The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551114620 / 1551114623
  • 560 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse

  • Publication Date: March 21, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551114620 / 1551114623
  • 560 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at its end. There are generous selections from the work of all major writers, and a representation of the work of virtually every writer of significance. The work of women writers figures prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical writers such as Behn and Bradstreet, but also from other writers (such as Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish) who have been receiving considerable scholarly attention in recent years.

The anthology is broadly inclusive, with writing from America as well as from the British Isles. Memoirs, letters, political texts, travel writing, prophetic literature, street ballads, and pamphlet literature are all here, as is a full representation of the literary poetry and prose of the period, including the poetry of Jonson; the prose of Bacon; the metaphysical poetry of Donne, Herbert, Marvell, and others; the lyric verse of Herrick; and substantial selections from the poetry and prose of Milton and Dryden. (While Samson Agonistes is included in its entirety, Milton’s epic poems have been excluded, in order to allow space for other works not so readily accessible elsewhere.)

The editors have included complete works wherever possible. A headnote by the editors introduces each author, and each selection has been newly annotated.

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Praise for The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose:

“There are many good things to be said about The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose—not least that it comes to help relieve a quarter-of-a-century’s dearth of decent anthologies, that it covers the whole century, and that it includes a number of women writers…This ambitious and thoughtful anthology deserves a large audience.” — Tom Clayton, Regents Professor of English, University of Minnesota

MARY SIDNEY HERBERT, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE

  • The Psalms of David
    • Psalm 52 Quid Gloriaris?
      Psalm 58 Si Vere Utique
      Psalm 74 Ut Quid, Deus
      Psalm 120 Ad Dominum

MICHAEL DRAYTON

  • To the Virginian Voyage
    To the Cambro-Britons, and their Harp, his Ballad of Agincourt
    Sonnet 61

THOMAS CAMPION

  • from A Book of Airs
    Let him that will be free and keep his heart from care
    Follow your Saint, follow with accents sweet
    from Two Books of Airs
    Sweet, exclude me not, nor be divided
    As by the streams of Babylon
    from The Third Book of Airs
    If Love loves truth, then women do not love
    from The Fourth Book of Airs
    There is a garden in her face

HENRY WOTTON

  • On his Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia
    The Character of a Happy Life
    Upon the Death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife
    On a Bank as I Sat a-Fishing: A Description of the Spring
    De Morte

AEMILIA LANYER

  • Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (excerpts)
    To All Virtuous Ladies in General
    The Author’s Dream to the Lady Mary
    Salve Deus Rex Judaorum (excerpts)
    The Description of Cooke-ham

JOHN DONNE

  • Songs and Sonnets
    • The Apparition
      The Flea
      The Good-Morrow
      Love’s Alchemy

      The Indifferent
      The Anniversary
      The Sun Rising
      The Canonization
      Confined Love
      Air and Angels
      Twicknam Garden
      A Valediction: of Weeping
      The Ecstasy
      Farewell to Love
      A Valediction: forbidding Mourning
      A Nocturnal upon S. Lucy’s Day being the shortest day
      The Relic
  • Elegies
    • Elegy VI
      Elegy VII
      Elegy VIII The Comparison
      Elegy IX The Autumnal
      Elegy XIX To His Mistress Going to Bed
      Elegy [XVIII] Love’s Progress
  • Satires
    • Satire III
  • Divine Poems
    Holy Sonnets
    • VI
      VII
      IX
      X
      XI
      XII
      XIII
      XIV
      XV
  • Holy Sonnets from the Westmoreland MS
    • XVII
      XVIII
      XIX
      Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
      A Hymn to Christ, at the Author’s last going into Germany
      A Hymn to God my God, in my sickness
      A Hymn to God the Father

