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The Middle Ages
 

- MANKIND

- THE ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE

  • [Henry of Poitou Becomes Abbot of Peterborough]
  • [The Reign of King Stephen]

- THE BATTLE OF MALDON

- THE BROME PLAY OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC

- WILLIAM CAXTON

  • Preface to Morte Darthur

- GEOFFREY CHAUCER

- LLUDD AND LLEUELYS

- MEDIEVAL ATTITUDES TOWARD LIFE ON EARTH

  • Contempt for the World
    • Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
      • Triumph Over the World
    • The Last Journey
    • A Change in Perspective
  • “Beauty That Must Die”
    • [Ubi Sunt Qui ante Nos Fuerunt]
    • François Villon: The Ballad of Dead Ladies
  • The Goddess Fortune
    • Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
      • Fortune Defends Herself
    • Dante: Fortune an Agent of God's Will
  • “Life Is Sweet”
    • A Vision of Nature in Piers Plowman
    • Aucassin and Nicolette
      • Aucassin Renounces Paradise
    • From The Land of Cockaigne

- MIDDLE ENGLISH LYRICS

  • In Praise of Brunettes
  • The Appreciative Drinker
  • A Charm Against the Night Goblin
  • The Blacksmiths
  • Earth Took of Earth
  • Spring Has Come with Love
  • The Henpecked Husband
  • A Bitter Lullaby

- AN OLD ENGLISH RIDDLE

  • The Bow

- SIR ORFEO

- PIERS PLOWMAN

  • Passus 5: The Confession of Envy
  • Passus 5: The Confession of Gluttony

- POPULAR BALLADS

  • Edward
  • Hind Horn
  • Judas
  • Robin Hood and the Three Squires

 

The Sixteenth Century
 

- ANONYMOUS LYRICS

  • Back and Side Go Bare, Go Bare
  • In Praise of a Contented Mind
  • Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
  • Constant Penelope Sends to Thee
  • The Queen’s Champion Retires
  • The Shepherd’s Consort
  • Come Away, Come, Sweet Love!
  • Thule, the Period of Cosmography
  • Madrigal ("My love in her attire doth show her wit")
  • Weep You No More, Sad Fountains
  • The Silver Swan
  • An Exhortation Concerning Good Order and Obedience to Rulers and Magistrates
    • The Book of Homilies

- ROGER ASCHAM

  • Comeliness

- THOMAS CAMPION

  • When Thou Must Home to Shades of Underground
  • What If a Day
  • Never Love Unless You Can
  • Rose-cheeked Laura
  • Think’st Thou to Seduce Me Then

- SAMUEL DANIEL

  • From Delia
  • From Musophilus [Imperial Eloquence]

- SIR JOHN DAVIES

  • From Orchestra

- THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROSE STYLE

  • Sir John Cheke
    • [Our Own Tongue Clean and Pure]
  • The Bible
    • Translations of the Twenty-third Psalm
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    • From Arcadia
  • Philip Stubbes
    • From The Anatomy of Abuses
  • William Bullein
    • From A Dialogue Against the Pestilence [Travelers’ Tales]

- MICHAEL DRAYTON

  • Idea

- SIR EDWARD DYER

  • My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is

- RICHARD EDWARDS

  • Amantium Irae Amoris Redintegratio Est

- JOHN FOXE

  • From Acts and Monuments

- HUGH LATIMER

  • Sermon of the Plowers

- GEORGE GASCOIGNE

- FULKE GREVILLE, LORD BROOKE

  • From Mustapha [Chorus Sacerdotum]

- ARTHUR GOLDING

  • from Ovid's Metamorphoses
    • The Four Ages

- HAKLUYT’S VOYAGES

  • From A Brief and True Report
  • An Extract of Master Ralph Lane’s Letter

- MARY (SIDNEY) HERBERT, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE

  • To the Angel Spirit of Sir Philip Sidney
  • Psalm 58 Si Vere Utique

- SIR THOMAS HOBY

  • The Courtier

- RICHARD HOOKER

  • Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
    • From The Preface [On Moderation in Controversy]
    • From Book 1, Chapter 8 [On the Scope of the Several Laws]
    • From Book 1, Chapter 10 [The Foundations of Society]
    • From Book 1, Chapter 12 [The Need for Revealed Law]
    • From Book 1, Chapter 16 [Conclusion]

- HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY

  • The Fourth Book of Virgil
    • [The Hunt]
  • The Second Book of Virgil
    • [Hector Warns Aeneas to Flee Troy]
  • Set Whereas the Sun Doth Parch the Green
  • Give Place, Ye Lovers, Here Before

- JOHN LYLY

  • Cupid and My Campaspe

- “MARTIN MARPRELATE”

  • Hay Any Work for Cooper

- THOMAS NASHE

  • Spring, the Sweet Spring
  • Pierce Penniless, His Supplication to the Devil
    • An Invective Against Enemies of Poetry
    • [The Defense of Plays]
  • From The Unfortunate Traveler, or The Life of Jack Wilton
    • [Roman Summer]

