering
      Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
      “The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”
      The Stuarts and the Civil Wars
      Literary Genres
      Literature in Prose and the Development of Print Culture
      Poetry
      The Drama
      The English Language in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
  • HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND OF PRINT CULTURE
  • SIR THOMAS MORE (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)
      (Also available as a stand-alone volume)

    • from Utopia: The Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia
      • from Book 1
        from Book 2

        • Chapter 1
          from Chapter 2: The Cities, and Especially Amaurote
          from Chapter 4: Crafts and Occupations
          from Chapter 5: Their Dealings With One Another
          from Chapter 6: Traveling
          from Chapter 7: Slavery
          from Chapter 8: Warfare
          from Chapter 9: The Religions in Utopia
  • WILLIAM TYNDALE
    • Tyndale’s English Bible, King James Bible, Geneva Bible, Douay-Rheims Bible
      • Genesis: Chapter 1
        Matthew: Chapter 5
  • SIR THOMAS WYATT
    • Sonnets
      • 10 (“The long love that in my thought doth harbour”)
        29 (“The pillar perished is whereto I leant”)
        31 (“Farewell, Love, and all thy laws forever”)
    • Epigrams
      • 38 (“Alas, madam, for stealing of a kiss”)
        48 (“Vulcan begat me; Minerva me taught”)
        60 (“Tagus, farewell, that westward with thy streams”)
    • Ballads
      • 80 (“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”)
        94 (“Blame not my lute, for he must sound”)
    • Songs
      • 109 (“My lute, awake! Perform the last”)
        123 (“Who list his wealth and ease retain”)
    • Epistolary Satires
      • 149 (“Mine own John Poyns, since ye delight to know”)
    • IN CONTEXT: Epistolary Advice
  • HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY
    • Love, that Doth Reign and Live within My Thought
      Set Me Whereas the Sun Doth Parch the Green
      Alas! So All Things Now Do Hold Their Peace
      So Cruel Prison How Could Betide
      Wyatt Resteth Here
      from Certain Books of Virgil’s Aeneis: Book 2
  • THE ELIZABETHAN SONNET AND LYRIC
    • The Continental Background
      • Francesco Petrarch
        • from Rime Sparse
          • 134 (“Pace non trovo et non ò da far guerra”)
            134 (“I find no peace and all my war is done”)
            140 (“Amor, che nel penser mio vive et regna”)
            140 (“Love, that doth reign and live within my thought”)
            189 (“Passa la nave mia colma d’oblio”)
            189 (“My galley chargèd with forgetfulness”)
            190 (“Una candida cerva sopra l’erba”)
            190 (“Whoso list to hunt, I know where is a hind”)
      • Gaspara Stampa
        • 132 (“Quando io dimando nel mio pianto Amore”)
          132 (“When in my weeping I inquire of Love”)
      • Joachim Du Bellay
        • 113 (“Si nostre vie est moins qu’une journée”)
          113 (“If this, our life, be less than but a day”)
      • Pierre de Ronsard
        • (“Je vouldroy bien richement jaunissant”)
          (“I would in rich and golden coloured rain”)
          (“Quand vous serez bien vielle, au soir à la chandelle”)
          (“When you are very old, by candle’s flame”)
      • Samuel Daniel
        • from Delia
          • 6 (“Fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair”)
            28 (“Raising my hopes on hills of high desire”)
            33 (“When men shall find thy flower, thy glory pass”)
      • Michael Drayton
        • from Idea
          • 6 (“How many paltry, foolish, painted things”)
            61 (“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part”)
            63 (“Truce, gentle Love, a parley now I crave”)
      • William Shakespeare
        • from Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scene 5)
      • Sir John Davies
        • from Gulling Sonnets
          • 3 (“What eagle can behold her sun-bright eye”)
      • John Davies of Hereford
        • from The Scourge of Villany
          • (“If there were, oh! an Hellespont of cream”)
      • Richard Barnfield
        • from Cynthia
          • 14 (“Here, hold this glove (this milk-white cheverel glove)”)
            17 (“Cherry-lipped Adonis in his snowy shape”)
      • George Gascoigne
        • Gascoigne’s Lullaby
      • Anonymous
        • Ode (“Absence, hear thou my protestation”)
  • EDMUND SPENSER
    • from The Faerie Queene
      • from Book 1
        • Canto 1
          Canto 2
          Canto 3
          Canto 4
          Canto 5: Summary
          Canto 6: Summary
          Canto 7
          Canto 8
          Canto 9
          Canto 10
          Canto 11
          Canto 12
      • from Book 3
        • Canto 6
    • Letter to Sir Walter Ralegh on The Faerie Queene
      IN CONTEXT: The Redcrosse Knight (Illustration)
      IN CONTEXT: Christian Armor

