The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 2: The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century – Third Edition
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554812905 / 1554812909
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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 2: The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century – Third Edition

  • Publication Date: March 14, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554812905 / 1554812909
  • 1201 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials. Innovative, authoritative and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has established itself as a leader in the field.

The full anthology comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter has been edited, annotated, and designed according to the same high standards as the bound book component of the anthology, and is accessible by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.

For the third edition of this volume a considerable number of changes have been made. Newly prepared, for example, is a substantial selection from Baldassare Castiglione’s The Courtier, presented in Thomas Hoby’s influential early modern English translation. Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy is another major addition. Also new to the anthology are excerpts from Thomas Dekker’s plague pamphlets. We have considerably expanded our representation of Elizabeth I’s writings and speeches, as well as providing several more cantos from Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene and adding selections from Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia. We have broadened our coverage, too, to include substantial selections of Irish, Gaelic Scottish, and Welsh literature. (Perhaps most notable of the numerous authors in this section are two extraordinary Welsh poets, Dafydd ap Gwilym and Gwerful Mechain.) Mary Sidney Herbert’s writings now appear in the bound book instead of on the companion website. Margaret Cavendish, previously included in volume 3 of the full anthology, will now also be included in this volume; we have added a number of her poems, with an emphasis on those with scientific themes.

The edition features two new Contexts sections: a sampling of “Tudor and Stuart Humor,” and a section on “Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, and Covenanters.” New materials on emblem books and on manuscript culture have also been added to the “Culture: A Portfolio” contexts section.

There are many additions the website component as well—including Thomas Deloney’s
Jack of Newbury also published as a stand-alone BABL edition). We are also expanding our online selection of transatlantic material, with the inclusion of writings by John Smith, William Bradford, and Anne Bradstreet.


Comments on the Broadview Anthology of Literature:

“ … sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

“With the publication of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies by Norton and Longman…. This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement.” — Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

“Forty-five years [after publication], the Norton remains the 800 lb. gorilla in the classroom. But it faces vigorous and growing competition from other anthologies, notably The Longman Anthology of British Literature and The Broadview Anthology of British Literature…. The most recent entry in the field, the Broadview, [is distinguished by its] selections, longer introductions, more visual material, and … Web component.” — The Chronicle of Higher Education

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“After twenty years of teaching British literature from the Norton anthologies, I’m ready to switch to the Broadview. The introductions to each period are key to teaching a survey course, and those in the Broadview seem to me to be both more accessible to students and more detailed in their portraits of each era than are those of the Norton. And Broadview’s selection of authors and texts includes everything I like to teach from the Norton, plus a good deal else that’s of real interest.” — Neil R. Davison, Oregon State University

“Norton’s intros are good; Broadview’s are better, with greater clarity and comprehension, as well as emphasis upon how the language and literature develop, both reacting or responding to and influencing or modifying the cultural, religious/philosophical, political, and socio-economic developments of Britain. The historian and the linguist in me thoroughly enjoyed the flow and word-craftsmanship. If you have not considered the anthology for your courses, I recommend that you do so.” — Robert J. Schmidt, Tarrant County College

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NOTE: The online component of the anthology offers a substantial number of additional readings, edited to the same standards as the bound book. Online readings appear in the hyperlinked sections below; to download these readings, please follow the hyperlinks to the BABL online resources site and log in using your passcode.




    • 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
      The Drama
      The English Language in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
    • Tyndale’s English Bible, King James Bible, Geneva Bible, Douay-Rheims Bible
      • Genesis: Chapter 1
        Matthew: Chapter 5
    • The Martyrdom of Anne Askew
      • from Anne Askew, “The First Examination of Anne Askew”
        from John Foxe, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days
        Anonymous, “I Am a Woman Poor and Blind”
    • from Thomas Cranmer, The Book of Common Prayer
      • The Solemnization of Matrimony
        The Order for the Burial of the Dead
    • John Foxe
      • from John Foxe, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days
        • The Benefit and Invention of Printing
          Bishop Ridley and Bishop Latimer
    • from Lady Margaret Hoby, Diaries
      from Owen Felltham, Resolves
      Jews and Christians

      • from Richard Morison, A Remedy for Sedition
        from Samuel Esque, Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel
        from Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta

        • from Act 2, Scene 3
      • from Thomas Lodge, Wits Misery, and the World’s Madness
        from Edward Coke, The Institutes of the Laws of England, Part 2
    • 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
    • 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 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
        • from L’Olive augmentée
          • 113 (“Si nostre vie est moins qu’une journée”)
            113 (“If this, our life, be less than but a day”)
        • from Les Regrets
          • 31 (“Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage”)
            31 (“Blest he who like Ulysses voyaged fair and wide”)
      • 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”)
      • Anne Lock
        • from A Mediation of a Penitent Sinner
          • (“Long have I heard, and yet I hear the sounds”)
            (“Look on me, Lord: though trembling I beknowe”)
      • Henry Lock (
        • Sonnet 21 (The Merchant and the Pearl)
          “To the Honorable Lady, the Lady Rich”
      • 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”)
    • Ireland and Gaelic Scotland
      • Gofraidh Fionn Ó Dálaigh
        • from “To Domhnall”
      • Isabel, Countess of Argyll
        • There’s a Young Man in Pursuit of Me / Atá Fleasgach Ar Mo Thí
          Woe to the One Whose Sickness Is Love / Is Mairg Dá Ngalar An Grádh
      • Anonymous
        • Lament for MacGregor of Glenstrae, who was beheaded in 1570
      • Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn
        • from “The Battle of Drumleene”
          A Satire
      • Geoffrey Keating
        • O Woman Full of Wiles
          Bear with Thee, O Letter, My Blessing
          On the Miseries of Ireland
          from History of Ireland
      • Dáibhí Ó Bruadair
        • Gone Are All the Noble Poets
          After the Death of the Poets
      • Geoffrey O’Donoghue of the Glens
        • This caps all their tricks, this statute from overseas
      • IN CONTEXT: English Invasions of Ireland (
        • from Edmund Spenser, A View of The Present State of Ireland
          from Oliver Cromwell, Letter to the English Parliament (17 September 1649)
          from Father Thomas Quinn, Letter to the Vatican (28 August, 1656)
    • Wales
    • from The Courtier
      • from Book 1
        from Book 4
    • Letters
      • Lady Jane Grey to Her Father, 9 February 1554
        A Letter Written by the Lady Jane to Her Sister Lady Katherine
    • A Certain Prayer of the Lady Jane in the Time of Her Trouble
      Certain Pretty Verses Written by the Said Lady Jane with a Pin
      IN CONTEXT: Lady Jane Grey

      • from John Foxe, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days
    • from The Faerie Queene
      • Book 1
        from Book 2

        • Canto 12
      • from Book 3
        • Canto 6
          Canto 11
          Canto 12
      • from Book 5
        • Canto 2
    • Letter to Sir Walter Ralegh on The Faerie Queene
      IN CONTEXT: The Redcrosse Knight
      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 The Shepeardes Calender (
      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
    • 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
    • from The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia
      • from Book 1
        • from Chapter 1
          from Chapter 2
          from Chapter 5
          from Chapter 12
    • IN CONTEXT: An Emblem Honoring Sir Philip Sidney
      • from Geffrey Whitney, A Choice of Emblems
    • To the Angel Spirit of the Most Excellent Sir Philip Sidney
      from The Psalms of David

      • Psalm 52: Quid Gloriaris?
        Psalm 58: Si Vere Utique
        Psalm 74: Ut Quid, Deus
        Psalm 120: Ad Dominum
    • Even now that care (To the Thrice Sacred Queen Elizabeth)
    • 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
      • Selected Illustrations
        from “A True Report of the late Horrible Murder Committed by William Sherwood”
    • Print Manuscript Culture
      • Selected Illustrations
    • Emblems
      • from Geffrey Whitney, A Choice of Emblems
    • Sonnet to Elizabeth (“A single thought that haunts me, day and night”) / (“Une seul penser qui me profite le jour et la nuit”)
  • Sonnets to Bothwell
    • (“O gods, have of me compassion” / “O Dieux ayez de moy compassion”)
      (“In his hands and in his full power” / “Entre ses mains & en son plein pouvoir”)
      (“And now she begins to see” / “Et maintenant elle commence à voir”)
      (“You believe her [alas] I perceive it too well” / “Vous la croyez, las! trop je l’apperçoy”)
  • Letters
    • from Letter Two
      Letter Three
      Letter Four
      Letter Seven
      Letter Eight
    • from Sir John Hawkins, “Account of His third voyage”
      from Anthony Jenkinson, “The Voyage of Master Anthony Jenkinson”
      from Michel de Montaigne, “Of Cannibals”
      from William Shakespeare, The Tempest

      • from Act 1, Scene 2
        from Act 2, Scene 1
    • Elizabethan Adventurers
      • Selected Portraits
    • The English in Virginia, the Powhatans in London
      • from Arthur Barlow, “The first voyage made to the coasts of America”
        Michael Drayton, “To the Virginian Voyage”
        from John Smith, General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles
        from John Rolfe, “Letter to Sir Thomas Dale”
        from John Smith, General History of Virginia and the Summer Isles
    • Newfoundland “With Good Clothes On”
      • from Richard Whitbourne, A Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland
        Robert Hayman, “To My Very Good Friend Mr. John Poynts”
    • from “The Royal Charter for Incorporating the Hudson’s Bay Company”
      from Mary Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
    • The Spanish Tragedy
      • from Essays
        • Of Truth
          Of Death
          Of Revenge
          Of Simulation and Dissimulation
          Of Marriage and Single Life
          Of Love
          Of Travel
          Of Plantations
          Of Masks and Triumphs
          Of Studies (1597 version, original spelling)
          Of Studies (1625 version, modernized)
          Of Love

from Novum Organum (
from The New Atlantis (

    • The Burning Babe
      The Nativity of Christ
      His Circumcision
      Christ’s Bloody Sweat
      A Vale of Tears
      Mary Magdalen’s Complaint at Christ’s Death
      Lewd Love Is Loss
    • Venus and Adonis
      IN CONTEXT: Venus and Adonis