- GEORGE PEELE

  • Fair and Fair

- SIR WALTER RALEGH

  • A Report of the Truth of the Fight About the Isles of Azores This Last Summer Betwixt the Revenge, One of Her Majesty’s Ships, and an Armada of the King of Spain
  • Walsinghame

- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • SONGS FROM THE PLAYS
    • When Daisies Pied
      • Spring
      • Winter
    • The Woosel Cock So Black of Hue
    • Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred
    • Sigh No More, Ladies
    • Under the Greenwood Tree
    • Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
    • It Was a Lover and His Lass
    • Oh Mistress Mine
    • Take, Oh, Take Those Lips Away
    • Hark, Hark! the Lark
    • Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
    • When Daffodils Begin to Peer
    • Full Fathom Five
    • Where the Bee Sucks, There Suck I
  • SONNETS
    • 56 ("Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said")
    • 104 ("To me, fair friend, you never can be old")
    • 118 ("Like as, to make our appetites more keen")
    • 121 ("’Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed")
    • 124 ("If my dear love were but the child of state")
    • 128 ("How oft when thou, my music, music play’st")
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle
  • King Henry the Fourth, Part I

- SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

  • Astrophil and Stella
    • 7 ("When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes")
    • 39 ("Come Sleep! O sleep the certain knot of peace")
    • 61 ("Off with true sights, oft with uncallèd tears")
  • The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
    • The Absent Urania
    • Kalander Tells About Basilus
    • The Country of Arcadia

- JOHN SKELTON

  • Upon a Dead Man's Head
  • To Mistress Margaret Hussey
  • Colin Clout
    • [The Spirituality vs. the Temporality]

- EDMUND SPENSER

- CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE

  • Tichborne’s Elegy

- ISABELLA WHITNEY

  • Will and Testament

- SIR THOMAS WYATT (the Elder)

  • Like to the Unmeasurable Mountains
  • Lux, My Fair Falcon
  • Tangled I Was in Love’s Snare
  • In Spain
  • And wilt thou leave me thus?
The Early Seventeenth Century
 

- TOPICS OF THE 17TH CENTURY

- ANONYMOUS

- JOHN AUBREY

  • The Life of Thomas Hobbes

- SIR ROBERT AYTOUN

  • To an Inconstant One

- FRANCIS BEAUMONT AND JOHN FLETCHER

  • Songs from The Faithful Shepherdess
  • Songs from Valentinian
  • Songs from The Masque of the Inner Temple
    and Gray’s Inn

- WILLIAM BROWNE

  • On the Countess Dowager of Pembroke

- ROBERT BURTON

  • The Anatomy of Melancholy

- THOMAS CAREW

  • Song
  • The Second Rapture
  • Disdain Returned
  • Song (Persuasions to Enjoy)

- ELIZABETH CARY

  • The Tragedy of Mariam, The Fair Queen of Jewry

- JOHN CLEVELAND

  • Mark Antony

- ANTHONY ASHLEY COOPER, FIRST EARL OF SHAFTESBURY

  • A Character of Henry Hastings

- ABIEZER COPPE

  • A Fiery Flying Roll

- RICHARD CORBET

  • A Proper New Ballad: The Fairies’ Farewell, or God-A-Mercy Will

- ABRAHAM COWLEY

  • The Wish
  • To Mr. Hobbes
  • To the Royal Society

- RICHARD CRASHAW

  • Luke 7
  • On Our Crucified Lord, Naked and Bloody

- SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT

  • A Song

- JOHN DONNE

  • Devotions upon Emergent Occasions: Meditation XI
  • Twicknam Garden
  • To the Countess of Bedford
  • The Curse
  • Lovers’ Infiniteness
  • The Storm
  • Elegy I. Jealousy
  • Elegy IV. The Perfume
  • Paradoxes and Problems
  • Sermon LXV: On the Weight of Eternal Glory
  • Sermon LXXVI: On Falling Out of God’S Hand
  • A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day
  • The Blossom
  • A Lecture upon the Shadow
  • Holy Sonnet 17 ("Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt")

- EDWARD, LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY

  • Sonnet of Black Beauty

- JOSEPH HALL

  • Sir Thomas Overbury and John Earle

- ROBERT HAYMAN

  • Of the Great and Famous

- GEORGE HERBERT

  • Temptation
  • Anagram
  • Hope
  • Sin’s Round
  • Love Unknown
  • Aaron
  • The Altar
  • Redemption
  • Easter Wings
  • Jordan (1)
  • The Collar
  • The Pulley
  • The Flower
  • Love (3)

- ROBERT HERRICK

  • An Ode for Him
  • Discontents in Devon
  • Upon a Child That Died
  • Oberon’s Feast
  • The Pillar of Fame
  • His Grange, or Private Wealth
  • Upon His Spaniel Tracy
  • To Lar
  • The Lily in a Crystal
  • To Blossoms
  • To the Water Nymphs Drinking at the Fountain