      • from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, 6.11–17 (Geneva Bible)
        from Desiderius Erasmus, Enchiridion militis Christiani [Handbook of the Christian Soldier]
    • IN CONTEXT: Spirituality and The Faerie Queene
      • Heading to the Song of Solomon (Geneva Bible)
    • from Amoretti
      • 1 (“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands”)
        3 (“The soverayne beauty which I doo admyre”)
        6 (“Be nought dismayd that her unmovèd mind”)
        15 (“Ye tradefull Merchants, that with weary toyle”)
        22 (“This holy season fit to fast and pray”)
        26 (“Sweet is the Rose, but growes upon a brere”)
        34 (“Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde”)
        37 (“What guyle is this, that those her golden tresses”)
        54 (“Of this worlds Theatre in which we stay”)
        64 (“Comming to kisse her lyps, (such grace I found)”)
        67 (“Lyke as a hunstman after weary chace”)
        68 (“Most glorious Lord of lyfe that on this day”)
        69 (“The famous warriors of the anticke world”)
        70 (“Fresh spring the herald of loves mighty king”)
        74 (“Most happy letters fram’d by skilfull trade”)
        75 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”)
        80 (“After so long a race as I have run”)
        82 (“Joy of my life, full oft for loving you”)
        89 (“Lyke as the Culver on the barèd bough”)
    • Epithalamion
  • SIR PHILIP SIDNEY
    • from Astrophil and Stella
      • 1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”)
        2 (“Not at first sight, nor with a dribbèd shot”)
        7 (“When Nature made her chief work, Stella’s eyes”)
        18 (“With what sharp checks I in myself am shent”)
        20 (“Fly, fly, my friends, I have my death wound; fly!”)
        21 (“Your words, my friend, (right healthful caustics) blame”)
        22 (“In highest way of heav’n the Sun did ride”)
        23 (“The curious wits seeing dull pensiveness”)
        24 (“Rich fools there be, whose base and filthy heart”)
        25 (“The wisest scholar of the wight most wise”)
        26 (“Though dusty wits dare scorn astrology”)
        27 (“Because I oft in dark abstracted guise”)
        31 (“With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb’st the skies”)
        34 (“Come, let me write. ‘And to what end?’ To ease”)
        39 (“Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace”)
        41 (“Having this day my horse, my hand, my lance”)
        45 (“Stella oft sees the very face of woe”)
        47 (“What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?”)
        48 (“Soul’s joy, bend not those morning stars from me”)
        49 (“I on my horse, and Love on me doth try”)
        50 (“Stella, the fullness of my thoughts of thee”)
        51 (“Pardon mine ears, both I and they do pray”)
        52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love”)
        53 (“In marital sports I have my cunning tried”)
        54 (“Because I breathe not love to every one”)
        55 (“Muses, I oft invoked your holy aid”)
        61 (“Oft with true sighs, oft with uncallèd tears”)
        69 (“O joy too high for my low style to show!”)
        71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know”)
        94 (“Grief find the words, for thou hast made my brain”)
        95 (“Yet Sighs, dear Sighs, indeed true friends you are”)
        96 (“Thought, with good cause thou lik’st so well the Night”)
        97 (“Dian, that fain would cheer her friend the Night”)
        98 (“Ah bed, the field where joy’s peace some do see”)
        99 (“When far-spent night persuades each mortal eye”)
        100 (“Oh tears, no tears, but rain from Beauty’s skies”)
        101 (“Stella is sick, and in that sickbed lies”)
        102 (“Where be those roses gone, which sweetened so our eyes?”)
        103 (“Oh happy Thames, that didst my Stella bear”)
        104 (“Envious wits, what hath been mine offence”)
        105 (“Unhappy sight, and hath she vanished by”)
        106 (“Oh absent presence, Stella is not here”)
        107 (“Stella, since thou so right a princess art”)
        108 (“When Sorrow (using mine own fire’s might)”)
    • from The Defence of Poesy
      IN CONTEXT: The Abuse of Poesy

