The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume III. Renascence and Reformation.

XII. The Elizabethan Sonnet



Alexander, Sir William, earl of Stirling. Aurora. Printed by Richard Field for Edward Blount, 1604. Rptd. in Chalmer’s British Poets. Vol. V.

Barnes, Barnabe. A Divine Centurie of Spirituall Sonnets. John Windet, 1595. Reprinted in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. II. 1814.

—— Parthenophil and Parthenophe. Sonnets, Madrigals, Elegies and Odes. [1593.] Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. 1 1904.

Barnfield, Richard. Cynthia; with certaine Sonnets and the Legend of Cassandra. Humphrey Lownes, 1595.

Bodenham, John. Belvedere, or the Garden of the Muses. Printed by F. K. for Hugh Astley, 1600. Rptd. in the Spenser Society’s Issue No. 17, 1875.

—— England’s Helicon. Printed by I. R. for John Flasket, 1600. Edited by Bullen, A. H. 1887.

Breton, Nicholas. The Passionate Shepheard … with many excellent Sonnets.… 1604. Rptd. by Grosart, A. B., in Chertsey Worthies Library. 2 vols. 1875.

Breton, Nicholas. A Floorish upon Fancie: compiled by N. B. Gent.; to which are annexed The Toyes of an Idle Head, by the same author. Richard Jones, 1582. Reprinted in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. 1. 1815.

—— A Small Handfull of Fragrant Flowers.… By N. B. Richard Jones, 1575. Reprinted in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. 1. 1815.

Constable, Henry. Diana, or, The excellent conceitful Sonnets of H. C. Augmented with divers Quatorzains of honourable and learned personages. Printed by James Roberts for Richard Smith, 1584. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

—— Spirituall Sonnettes to the honour of God and hys Sayntes. By H. C. From a manuscript in the Harleian Collection (No. 7553). First printed in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. II. 1815.

Daniel, Samuel. Delia. Contayning certayne Sonnets: with the complaint of Rosamond. Printed by J. C. for Simon Waterson, 1592. Second (augmented) edition, 1592; third (further augmented) edition, 1592; other editions “Delia and Rosamond Augmented,” appeared in 1594, 1595 and 1598. The edition of 1594 is reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Davison, Francis. A Poetical Rapsody containing diverse Sonnets, Odes, Elegies, Madrigalls and other Poesies, both in Rime and measured verse. Never yet published. Printed by V. S. for John Baily, 1602. Reprinted by Bullen, A. H. 2 vols. 1890.

Desportes, Philippe. uvres. Ed. Michiels. Paris, 1858.

Drayton, Michael. Ideas Mirrour. Amours in Quatorzains. Printed by James Roberts for Nicholas Linge, 1594. Second edition, 1599 (reprinted, 1600); third edition, 1602 (reprinted, 1603); fourth edition, 1605 (reprinted, 1608, 1610 and 1613); fifth and final edition, 1619. The first edition of 1594, with poems of later editions, was reprinted in the Roxburghe Club edition of Drayton’s Poems, 1856. The fifth edition of 1619 is reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Drummond, William (of Hawthornden). Poems, Amorous, Funerall, Divine, Pastorall, in Sonnets, Songs, Sextains, Madrigals, by W. D. Edinburgh: Andro Hart, 1616. London (augmented) edition. 1656. Ed. Ward, W. C. 2 vols. 1894.

Edwardes, R. The Paradyse of daynty devises, aptly furnished, with sundry pithie and learned inventions: devised and written for the most part by M. Edwards.… Henry Disle, 1576. Reprinted in 1577, 1578, 1580, 1585, augmented 1590 (?), 1596, 1600, 1606.

Emaricdulfe. Sonnets written by E. C., Esquirer. Matthew Law, 1595. Reprinted in A Lamport Garland. Roxburghe Club. 1881.

Fletcher, Giles. Licia, or Poems of Love in Honour of the admirable and singular virtues of his Lady. To the imitation of the best Latin Poets, and others. 1593. Rptd. in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Googe, B. Eglogs, Epytaphes and Sonettes. Thomas Colwell for Raffe Newbery, 1563. Arber’s English Reprints. 1871.