- LUCY HUTCHINSON

  • Memoirs of Colonel Hutchinson

- EDWARD HYDE, EARL OF CLARENDON

  • The History of the Rebellion

- BEN JONSON

The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
 

- JOSEPH ADDISON and SIR RICHARD STEELE

  • Addison: [Party Patches]
  • Addison: [The Trial of the Petticoat]
  • Steele: [The Gentleman; The Pretty Fellow]
  • Steele: [Dueling]
  • Addison: [Sir Roger at Church]

- JOHN BUNYAN

  • From Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

- WILLIAM COLLINS

  • Ode Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746
  • Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson

- WILLIAM CONGREVE

  • Love for Love

- GEORGE CRABBE

  • from The Borough

- A GRACE BEYOND THE REACH OF ART

  • LONGINUS: [Genius and the Rules]
  • QUINTILIAN: [When to Break the Rules]
  • RENÉ RAPIN: [Grace Beyond the Rules]
  • SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE: [The Inadequacy of the Rules]
  • JOHN HUGHES: [“Curiosa Felicitas”]
  • ROGER DE PILES: [Grace Gains the Heart]
  • LEONARD WELSTED: [No Precepts Can Teach Grace]

- THE GENERAL AND THE PARTICULAR

  • ARISTOTLE: [Poetry and History Contrasted]
  • HORACE: [Character Types in Comedy]
  • SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT: [Poetry and History Contrasted]
  • ANTHONY ASHLEY COOPER, THIRD EARL OF SHAFTESBURY:
    [The General and the Particular in Painting]
  • SAMUEL JOHNSON: [The Particular in Biography]
  • SAMUEL JOHNSON: [The Simplicity of Grandeur]
  • SAMUEL JOHNSON: [Hudibras and the Particular]
  • SAMUEL JOHNSON: [The Grandeur of Generality]
  • JOSEPH WARTON: [On Thomson’s Seasons]
  • HUGH BLAIR: [The Particular in Descriptive Poetry]
  • SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS: [The General and the
    Particular in Painting—The “Grand Style”]
  • WILLIAM BLAKE: [The Aesthetic Value of the
    General Denied]

- GENIUS

  • Samuel Johnson: [Definitions of Genius]
  • John Dryden: [Genius Is above Correctness]
  • Joseph Addison: [The Beauties of Great
    Geniuses Independent of Rules]
  • Samuel Johnson: [Genius Requires Invention]
  • Edward Young: [Imitation and Genius]
  • Samuel Johnson: [Genius and Knowledge]
  • Alexander Gerard: [The Origins of Genius]
  • John Moir: [The Unique Vision of Original Genius]
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds: [Genius the Child of Imitation]
  • William Blake: [Genius Unbound]
  • William Hazlitt: [Reynolds’ Genius]

- DANIEL DEFOE

  • from The History and Remarkable Life
    of the Truly Honorable Col. Jacque
  • A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal

- JOHN DRYDEN

  • Epilogue to The Conquest of Granada, II
  • Prologue to The Tempest
  • Epilogue to Tyrannic Love
  • Song from The Indian Emperor
  • Song from An Evening’s Love
  • To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished
    Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew
  • The Secular Masque
  • from The Preface to Fables Ancient and Modern
    • In Praise of Chaucer

- ANNE FINCH, COUNTESS OF WINCHILSEA

  • On Myself

- JOHN GAY

  • The Birth of the Squire. An Eclogue
  • Recitativo and Air from Acis and Galatea

- OLIVER GOLDSMITH

  • from Letters from a Citizen of the World

- THOMAS GRAY

- SAMUEL JOHNSON

  • from Prayers and Meditations
  • Rambler No. 203
  • Idler No. 58
  • Prologue Spoken by Mr. Garrick
  • Translation of Horace, Odes, Book 4.7
  • from Lives of the Poets
    • Milton
      • LYCIDAS
      • L’ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO
      • PARADISE LOST
    • Cowley
      • Metaphysical Wit
    • Pope
      • Pope’s Intellectual Character. Pope and Dryden Compared
  • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

- ALEXANDER POPE

  • Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
  • The First Satire of the Second Book
    of Horace Imitated
  • The Universal Prayer
  • Epistle to Miss Blount
  • from The Dunciad
    • The Carnation and the Butterfly
  • Ode on Solitude

- MATTHEW PRIOR

  • A True Maid
  • A Better Answer

- RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN

  • The School for Scandal

- CHRISTOPHER SMART

  • A Song to David

- SIR RICHARD STEELE

  • See Addision, Joseph

- LAURENCE STERNE

  • Reply to Sancho
  • from Tristram Shandy

- JONATHAN SWIFT

- JAMES THOMSON

  • An Ode on Aeolus’s Harp
  • from The Seasons
    • Summer
      • DAWN
      • SWIMMING
      • EVENING
    • Winter
      • A SNOWSTORM

 

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