      • from Plato, The Republic, from Book 2
        from Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse
  • ELIZABETH I, QUEEN OF ENGLAND
    • Written on a Wall at Woodstock
      Written in Her French Psalter
      The Doubt of Future Foes
      On Monsieur’s Departure
      When I Was Fair and Young
      To Our Most Noble and Virtuous Queen Katherine
      To the Troops at Tilbury
      Two Letters from Elizabeth to Catherine de Bourbon
      On Marriage
      On Mary, Queen of Scots
      On Mary’s Execution
      The Golden Speech
      IN CONTEXT: The Defeat of the Spanish Armada
  • CONTEXTS: CULTURE: A PORTFOLIO
    • Music
      • from Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
    • Painting
      • from Nicholas Hilliard, A Treatise Concerning the Art of Limning
        from A Letter to F.P. Verney from the Countess of Sussex
        Oliver Cromwell, Instructions to His Painter, as Reported by George Vertue, Notebooks
    • Games and Pastimes
      • Selected Illustrations
    • Food and Drink
      • from An Anonymous Venetian Official Traveling in England, A Relation, or Rather a True Account, of the Island of England
        from Fynes Moryson, Itinerary
        Selected Illustrations
        from Sarah Longe, Mrs. Sarah Longe Her Receipt Book
        from William Harrison, Chronologie
    • Children and Education
      • Selected Illustrations
    • The Supernatural and the Miraculous
      • from Reginald Scot, The Discovery of Witchcraft
        from George Gifford, A Discourse of the Subtle Practices of Devils by Witches and Sorcerers
        from Joseph Hall, Characters of Virtues and Vices
        from Sir John Harington, “Account of an Audience with King James I,” as recorded in Nugae Antiquae
        Anonymous Broadsheet, “The Form and Shape of a Monstrous Child”
    • Crime
      • from “A True Report of the late Horrible Murder Committed by William Sherwood”
    • Print Culture
      • Selected Illustrations
  • AEMILIA LANYER
    • To the Virtuous Reader
      from Salve Deus Rex Judæorum

      • “Invocation”
        “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women”
    • The Description of Cooke-ham
      To the Doubtful Reader
  • SIR WALTER RALEIGH
    • A Vision Upon This Conceit of the Fairy Queen
      Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son
      The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
      The Lie
      Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk
      from The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana…

