Select Poetry, Chiefly Devotional, of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth
Lord, call vs home from our exile / To place of our abode; / Thou long inough hast punisht vs— / Oh Lord, now spare thy rod.
The Praier of Ieremiah, ll. 81–4.

Select Poetry, Chiefly Devotional, of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Collected and Edited by Edward Farr

The 326 selections in this original-spelling anthology exemplify the enthusiasm of the English Reformation in Biblical translation and presages the Metaphysical poets.

Bibliographic Record Preface



I. Queen Elizabeth Psalm XIV
II. Archbishop Parker Psalme XCII
Psalm CX
III. Edmund Spenser An Hymne of Heavenly Love
An Hymne of Heavenly Beautie
The Ruines of Time
The Ministry of Angels
The Ways of God Unsearchable
A Sonnet
IV. George Gascoigne De Profundis
Good Morrowe
Good Nighte
V. Barnaby Barnes Sonnet II
Sonnet V
Sonnet VII
Sonnet VIII
Sonnet X
Sonnet XIII
Sonnet XIV
Sonnet XXI
Sonnet XXXI
Sonnet LI
Sonnet LII
Sonnet LXX
Sonnet LXXVI
Sonnet LXXX
VI. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke Psalme IV
Psalme VI
Psalme XIII
Psalme XVI
Psalme XIX
Psalme XXIII
Psalme XLVII
Psalme LXII
Psalme LXXII
Psalme LXXXV
Psalme XCI
Psalme XCIII
Psalme XCVI
Psalme XCIX
Psalme CXIII
Psalme CXVII
Psalme CXXV
Psalme CXXIX
Psalme CXXXI
Psalme CXLIV
VII. Sir John Davies The Immortality of the Soul
The Dignity of Man
Worth of the Soul
The Soul
False and True Knowledge
VIII. Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke Sonnets
IX. Sir John Harington Psalm CXII
X. Michael Drayton The Most Excellent Song, Which Was Salomon’s
The Song of Annah
The Praier of Ieremiah
A Song of Moses and the Israelites
A Song of the Faithfull for the Mercies of God
A Song of the Faithfull
The Song of Ionah in the Whale’s Bellie
The Finding of Moses
The Passage of the Red Sea
The Law Given on Sinai
XI. Henry Lok Psalme XXVII
Psalme CXXI
A Version of the Lord’s Prayer
The Miserable State of the Wicked
Sonet LI
Sonet LIII
Sonet XC
XII. William Hunnis Psalme VI
Psalme LI
Certaine Short and Pithy Praiers vnto Iesu Christ Our Sauiour
A Lamentation Touching the Follies and Vanities of Our Youth
A Dialog betweene Christ and Sinner
A Meditation
An Humble Sute of a Repentant Sinner for Mercie
A Psalme of Reioising for the Woonderfull Loue of Christ
Gray Heares
God’s Covenant with Noah
XIII. Thomas Bryce The Regester
The Wyshes of the Wise
XIV. Sir Nicholas Breton Stanzas
A Prayer for Gentlewomen and Other to Use
A Solempne and Repentant Prayer for Former Life Mispent
A Prayer
A Prayer Written for a Gentlewoman
The Prayse of Humilitie
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
XV. John Hall, M.D. An Example of Praier against Idolatrous Tyrantes
Psalm CXV
An Holsome Warning
The Faithfull Souldiour of Christe Desireth Assistance of God against His Ghostly Enemies
XVI. Geffrey Whitney Embleme I
Embleme II
Embleme III
Embleme IV
Embleme V
Embleme VI
Embleme VII
Embleme VIII
Embleme IX
Embleme X
Embleme XI
Embleme XII
XVII. Humphrey Gifford The Life of Man
In Praise of the Contented Minde
Of the Vanitie of the World
A Lesson for All Estates
A Godly Discourse
The Complaynt of a Sinner
A Dreame
XVIII. William Byrd Psalme XV
Psalme XIII
Care for Thy Soule
The Martirs
XIX. Anthony Munday A Dittie, Declaring the Uncertaintie of Our Earthly Honor
A Dittie, Which Sheweth by Example of Diuers Worthy Personages Past in Ancient Time
A Dittie, Wherein the Brevitie of Man’s Life Is Described
XX. Sir Walter Raleigh The Farewell
My Pilgrimage
An Epitaph
XXI. Abraham Fraunce Psalm LXXII
XXII. John Davies Sonets
God Eternal
Those Blessed Who Endure Temptation
Heauenly Mansions
Diuine Mercy As Great As God’s Diuinity
God’s Glory and Goodnes Inexplicable
Griefe for Sinne Is a Ioyfull Sorrow
Blessed Be the Mercifull: For They Shall Obtaine Mercy
Stanzas from “Christ’s Crosse
The Death of Christ
XXIII. Thomas Howell The Office of the Minde
XXIV. Thomas Tusser Principall Pointes of Religion
The Author’s Beliefe
XXV. Richard Vennard Laudetur Domiuus in Æternum
XXVI. G. C. Respice Finem
XXVII. J. Rhodes An Answere to a Romish Rime
XXVIII. Francis Kinwelmersh For Christmas Day
For Whitsonday
All Things Are Vaine
XXIX. Richard Edwardes Of Perfect Wisedome
XXX. Arthur Bourcher Golden Precepts
XXXI. D. Sand Thinke to Die
Our Pleasures Are Vanities
XXXII. Lord Vaux On the Instabilitie of Youth
Bethincking Himselfe of His End, Writeth Thus
XXXIII. Richard Hill A Freendly Admonition
XXXIV. T. Bastard De Microcosmo
Ad Iohannem Whitegift, Arch. Cant.