      • from Ovid, Metamorphoses
        Henry Peacham, “Adonis Killed by a Boar”
    • 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 (
      IN CONTEXT: Performance and Sources
      IN CONTEXT: Gender and Sexuality
      IN CONTEXT: Theater and Society
      IN CONTEXT: Music and the Passions
      IN CONTEXT: Dueling
      A Midsummers Night’s Dream (
      The Merchant of Venice (
      IN CONTEXT: Sources and Context
      IN CONTEXT: Jews and Christians
      IN CONTEXT: Revenge
      IN CONTEXT: Commercial Life: Of Venice, Merchants, Usurers, and Debtors
      IN CONTEXT: Friendship and Love between Men
      IN CONTEXT: Women, Family, and Obedience
      King Lear (
      IN CONTEXT: Facsimile Pages
      IN CONTEXT: King Lear: Sources and Analogues
      IN CONTEXT: King Lear: Seventeenth-Century Reception History
    • from A Book of Ayres
      • 3 (“I care not for these ladies”)
        5 (“My love hath vow’d he will forsake me”)
        6 (“When to her lute Corrina sings”)
        8 (“It fell on a summer’s day”)
        21 (“Come, let us sound with melody the praises”)
    • The Writer to his Book
      from Observations in the Art of English Poesy

      • The First Chapter, Entreating of Numbers in General
        The Second Chapter, Declaring the Unaptness of Rhyme in Poesy
        The Third Chapter, Of Our English Numbers in General
    • The English Sapphic
    • Is. W. to Her Unconstant Lover
      The Admonition by the Author to all Young Gentlewomen, and to all Other Kinds of Maids Being in Love
      A Careful Complaint by the Unfortunate Author
      In Answer to Comfort Her, by Showing His Haps to be Harder
      A Reply to the Same
      The Manner of Her Will
      The Manner of Her Will, and What She Left to London and all Those in it at Her Departing
    • from John Donne, Paradoxes and Problems
      • from Paradox 1: “A Defense of Women’s Inconstancy”
        Paradox 6: “That It Is Possible to Find Some Virtue in Some Women”
        Problem 6: “Why Hath the Common Opinion Afforded Women Souls?”
        from Joseph Swetnam, The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women

        • from Chapter 2
      • from Rachel Speght, A Muzzle for Melastomus
        from Ester Sowernam, Ester Hath Hanged Haman: An Answer to a Lewd Pamphlet, Entitled The Arraignment of Women

        • Chapter 2
          Chapter 4
          Chapter 6
          Chapter 7
          Chapter 8
      • from Owen Felltham, Resolves
        • “Of Woman”
    • 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
      Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
      from Devotions

      • Meditation 17
    • The Duchess of Malfi
    • from The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
      from The Third Book

      • from Chapter 1 [Voyage to Virginia and first weeks there]
        from Chapter 2: What Happened Till the First Supply
        from Chapter 8: Captain Smith’s Journey to Pamunkey
    • from The Fourth Book
      • John Smith’s Relation to Queen Anne of Pocahontas
        [Smith’s Farewell to Virginia]
    • from The Sixth Book
      • The Description of New England
    • 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”)
        Song [Love, a child, is ever crying]
    • A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love
      • 77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)
        78 (“Is to leave all, and take the thread of love”)
        79 (“His flames are joys, his bands true lovers’ might”)
        80 (“And be in his brave court a glorious light”)
        81 (“And burn, yet burning you will love the smart”)
        82 (“He may prophet, and our tutor prove”)
        83 (“How blest be they, then, who his favours prove”)
        84 (“He that shuns love, doth love himself the less”)
        85 (“But where they may return with honour’s grace”)
        86 (“Be from the court of Love, and Reason torn”)
        87 (“Unprofitably pleasing, and unsound”)
        88 (“Be giv’n to him who triumphs in his right”)
        89 (“Free from all fogs, but shining fair, and clear”)
        90 (“Except my heart, which you bestowed before”)
    • 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”
    • 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
    • from The Distaff Gospels
      from The Gospel of Dame Ysengrine du Glay
      from Thomas Elyot, The Book Named The Governor