BEN JONSON

  • To the Reader
    To Alchemists
    On Something that Walks Somewhere
    To William Camden
    On My First Daughter
    On My First Son
    On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
    To Sir Henry Savile
    To Sir Thomas Roe
    To the Same
    Inviting a Friend to Supper
    To Penshurst
    To Heaven
    Song To Celia
    Her Triumph
    An Epistle to Master John Selden
    An Epistle Answering to One that Asked to be Sealed of the Tribe of Ben
    An Ode. To Himself
    To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Gary and Sir H. Morison
    The Praises of a Country Life
    On The New Inn Ode. To Himself
    To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr William Shakespeare
    Clerimont’s Song
    A Vision of Beauty

RICHARD CORBETT

  • Upon an Unhandsome Gentlewoman, who made Love unto him
    The Fairies Farewell: Or God-a-Mercy Will
    The Distracted Puritan

EDWARD, LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY

  • An Ode upon a Question moved, Whether Love should continue for ever?

LADY MARY WROTH

  • Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
    • 1 When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove
      8 Love, leave to urge, thou know’st thou hast the hand
      13 Cloyed with the torments of a tedious night
      15 Dear famish not what you yourself gave food
      16 Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers
      22 Come darkest night, becoming sorrow best
      25 Like to the Indians, scorched with the sun
      26 When everyone to pleasing pastime hies
      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?
      Song 74 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 our 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 given 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
      103 My muse, now happy, lay thy self to rest

WILLIAM BROWNE

  • On the Countess Dowager of Pembroke

ROBERT HERRICK

  • To the Most Illustrious, and Most Hopeful Prince, Charles, Prince of Wales
    The Argument of his Book
    When he would have his verses read
    The Difference Betwixt Kings and Subjects
    Upon the Loss of His Mistresses
    Cherry-Ripe
    To the King and Queen,Upon Their Unhappy Distances
    Delight In Disorder
    Duty to Tyrants
    To Dianeme
    Corinna’s Going A Maying
    To live merrily, and to trust to Good Verses
    To the Virgins, To make much of Time
    The Hock-cart, or Harvest home:
    To Anthea, who may command him anything
    To Meadows
    Upon Prudence Baldwin her sickness
    On himself
    Casualties
    To Daffodils
    Matins, or morning Prayer
    Evensong
    The Bracelet to Julia
    The Departure of the Good Daemon
    The Power in the People
    To His Book
    Shame, no Statist
    Fresh Cheese and Cream
    His Winding-Sheet
    His Prayer to Ben. Jonson
    An Ode for him
    My Ben
    The bad season makes the Poet sad
    His return to London
    His Grange, Or Private Wealth
    Upon Julia’s Clothes
    A Thanksgiving to God, for his House
    His Litany, to the Holy Spirit

FRANCIS QUARLES

  • Emblem III (from Book III)
    Emblem VII (from Book III)
    Epigram III (from Book IV)
    Eclogue VIII

HENRY KING

  • An Exequy to his Matchless never to be forgotten Friend
    Upon the Death of my ever Desired Friend Dr Donne Dean of Paul’s
    Sic Vita

GEORGE HERBERT

  • The Altar
    Redemption
    Easter Wings
    Affliction (I)
    Prayer (I)
    Jordan (I)
    The H. Scriptures I
    The H. Scriptures II
    Church-monuments
    The Windows
    Denial
    Vanity (I)
    Virtue
    The Pearl. Matth. 13:45
    Man
    Life
    Jordan (II)
    The Quip
    Providence
    Paradise
    The Pilgrimage
    The Collar
    The Pulley
    The Flower
    Aaron
    The Elixir
    Love (III)
    L’Envoy

THOMAS CAREW

  • A deposition from Love
    Disdain returned
    To Saxham
    A Rapture
    To Ben Jonson
    An Elegy Upon the Death of the Dean of Pauls, Dr. John Donne
    To a Lady that desired I would love her
    A Song
    The second Rapture
    In praise of his Mistress

JAMES SHIRLEY

  • “The glories of our blood and state”

RACHEL SPEGHT

  • The Dream

THOMAS RANDOLPH

  • The Second Epode of Horace Translated
    An Elegy upon the Lady Venetia Digby
    Upon his Picture
    An Ode to Master Anthony Stafford, to hasten him into the Country
    An Answer to Master Ben. Jonson’s Ode
    On the Death of a Nightingale
    A Pastoral Courtship