XXXV. G. Gaske A Description of the Worlde
XXXVI. Candish No Ioy Comparable to a Quiet Minde
XXXVII. William Bvttes Death Certain
XXXVIII. Anonymous Virtue Immoveable
Death a Due Debt
XXXIX. William Samuel The XIX. Psalme
The VII. Chapter of Job
XL. T. Marshall Being in Trouble, He Writeth Thus
XLI. M. Thorn The World Vanity
XLII. Thomas Scott To Art
XLIII. Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex The Complaint of a Synner
XLIV. Francis Davison Psalm XIII
Psalm CXXV
Psalm CXXX
XLV. Christopher Davison Psalme XV
XLVI. Joseph Bryan Psalme LIV
Psalme CXLII
XLVII. Richard Gipps Psalm VI
XLVIII. T. Carey Psalme XCI
XLIX. George Whetstone Recantation
L. Dudley Fenner Solomon’s Song. Chapter IV
LI. Stephen Gosson Speculum Humanum
LII. Anonymous Stanzas
LIII. Samuel Rowlands Peter’s Teares at the Cocke’s Crowing
The Death of Death, Sinnes Pardon, and Soule’s Ransome
The High Way to Mount Caluarie
Christ to the Women of Hierusalem
LIV. E. W. Lines from “Thameseidos
LV. Ann Dowriche Stanzas from “The French Historie
LVI. John Markham The Betrayal of Christ
LVII. John Davies Stanzas from “Sir Martin Mar-people
LVIII. Richard Robinson Psalme VI
Time Fleeting
LIX. Edward Hake Stanzas from “The Commemoration
A Complaint, from “Golde’s Kingdome, etc.”
Stanzas from “Newes out of Powle’s Churchyard
LX. Roger Cotton Stanzas from “The Armour of Proofe, brought from the Tower of Dauid
LXI. Leonard Stauely Stanzas from “The Author’s muse vpon this life in manner of a dittie
LXII. William Warner Of Christ
The Flesh and the Spirit
How Sathan by the Sinne of Pride Hath Euer Preuailed
LXIII. Anonymous Stanzas from “The Passions of the Spirit
LXIV. Timothy Kendall To Jesus Christe
LXV. Peter Pett All Creatures Praise God
LXVI. John Pits The Hundredth Psalme
LXVII. G. B. Stanzas from “The Shippe of Safe-gard
LXVIII. Stephen Batman Stanzas from “The Trauayled Pilgrime
LXIX. William Broxup Stanzas from “St. Peter’s Path to the Joyes of Heauen
LXX. Barnaby Googe The Vncertayntie of Lyfe
LXXI. Francis Sabie Stanzas from “David’s Ode
LXXII. Andrew Willet Diuina Prouidentia
Ad Pastores Otiosos et Somnolentos
LXXIII. C. T. That Christ did, that thou must die
LXXIV. Henry Willobie The Praise of a Contented Minde
LXXV. Samuel Daniel The Vanity of Riches
The Vanity of Fame
LXXVI. R. D. Stanzas from “An Exhortation to England to ioine for defense of true religion and their native countrie
LXXVII. T. Proctor A Mirror of Mutability
LXXVIII. Thomas Churchyard Charitie
Verses Fitte for Euery One to Knowe and Confesse
LXXIX. Michael Cosowarth Psalme XXX
LXXX. G. Ellis Stanzas from “The Lamentation of the Lost Sheepe
LXXXI. Elizabeth Grymeston Psalme LI
LXXXII. Thomas Lloyd The Inconstancy of Youth
LXXXIII. Thomas Drant Jeremie’s Prayer
LXXXIV. R. Thacker A Godlie Dittie
LXXXV. Anonymous The Teares of Our Sauiour in the Garden
The Description of Heauenly Ierusalem
A Heauenly Prayer in Contempt of the World and the Vanities Thereof
LXXXVI. Anonymous Mary Magdalen’s Second Lamentation
Mary Magdalen’s Sixt Lamentation
