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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed. The English Poets. 1880–1918.

Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden

Ben Jonson. 1572–1637. Critical Introduction by Adolphus William Ward
Echo’s Lament of Narcissus (from Cynthia’s Revels)
Venetian Song (from Volpone)
Song: ‘Still to be neat, still to be drest’ (from Epicæne)
Charis’ Triumph (from Underwoods)
Truth (from Hymenæi)
The Shepherds’ Holiday (from Pan’s Anniversary)
Song before the Entry of the Masquers (from The Fortunate Isles)
Ode to Himself (after the failure of The New Inn)
Song—To Celia: ‘Drink to me only with thine eyes’ (from The Forest)
Epigrams: To My Mere English Censurer
    On Court-Worm
    To Fool or Knave
    On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
    An Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy, a Child of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel
    Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H.
An Ode to Himself (from Underwoods)
To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us (from the First Folio)
Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke (from Underwoods)
An Epitaph on Master Philip Gray (from Underwoods)
Epode (from The Forest)
To Heaven (from The Forest)
William Drummond of Hawthornden. 1585–1649. Critical Introduction by Thomas Humphry Ward
Extracts from the Poems: Sonnets
    Song: ‘Phœbus, arise
    To Chloris
    Sonnet to Sir W. Alexander
Extracts from The Flowers of Sion: Sonnet: ‘Look how the flower which ling’ringly doth fade
    For the Baptist
    To the Nightingale
    Madrigal: ‘This world a hunting is
Sonnet to Sir W. Alexander (from The Cypresse Grove)
William Alexander, Earl of Stirling. 1567?–1640. Critical Introduction by Thomas Humphry Ward
Sonnets from Aurora
Third Chorus from The Tragedy of Darius
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Critical Introduction by Andrew Cecil Bradley
Francis Beaumont. 1584–1616. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster
Beaumont and Fletcher. Song from The Maid’s Tragedy
John Fletcher. 1579–1625. The Satyr, I (from The Faithful Shepherdess)
The River God to Amoret (from The Faithful Shepherdess)
The Satyr, II (from The Faithful Shepherdess)
Song (from The Two Noble Kinsmen)
Song: ‘Hear, ye ladies that despise’ (from Valentinian)
Song to Bacchus: ‘God Lyæus, ever young’ (from Valentinian)
Invocation to Sleep (from Valentinian)
Song: ‘Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan’ (from The Queen of Corinth)
Song: ‘Hence, all you vain delights’ (from The Nice Valour)
Thomas Dekker. c. 1570–1632. Critical Introduction by William Minto
Content (from Patient Grissil)
Lullaby (from Patient Grissil)
The Praise of Fortune (from Old Fortunatus)
Rustic Song: ‘Haymakers, rakers, reapers, and mowers’ (from The Sun’s Darling)
John Ford. 1586–c. 1640. Critical Introduction by William Minto
Penthea’s Dying Song (from The Broken Heart)
Calantha’s Dirge (from The Broken Heart)
Awakening Song (from The Lover’s Melancholy)
William Browne. c. 1590–c. 1645. Critical Introduction by William Thomas Arnold
Extracts from Britannia’s Pastorals: Marina and the River-God
    The Scented Grove
    The Music Lesson
    The Hunted Squirrel
    A Metamorphosis
    The Poet’s Ambition
    The Praise of Spenser
    A Lament for His Friend
    The Praise of Sydney
    A Colour Passage
    The Description of Walla
    The Song of Tavy
    The Complaint of Pan
    The Song of Celadyne
    A Comparison
Song: ‘Welcome, welcome do I sing’ (from Minor Poems)
The Charm (from The Inner Temple Masque)
Sonnet: ‘Fairest, when by the rules of palmistry
George Wither. 1588–1667. Critical Introduction by William Thomas Arnold
Weakness (from Abuses Stript and Whipt)
Eclogue 4 (from The Shepherd’s Hunting)
The Author’s Resolution in a Sonnet (from Fidelia)
Love-poems (from The Mistress of Philarete)
A Christmas Carol
Extracts from Hallelujah: When We Are upon the Seas
    For Summer Time
    The Prayer of Old Age
Giles Fletcher. 1586?–1623. Critical Introduction by John W. Hales
Christ’s Victory in Heaven
Sir Henry Wotton. 1568–1639. Critical Introduction by John W. Hales
The Character of a Happy Life
On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia
Thomas Carew. 1595?–1639?. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Song: ‘Ask me no more where Jove bestows
A Prayer to the Wind
The Cruel Mistress
A Deposition from Love
Disdain Returned
Celia Singing
The Lady to Her Inconstant Servant
A Pastoral Dialogue
Extract from The Rapture
Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villers
Song: ‘Would you know what ’s soft?’