      • from Part 1: The signification of a public weal, and why it is called in Latin Respublica
        from Part 2: That one sovereign governor ought to be in a public weal, and what damage hath happened by lacking one sovereign governor
    • from Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, Acts Presented to Parliament
      • from the Preamble to the Act in Restraint of Appeals, 1533
        from The Act of Supremacy (1534)
    • from John Ponet, A Short Treatise of Political Power
      from Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
      Images of Elizabethan Authority
      from James I (James VI of Scotland), The True Law of Free Monarchies
      from Robert Filmer, Observations Concerning the Original of Government, Upon Mr. Hobbes’s Leviathan, etc.
      from Margaret Fell, “Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved, and Allowed of by the Scriptures”
    • 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
    • from A Key into the Language of America
      • Chapter 16: Of the Earth, and the fruits thereof
        Chapter 20: Of their nakedness and clothing
        Chapter 21: Of their religion, the soul, etc.
        Chapter 23: Of marriage
        Chapter 29: Of their war, etc.
    • from The Bloody Tenet of Persecution
      A Letter to the Town of Providence
      Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country
    • Prologue
      An Elegy Upon that Honourable and Renowned Knight, Sir Philip Sidney, who was ultimately slain at the Seige of Zutphen, Anno 1586
      The Author to Her Book
      Before the Birth of One of Her Children
      To My Dear and Loving Husband
      A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
      In Memory of My Dear Grand-Child, Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665 Being a Year and Half Old
      In Memory Of My Dear Grand-Child Anne Bradstreet, Who Deceased June 20, 1699, Being Three Years and Seven Months Old
      On My Dear Grand-Child Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, Being but a Month and One Day Old
      Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666
      from Meditations Divine and Moral
    • The Coronet
      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
    • The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution
      An Excuse for so Much Writ Upon My Verses
      A World Made by Atoms
      The Four Principal Figured Atoms Make the Four Elements, as Square, Round, Long, and Sharp
      What Atoms Make a Palsy, or Apoplexy
      All Things Are Governed by Atoms
      The Motion of the Blood
      Of Many Worlds in this World
      A World in an Earring
      A Dialogue Betwixt the Body and the Mind
      A Dialogue between an Oak, and a Man Cutting Him Down
      A Dialogue betwixt Peace, and War
      Earth’s Complaint
      The Hunting of the Hare
      Nature’s Cook
      A Woman Drest by Age
      Of the Theme of Love
      IN CONTEXT: Lucretius and Atomism (

      • from Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
        • from Book 1
          from Book 2
    • 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
    • Thomas Carew
      • The Spring
        A Song
        An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul’s, Dr. John Donne
    • Sir John Suckling
      • Song
        A Ballad. Upon a Wedding
        “Out upon it, I have loved”
    • Richard Lovelace
      • To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
        To Althea, From Prison (Song)
    • William Strode
      • On Westwell Downs
        On a Gentlewoman Walking in the Snow
    • Thomas Randolph
      • Upon the Loss of His Little Finger
    • Richard Corbett
      • Upon Fairford Windows
    • Edmund Waller
      • Go, Lovely Rose!
        Abraham Cowley
        Of Wit
    • Henry Vaughan
      • Regeneration
        The World
    • Richard Crashaw
      • Saint Mary Magdalene or, The Weeper
    • L’Allegro
      Il Penseroso

      • 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
        from Book 5
        Argument to Book 6
        Argument to Book 7
        from Book 7
        Argument to Book 8
        from 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 (
      IN CONTEXT: The Biblical Versions of the Samson Story
    • Information from the Scottish Nation
      The Putney Debates (
      William Walwyn, The Bloody Project
      from Abiezer Coppe, A Fiery Flying Roll

      • The Preface
        from A Second Fiery Flying Roll

        • Chapter 3
    • Gerrard Winstanley, A Declaration from the Poor Oppressed People of England
      The Diggers’ Song
    • Queen Henrietta Maria, “The Queen’s Letter Sent to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty from Holland”
      Statement of Charles I to the High Court
      The Death Warrant of Charles I
      from Oliver Cromwell, Letters from Ireland

      • For the Honorable William Lenthal, 17 September 1649
    • from Eikon Basilike
      • 4: Upon the Insolency of the Tumults
        12: Upon the Rebellion, and Troubles in Ireland
        19: Upon the various events of the War; Victories, and Defeats
    • from John Milton, Eikonoklastes
      • 12: Upon the Rebellion in Ireland
    • from Lucy Hutchinson, Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson
      from Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England

      • [The Character of Cromwell—A Royalist Appraisal]
    • from Gerrard Winstanley, “A New Year’s Gift Sent to Parliament and Army”


Reading Poetry


Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Glossary of Terms

Texts and Contexts: Chronological Chart (

Bibliography (

Permissions Acknowledgments

Index of First Lines

Index of Authors and Titles

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