The Conclusion to Mary Magdalen’s Lamentations
LXXXVII. Anonymous An Introduction to Saint Peter’s Teares
The Ninth Teare
LXXXIX. James Yates Of Wayling, and Not Preuailing
A Sonnet of a Slaunderous Tongue
XC. A. W. Saphickes vpon the Passion of Christ
Address to Time
XCI. Anonymous A Repentant Poem
XCII. John Bodenham Of Faith and Zeale
Similes on the Same Subiect
Of Life
Similies on the Same Subject
XCIII. John Norden Man
To the Prayse of God for the Forgiuenesse of Our Sinnes
For the Kingdom of God
Against False Prophets and Deceitfull Teachers
Before We Go to Bed
XCIV. Bartholomew Chappell A Warning Voice
XCV. Henoch Clapham The apostles haue for help euangelists
XCVI. Christopher Fetherstone A Sonnet
XCVII. John Marbeck God is my strength
XCVIII. Thomas Gressop Here is the spring where waters flowe
XCIX. H. C. Lines Prefixed to Greenham’s “Comfort for an afflicted Conscience
C. Charles Best Of the Fall of Man in Adam
CI. Anonymous The Lamentation of a Sinner
CII. Anthony Fletcher A Simile
CIII. Robert Holland The Lord’s Prayer
CIV. H. C. What Misery and Misfortunes Mankinde Is Continually Subjecte vnto
An Exhortation to Pacience
CV. Thomas Sternhold Psalme XVIII
Psalme CIII
CVI. W. P. A Fragment of the XCVth Psalm
CVII. John Hopkins Psalme LXXXIV
CVIII. Thomas Norton Psalme CXLVII
CIX. William Whittingham Psalme LI
CX. William Kethe Psalme CXXV
CXI. Robert Wisdom Psalme CXXV
A Hymn
CXII. John Pullain Psalme CXLIX
CXIII. John Mardley Psalme CXLV
CXIV. Anonymous The Complaynt of a Sinner, Who Craueth of Christ to Be Kept vnder His Mercy
CXV. T. B. An Exhortation to the Prayse of God, to Be Song before Morning Prayer
An Exhortation, to Be Song before Euening Prayer
CXVI. D. Cox The Lord’s Prayer
CXVII. E. G. Giue peace in these our dayes, O Lord
CXVIII. Anonymous Christmas Carol
CXIX. W. A. A Prayer of a Repentant Sinner Bewailing His Sins and Craving for Mercy
CXX. L. Ramsey A Short Discourse of Man’s Fatall End
CXXI. W. Elderton An Epytaphe
CXXII. Robert Burdet The Refuge of a Sinner
CXXIII. Jud Smith Paraphrase of the Fifth Chapter of the Song of Solomon
CXXIV. Gregory Scott Stanzas
CXXV. Christopher Lever A Prayer
CXXVI. John Phillip Stanzas
CXXVII. Thomas Middleton Stanzas from “The Wisdom of Solomon Paraphrased
CXXVIII. John Awdelie From “An Epitaphe upon the Death of Mayster John Viron, Preacher
CXXIX. Edward Wollay From “A Plaine Pathway to Perfect Rest
CXXX. William Gibson From “A Discription of Norton’s Falcehood of Yorkshyre, and of his fatall Farewel
CXXXI. Anthony Nixon The Christian Navy
CXXXII. Abraham Fleming A Spirituall Song, Conteining “A Glorying of God, etc.”
CXXXIII. Edmond Eluiden A Newe-Yere’s Gift to the Rebellious Persons in the North Partes of England
CXXXIV. Anonymous Stanzas from “An Answere to the Proclamation,” etc.
CXXXV. Thomas Nelson A Godlie Prayer Giuen to Her Maiestie
CXXXVI. Thomas Newton From “An Epitaphe upon the worthy and honorable Lady, the Lady Knowles
CXXXVII. Nicholas Boweman From an Epitaph on the Death of Juel, Bishop of Salisbury
The Lenuoy
Anthony Nixon Memorial of Queen Elizabeth