      • Part 1, Preface
        from Part 5 729
    • Letter to His Wife
  • FRANCIS BACON
    • from Essays
      • Of Truth
        Of Marriage and Single Life
        Of Studies (1597)
        Of Studies (1625)
        Of Love
  • CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    • Sonnets
      • 1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”)
        2 (“When forty winters shall besiege thy brow”)
        12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”)
        15 (“When I consider everything that grows”)
        16 (“But wherefore do not you a mightier way”)
        18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”)
        19 (“Devouring time, blunt thou the lion’s paws”)
        20 (“A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted”)
        23 (“As an unperfect actor on the stage”)
        29 (“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”)
        30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”)
        33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”)
        35 (“No more be grieved at that which thou hast done”)
        36 (“Let me confess that we two must be twain”)
        55 (“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments”)
        60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”)
        64 (“When I have seen by time’s fell hand defaced”)
        65 (“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”)
        71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”)
        73 (“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”)
        74 (“But be contented when that fell arrest”)
        80 (“O how I faint when I of you do write”)
        87 (“Farewell—thou art too dear for my possessing”)
        93 (“So shall I live supposing thou art true”)
        94 (“They that have power to hurt and will do none”)
        97 (“How like a winter hath my absence been”)
        98 (“From you have I been absent in the spring”)
        105 (“Let not my love be called idolatry”)
        106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”)
        109 (“O never say that I was false of heart”)
        110 (“Alas, ’tis true, I have gone here and there”)
        116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”)
        117 (“Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all”)
        127 (“In the old age black was not counted fair”)
        128 (“How oft when thou, my music, music play’st”)
        129 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame”)
        130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)
        135 (“Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will”)
        136 (“If thy soul check thee that I come so near”)
        138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”)
        143 (“Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch”)
        144 (“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair”)
        146 (“Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth”)
        147 (“My love is as a fever, longing still”)
        153 (“Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep”)
        154 (“The little love-god lying once asleep”)
    • Twelfth Night (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline) (Also available as a stand-alone volume)
      King Lear (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline) (Also available as a stand-alone volume)
      IN CONTEXT: The Shakespearean Theater (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

        • The Swan Theatre
          Titus Andronicus in Performance
          The Plot of an Elizabethan Play
          Early Editions of Shakespeare’s
  • BEN JONSON
    • To the Reader
      To My Book
      On Something that Walks Somewhere
      To William Camden
      On My First Daughter
      To John Donne
      On My First Son
      On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
      Inviting a Friend to Supper
      To Penshurst
      Song: To Celia
      To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, And What He Hath Left Us
      Ode to Himself
      My Picture Left in Scotland
      To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison
      Karolin’s Song
      Hymn to Cynthia
      Clerimont’s Song
  • JOHN DONNE
    • Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
      from Songs and Sonnets

      • The Good-Morrow
        Song (“Go, and catch a falling star”)
        Woman’s Constancy
        The Sun Rising
        The Canonization
        Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”)
        Air and Angels
        Break of Day
        The Anniversary
        Twicknam Garden
        A Valediction: of Weeping
        The Flea
        A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day
        The Bait
        The Apparition
        A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
        The Ecstasy
        The Relic
    • from Elegies
      • 1. Jealousy
        8. The Comparison
        19. To His Mistress Going to Bed
    • from Satires
      • 3 (“Kind pity chokes my spleen; brave scorn forbids”)
    • from Verse Letters
      • To Sir Henry Wotton
        An Anatomy of the World

        • The First Anniversary
    • from Holy Sonnets
      • 2 (“As due by many titles I resign”)
        5 (“I am a little world made cunningly”)
        6 (“This is my play’s last scene, here heavens appoint”)
        7 (“At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow”)
        9 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree”)
        10 (“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”)
        13 (“What if this present were the world’s last night?”)
        14 (“Batter my heart, three personed God; for you”)
        18 (“Show me, dear Christ, Thy spouse, so bright and clear”)
        19 (“Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one”)
    • Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
      A Hymn to God the Father
      from Devotions

      • Meditation 17
  • LADY MARY WROTH
    • from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
      • 1 (“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”)
        6 (“My pain, still smothered in my grieved breast”)
        7 (“Love leave to urge, thou know’st thou hast the hand”)
        13 (“Dear, famish not what you your self gave food”)
        14 (“Am I thus conquered? have I lost the powers”)
        15 (“Truly poor Night thou welcome art to me”)
        22 (“Like to the Indians, scorched with the sun”)
        23 (“When every one to pleasing pastime hies”)
        35 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill”)
    • from A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love
      • 77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)
    • Railing Rhymes Returned upon the Author by Mistress Mary Wroth
      IN CONTEXT: The Occasion of “Railing Rhymes”