WILLIAM HABINGTON

  • Nox nocti indicat Scientiam

EDMUND WALLER

  • On a Girdle
    Go, Lovely Rose!
    Upon His Majesty’s Repairing of Paul’s
    On St. James’s Park, As Lately Improved by His Majesty
    Of the last verses in the book

JOHN MILTON

  • On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity
    L’Allegro
    II Penseroso
    Lycidas
    Sonnet 7
    Sonnet 12 On the detraction which followed upon my writing certain treatises
    Sonnet 18 On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
    Sonnet 19
    On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament
    Sonnet 15 On the Lord General Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester
    Samson Agonistes

SIR JOHN SUCKLING

  • To the Reader
    Song
    A Ballad. Upon a Wedding
    The Constant Lover
    A Barley-break
    Sonnet I
    Sonnet II
    Sonnet III
    The Wits
    A Candle

GERHARD WINSTANLEY

  • The Diggers’ Song

ANNE BRADSTREET

  • The Prologue
    A Dialogue between Old England and New Concerning their Present Troubles
    The Flesh and the Spirit
    The Author to Her Book
    To My Dear and Loving Husband
    Another
    In Memory of my Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet
    Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666

RICHARD CRASHAW

  • Wishes. To his (supposed) Mistress
    Saint Mary Magdalene or The Weeper
    A Hymn to the Name and Honour of the Admirable Saint Teresa

JOHN CLEVELAND

  • The King’s Disguise
    The Rebel Scot
    Epitaph on the Earl of Strafford
    The General Eclipse

SAMUEL BUTLER

  • Hudibras (excerpts)

ROWLAND WATKYNS

  • To the Reader
    The Anabaptist
    Upon the mournful death of our late Soveraign Lord Charles the first, King of England, &c
    The Common People
    The holy Sepulchre
    The new illiterate Lay-Teachers

SIR JOHN DENHAM

  • Cooper’s Hill

RICHARD LOVELACE

  • To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
    The Grasshopper
    To Lucasta. From Prison
    To my Worthy Friend Mr. Peter Lilly
    To Althea, From Prison
    The Ant
    To a Lady with child that asked an Old Shirt

ABRAHAM COWLEY

  • The Wish
    The Grasshopper
    The Innocent 111
    On the Death of Mr. Crashaw
    To Mr. Hobbes
    Brutus
    To the Royal Society
    Sors Virgiliana
    Of Solitude

ALEXANDER BROME

  • The Levellers rant
    The New-Courtier
    The Saints’ Encouragement
    A Satire on the Rebellion

LUCY HUTCHINSON

  • “All Sorts of Men”

ANDREW MARVELL

  • Flecknoe, an English Priest at Rome
    The Coronet
    The Gallery
    The Definition of Love
    To His Coy Mistress
    An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return From Ireland
    The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers
    The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn
    Upon the Hill and Grove at Bilbrough
    Upon Appleton House
    The Garden
    On a Drop of Dew
    A Dialogue between the Soul and Body
    The Mower against Gardens
    Damon the Mower
    The Mower to the Glow-worms
    The Mower’s Song
    The Character of Holland
    Bermudas
    The First Anniversary of the Government under His Highness the Lord Protector
    On Mr. Milton’s “Paradise Lost”

HENRY VAUGHAN

  • A Rhapsody
    Upon a Cloak Lent Him by Mr. J. Ridsley
    Regeneration
    The Retreat
    “Joy of my life! while left me here”
    The Morning-Watch
    “And do they so?”
    “I walked the other day”
    “They are all gone into the world of light!”
    Cock-Crowing
    The Knot
    The Night
    The Book
    To His Books

MARGARET CAVENDISH, DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE

  • The Poetress’s Hasty Resolution
    A Discourse of Beasts
    The Hunting of the Hare
    The Pastime of the Queen of the Fairies, when she comes upon earth out of the center
    Her Descending Down
    “I Language want”