The Protestation
In Praise of His Mistress
Robert Herrick. 1591–1674. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
The Argument of the Hesperides
When He Would Have His Verses Read
Corinna’s Going a Maying
The Rock of Rubies
Candlemas Eve
The Night Piece
To the Virgins
To Blossoms
To Primroses Filled with Morning Dew
To Daffadils
To Meadows
A Thanksgiving to God
The Mad Maid’s Song
Upon Julia’s Clothes
Delight in Disorder
Art above Nature
The Bride-Cake
His Prayer to Ben Jonson
An Ode for Ben Jonson
To Anthea, I
To Anthea, II
To Perilla
The Wake
To Robin Red-breast
To the Lark
To the Rose
The Bag of the Bee
To the Duke of York
The Litany
Grace for a Child
The Dirge of Jephthah’s Daughter
Ode to Endymion Porter
What Love Is
Upon Prew His Maid
The White Island
Oberon’s Feast
To Phillis
William Habington. 1605–1654. Critical Introduction by William Thomas Arnold
To Roses in the Bosom of Castara
To Cupid, upon a Dimple in Castara’s Cheek
The Description of Castara
To Castara, in a Trance
To Castara, upon the Death of a Lady
Against Them Who Lay Unchastity to the Sex of Women
To Castara. Of True Delight
Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam
Sir John Suckling. 1609–1642. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
A Ballad upon a Wedding
Truth in Love
The Dance
Orsames’ Song in Aglaura
Song: ‘I prithee send me back my heart
The Lute Song in The Sad One
Richard Lovelace. 1618–1658. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Going to the Wars
The Rose
To Althea from Prison
The Grasshopper
To Lucasta
Lord Herbert of Cherbury. 1583–1648. Critical Introduction by John Churton Collins
An Ode upon a Question Moved Whether Love Should Continue for Ever
Upon Combing Her Hair
Sandys, Herbert, Crashaw, Vaughan. Critical Introduction by George Augustus Simcox
From the Paraphrase upon Luke I
George Herbert. 1593–1633. The Collar
The Quip
The Pulley
The World
Richard Crashaw. c. 1613–1649. Wishes. To His Supposed Mistress
The Flaming Heart
Description of a Religious House
Henry Vaughan. 1621–1695. The Retreat
The Burial of an Infant
The World
Beyond the Veil
James Shirley. 1596–1666. Critical Introduction by William Minto
A Lullaby (from The Triumph of Beauty, a Masque)
The Garden (from Poems)
The Might of Death (from Cupid and Death, a Masque)
A Dirge (from The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses)
Thomas Randolph. 1605–1635. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Ode to Master Anthony Stafford
Extract from The Cotswold Eclogue
Extract from A Pastoral Courtship
To Ben Jonson
William Cartwright. 1611–1643. Critical Introduction by Adolphus William Ward
On His Majesty’s Recovery from the Small-Pox, 1633
A New Year’s Gift to Brian Lord Bishop of Sarum upon the Author’s Entering into Holy Orders, 1638
On a Virtuous Young Gentlewoman That Died Suddenly
Abraham Cowley. 1618–1667. Critical Introduction by Thomas Humphry Ward
Extract from Poetical Blossomes: A Wish
Extracts from The Miscellanies: Ode of Wit
    On the Death of Mr. William Hervey
    The Chronicle. A Ballad
    On the Death of Mr. Crashaw
Extracts from Anacreontiques: Drinking
    The Swallow
Extracts from The Mistress: The Spring
    The Wish
Extracts from Pindarique Odes: To Mr. Hobbes
Extracts from Verses Written on Several Occasions: Stanzas from The Hymn to Light
    Extract from The Ode to the Royal Society
Extract from Discourses by Way of Essays: On Solitude
Edmund Waller. 1606–1687. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
On a Girdle
Song: ‘Go, lovely Rose
Extract from His Majesty’s Escape at St. Andrews
To One Who Wrote against a Fair Lady
The Bud
The Marriage of the Dwarfs
Extract from The Battle of the Summer’s Islands