      • Edward Denny, Baron of Waltham, To Pamphilia from the father-in-law of Seralius
  • THOMAS HOBBES
    • from Leviathan; Or the Matter, Form, & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
      • The Introduction
        Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning their Felicity and Misery
  • ROBERT HERRICK
    • The Argument of His Book
      Delight in Disorder
      His Farewell to Sack
      Corinna’s Going A-Maying
      To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
      The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home
      Upon Julia’s Clothes
  • GEORGE HERBERT
    • The Altar
      Redemption
      Easter Wings
      Affliction (1)
      Prayer (1)
      Jordan (1)
      Church-Monuments
      The Windows
      Denial
      Virtue
      Man
      Jordan (2)
      Time
      The Bunch of Grapes
      The Collar
      The Pulley
      The Flower
      Discipline
      Death
      Love (3)
  • ANDREW MARVELL
    • The Coronet
      Bermudas
      A Dialogue between the Soul and Body
      The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn
      To His Coy Mistress
      The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers
      The Mower against Gardens
      Damon the Mower
      The Garden
      An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland
  • KATHERINE PHILIPS
    • A Married State
      Upon the Double Murder of King Charles
      On the Third of September, 1651
      To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship
      Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia
      On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips
      Friendship in Emblem, or the Seal, To My Dearest Lucasia
  • JOHN MILTON
    • L’Allegro
      Il Penseroso
      Lycidas
      Sonnets

      • 7 (“How soon hath Time the subtle thief of youth”)
        16: To the Lord General Cromwell
        18: On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
        19 (“When I consider how my light is spent”)
        23 (“Methought I saw my late espoused saint”)
    • from Areopagitica: A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England
    • from Paradise Lost
      • The Verse
        Argument to Book 1
        Book 1
        Argument to Book 2
        Book 2
        Argument to Book 3
        from Book 3
        Argument to Book 4
        Book 4
        Argument to Book 5
        Argument to Book 6
        Argument to Book 7
        from Book 7
        Argument to Book 8
        Argument to Book 9
        Book 9
        Argument to Book 10
        Book 10
        Argument to Book 11
        Argument to Book 12
        from Book 12
    • IN CONTEXT: Illustrating Paradise Lost
      Samson Agonistes (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline) (Also available as a stand-alone volume)
      IN CONTEXT: The Biblical Versions of the Samson Story (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

  • THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
    • Religion, Government, and Party Politics
      Empiricism, Skepticism, and Religious Dissent
      Industry, Commerce, and the Middle Class
      Ethical Dilemmas in a Changing Nation
      Print Culture
      Poetry
      Theater
      The Novel
      The Development of the English Language
  • HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND OF PRINT CULTURE
  • JOHN DRYDEN
    • Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem
      Mac Flecknoe
      To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
      A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day
      from An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
  • SAMUEL PEPYS
    • from The Diary
      IN CONTEXT: Other Accounts of the Great Fire

      • from The London Gazette
  • APHRA BEHN
    • The Disappointment
      Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave. A True History
  • WILLIAM WYCHERLEY
    • The Country Wife
  • JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER
    • A Satire on Charles II
      A Satire against Reason and Mankind
      Love and Life: A Song
      The Disabled Debauchee
      A Letter from Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country
      The Imperfect Enjoyment
      Impromptu on Charles II
      IN CONTEXT: The Lessons of Rochester’s Life
  • DANIEL DEFOE
    • A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal
      from Robinson Crusoe

      • from Chapter 3
        Chapter 4
        Chapter 5
    • IN CONTEXT: Illustrating Robinson Crusoe
      from A Journal of the Plague Year
  • ANNE FINCH: COUNTESS OF WINCHILSEA
    • from The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem
      The Introduction
      A Letter to Daphnis
      To Mr. F., Now Earl of W.
      The Unequal Fetters
      By neer resemblance that Bird betray’d
      A Nocturnal Reverie
  • JONATHAN SWIFT
    • The Progress of Beauty
      A Description of a City Shower
      Stella’s Birthday, written in the year 1718
      Stella’s Birthday (1727)
      The Lady’s Dressing Room
      Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift
      from Gulliver’s Travels