JOHN DRYDEN

  • Annus Mirabilis
    Absalom and Achitophel
    Mac Flecknoe
    Religio Laid or A Layman’s Faith (excerpt)
    A Song for St Cecilia’s Day, 1687
    To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
    Juvenal’s Sixth Satire (excerpts)
    The Empress Messalina
    The learned wife
    The gaudy gossip
    Juvenal’s Tenth Satire (excerpt)
    Sejanus
    The Secular Masque

KATHERINE PHILIPS

  • Upon the Double Murder of K. Charles I in Answer to a Libelous Copy of Rimes by Vavasour Powell
    On the Numerous Access of the English to wait upon the King in Flanders
    On the 3 of September, 1651
    Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia
    A Retired Friendship, To Ardelia
    Wiston Vault
    To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship
    A Country Life
    Orinda to Lucasia parting October 1661 at London
    Orinda Upon Little Hector Philips
    Orinda to Lucasia
    A Married State

PHILO-PHILIPPA

  • To the Excellent Orinda

THOMAS TRAHERNE

  • Wonder
    Innocence
    The Preparative
    The Instruction
    The Demonstration
    The Anticipation

CHARLES SACKVILLE, EARL OF DORSET

  • My Opinion

SIR CHARLES SEDLEY

  • Young Coridon and Phillis

APHRA BEHN

  • Song “I Led my Silvia to a Grove”
    The Golden Age. A Paraphrase on a Translation out of French
    Song “Love Armed”
    On a Juniper Tree, Cut Down to Make Busks
    The Disappointment
    On the Death of the late Earl of Rochester
    A Pindaric on the Death of our Late Sovereign
    To the fair Clarinda

JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER

  • Song
    Upon His Leaving His Mistress
    A Satire Against Reason and Mankind
    The Disabled Debauchee
    Song
    The Imperfect Enjoyment
    A Ramble in St. James’s Park
    A Song of a Young Lady to her Ancient Lover
    Signior Dildo
    Impromptu on Charles II

ELINOR JAMES

  • An Injured Prince Vindicated, or, A Scurrilous and Detracting Pamphlet Answered

THOMAS WHARTON

  • Lilli Burlero

JANE BARKER

  • An Invitation to my Friends at Cambridge
    A Virgin Life
    The Prospect of a Landscape, Beginning with a Grove
    To My Young Lover
    To My Friends Against Poetry

JOHN OLDHAM

  • An Imitation of Horace
    Upon a Bookseller

ANNE KILLIGREW

  • A Farewell to Worldly Joys
    The Complaint of a Lover
    On a Picture Painted by Herself, Representing Two Nymphs of Diana’s
    Upon the Saying that my Verses were Made by Another
    The Discontent
    Cloris’ Charms Dissolved by Eudora

JOHN TUTCHIN

  • The Foreigners

ELIZABETH SINGER ROWE “PHILOMELA”

  • Platonic Love
    A Poetical Question concerning the Jacobites, sent to the Athenians
    The Athenians’ Answer
    A Pindaric, to the Athenian Society
    To Celinda
    The Reply to Mr.——

A MISCELLANY

BALLADS

  • Tom o’ Bedlam
    A sweet and pleasant Sonnet, entitled: My mind to me a kingdom is
    Ditties Lamentation for the cruelty of this age
    The King’s Last Farewell to the World
    The Royal Health to the Rising Sun
    A Looking-Glass for Men and Maids
    No ring, no Wedding

POEMS ON THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM

  • Upon the Duke of Buckingham
    Epitaph on the Duke of Buckingham
    Epitaph

COURT SATIRE (1682)

INDEXES

INDEX OF FIRST LINES

INDEX OF AUTHORS AND TITLES

Alan Rudrum a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Simon Fraser University and the anthology’s senior editor, has published extensively on seventeenth-century British literature.

Joseph Black, an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has published articles on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature and book history.

Holly Faith Nelson who recently obtained her doctorate from Simon Fraser University, is a Lecturer at Trinity Western University.