Sir John Denham. 1615–1669. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
View of London from Cooper’s Hill
Praise of the Thames
Against Love
Song: ‘Morpheus, the humble god, that dwells
Extract from The Elegy on Cowley
Thomas Stanley. 1625–1678. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Celia Singing
The Tomb
Sir William Davenant. 1606–1668. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Extract from Gondibert
Song: ‘The lark now leaves his watery nest
On the Captivity of the Countess of Anglesey
John Milton. 1608–1674. Critical Introduction by Mark Pattison
An Epitaph on the Admirable Dramatic Poet, William Shakespeare
Il Penseroso
Extract from Comus
Sonnets: On His Being Arrived at the Age of Twenty-three
    On His Blindness
    On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
    To the Lord General Cromwell
Extracts from Paradise Lost: Book I
    Book IV
    Book X
Extracts from Paradise Regained: Book I
    Book III
Extract from Samson Agonistes
Andrew Marvell. 1621–1678. Critical Introduction by Goldwin Smith
The Garden
A Drop of Dew
The Bermudas
Young Love
A Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland
On Milton’s Paradise Lost
Samuel Butler. 1612–1680. Critical Introduction by William Ernest Henley
Extracts from Hudibras: Argumentative Theology
    The Presbyterians
    ‘New Light
    The Muse of Doggerel
    Martial Music
    Spiritual Trimmers
    Amantium Irae
Extracts from Miscellanies: An Apology for Plagiaries
    Upon the Weakness and Misery of Man
Distichs and Saws (from Hudibras and Miscellanies)
Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon. 1633?–1685. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Extract from the Essay on Translated Verse
Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset. 1638–1706. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Song Written at Sea
Sir Charles Sedley. 1639–1701. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Song: ‘Love still has something of the Sea
Song (from The Mulberry Garden): ‘Ah! Chloris
Song: ‘Phillis is my only joy
Aphra Behn. 1640–1689. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Song (from Abdelazar): ‘Love in fantastic triumph sate
The Dream
On the Death of Waller
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. 1647–1680. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Song: ‘My dear Mistress
The Bowl
Song (from Valentinian): ‘Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart
Song: ‘When on those lovely looks
Song: ‘Absent from thee I languish still
Epitaph on Charles II.
Thomas Otway. 1652–1685. Critical Introduction by Edmund W. Gosse
Extract from The Poet’s Complaint of His Muse
John Oldham. 1653–1683. Critical Introduction by Adolphus William Ward
The Jesuits (from the Second Satire upon them)
The Domestic Chaplain (from A Satire addressed to a Friend)
John Dryden. 1631–1700. Critical Introduction by Adolphus William Ward
Verses to her Royal Highness the Duchess [of York]
Extracts from Annus Mirabilis: The Attempt at Berghen
    The Fire of London
Extracts from Absalom and Achitophel: Achitophel
    The Malcontents. Zimri
Shadwell (from Mac Flecknoe)
Extracts from Absalom and Achitophel: Doeg and Og
Tradition (from Religio Laici)
Extracts from The Hind and the Panther: The Sects. Private Judgment
    The Unity of the Catholic Church
    The Buzzard
Prologue to Aureng-Zebe, or the Great Mogul
To the Pious Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew
A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day
Alexander’s Feast; or, The Power of Music
Lines Printed under the Engraved Portrait of Milton
To My Friend, Mr. Congreve
Palamon and Arcite
To My Honoured Kinsman, John Dryden
Veni Creator Spiritus