    • A Modest Proposal
      IN CONTEXT: Sermons and Tracts: Backgrounds to A Modest Proposal

      • from Jonathan Swift, “Causes of the Wretched Condition of Ireland”
        from Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland
  • ALEXANDER POPE
    • from An Essay on Criticism (complete text on sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)
      The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos
      Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
      Eloisa To Abelard
      from An Essay on Man

      • The Design
        Epistle 1
        Epistle 2
    • An Epistle from Mr. Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot
  • LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU
    • Saturday; The Small Pox
      The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem called The Lady’s Dressing Room
      The Lover: A Ballad
      Epistle from Mrs. Y[onge] to Her Husband
      Selected Letters (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

      • To Wortley (28 March 1710)
        To Philippa Mundy (25 September 1711)
        To Philippa Mundy (c. 2 November 1711)
        To Wortley (c. 26 July 1712)
        From Wortley (13 August 1712)
        To Wortley (15 August 1712)
        To Wortley (15 August 1712)
        To Lady Mar (17 November 1716)
        To Lady—— (1 April 1717)
        To Lady Mar (1 April 1717)
        To [Sarah Chiswell] (1 April 1717)
        To Alexander Pope (September 1718)
        To Sir James Steuart (14 November 1758)
  • ELIZA HAYWOOD
    • Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze
      IN CONTEXT: The Eighteenth-Century Sexual Imagination

      • from A Present for a Servant-Maid
        from Venus in the Cloister; or, The Nun in Her Smock
  • CONTEXTS: PRINT CULTURE, STAGE CULTURE
    • from Nahum Tate, The History of King Lear
      from Colley Cibber, An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber
      from Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage

      • Introduction
        from Chapter 1: The Immodesty of the Stage
        from Chapter 4: The Stage-Poets Make Their Principal Persons Vicious and Reward Them at the End of the Play
    • from Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 18
      from The Licensing Act of 1737
      from The Statute of Anne
      from James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
      Joseph Addison, The Tatler No. 224
      from Samuel Johnson, The Idler No. 30
      from Clara Reeve, The Progress of Romance
      from James Lackington, Memoirs of the Forty-Five First Years of the Life of James Lackington, Bookseller
      from Thomas Erskine, Speech as Prosecution in the Seditious-Libel Trial of Thomas Williams for Publishing Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine
  • JAMES THOMSON
    • Winter
      Rule, Britannia
    • SAMUEL JOHNSON
      • The Vanity of Human Wishes
        On the Death of Dr. Robert Levett
        from The Rambler

        • No. 4 [On Fiction]
          No. 60 [On Biography]
          No. 155 [On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters]
      • from The Idler
        • No. 31 [On Idleness]
          No. 49 [Will Marvel]
          No. 81 [On Native Americans]
      • from A Dictionary of the English Language
        • from The Preface
          Selected Entries
      • from The Preface to The Works of William Shakespeare
        from Lives of the English Poets

        • from John Milton
          from Alexander Pope

Letters

      • To Mrs. Thrale (10 July 1780)
        To Mrs. Thrale (19 June 1783)
        To Mrs. Thrale (2 July 1784)
        To Mrs. Thrale (8 July 1784)
  • THOMAS GRAY
    • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • CHRISTOPHER SMART
    • from Jubilate Agno
      • [My Cat Jeoffry]
  • WILLIAM COWPER
    • Light Shining Out of Darkness
      from The Task

      • Advertisement
        from Book 1: The Sofa
        from Book 6: The Winter Walk at Noon
    • The Castaway

APPENDICES

Reading Poetry

Maps

Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Glossary of Terms

British Money (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

Texts and Contexts: Chronological Chart (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

Bibliography (sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline)

Permissions Acknowledgments

Index of First Lines

Index of Authors and Titles

Our Editorial Team:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Barry Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of Virginia

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