Greville, Fulke, Lord Brooke. Caelica in Poetical works, 1633. Ed. Grosart, A. B., in Fuller Worthies Library. 1870.

Griffin, B. Fidessa, more chaste than kind. By B. Griffin, Gent. Printed by the Widow Orwin for Matthew Lownes, 1596. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Harington, Sir John. The most elegant and witty epigrams of … digested into Foure Bookes. Three whereof neuer before published. 1618.

Linche, R. Diella. Certain Sonnets, adjoined to the amorous Poem of Dom Diego and Gynevra. By R. L., Gentleman. Printed for Henry Olney, 1596. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Lodge, Thomas. Phillis Honoured with Pastorall Sonnets, Elegies and amorous delights. John Busbie, 1593. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Lok, Henry, Ecclesiastes, otherwise called the Preacher.… Composed by H. L., Gentleman. Whereunto are annexed sundrie Sonets of Christian Passions heretofore printed, and now corrected and augmented, with other affectionate sonets of a feeling conscience of the same Authors. Richard Field, 1597. Rptd. in Miscellanies of Fuller Worthies Library, Poems by Henry Lok, Gentleman (1593–7), ed. Grosart, A. B., 1871.

Percy, William. Sonnets to the fairest Coelia. Printed by Adam Islip, for W. P., 1594. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Phoenix nest, The. Built up with the most rare and refined works of noblemen, woorthy knights, gallant gentlemen, masters of arts, and brave schollers.… Set foorth by R. S. John Jackson, 1593. Reprinted in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. II. 1814.

Proctor, Thomas. A Gorgious Gallery of Gallant Inventions … by divers worthy workemen of late dayes and now joyned together and builded up. By T. P. Richard Jones, 1578. Rptd. in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. 1. 1815.

Robinson, Clement. A Handefull of Pleasant Delites: containing sundrie new sonets and delectable histories.… By Clement Robinson and divers others. 1584. Rptd. in T. Park’s Heliconia. Vol. II. 1814.

Ronsard, Pierre. uvres de Ronsard. Bibliothèque Elzevirienne. 8 vols. Paris, 1866.

Sidney, Sir Philip. Syr P. S. His Astrophel and Stella. Wherein the excellence of Sweet Poesy is concluded. To the end of which are added sundry other rare Sonnets of divers Noblemen and Gentlemen. Thomas Newman (first surreptitious impression), 1591. Containing the preface by Thomas Nashe, “Somewhat to read, for them that list.” Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. 1. 1904. [See also ed. Pollard, A. W., 1891, and ed. Flügel, E., Halle, 1889. A complete edition of the works of Sir Philip Sidney is in preparation for the Cambridge English Classics, ed. Albert Feuillerat. At present, the collected edition of Sidney’s poetry is Grosart’s, 1873, 1877.]

Smith, William. Chloris, or The Complaint of the passionate despised Shepherd. By William Smith. Edmund Bollifant, 1596. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Spenser, Edmund. Complaints containing sundrie small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. By Ed. Sp. William Ponsonbie, 1591.

—— Amoretti and Epithalamion. Printed for William Ponsonby, 1595. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Tofte, Robert. Laura. The Toys of a Traveller, or The Feast of Fancy. By R. T., Gentleman. Valentine Simmes, 1597. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.

Tottel’s Miscellany. Songes and Sonettes, written by the ryght honorable Lorde Henry Haward, late Earle of Surrey, and other. Richard Tottel, 1557. Reprinted in Arber’s English Reprints, Birmingham, 1870; also 1893.

Turbervile, G. Epitaphs, Epigrams, Songs and Sonets, &c.… set out by George Turberuile, Gentleman. Henry Denham, 1567.

Watson, Thomas. The EKATOMIIA[char]IA or Passionate Centurie of Loue.… Composed by Thomas Watson, Gentleman: and published at the request of certaine Gentlemen his very frendes. Imprinted by John Wolfe for Gabriell Cawood. [1582.] Reprinted in Arber’s English Reprints, 1870.

—— The Tears of Fancie, Or, Love Disdained. William Barley, 1593. Reprinted in Arber’s English Reprints, 1870.

Zepheria. Printed by the Widow Orwin, for N. L. and John Busby, 1594. Reprinted in Lee’s Elizabethan Sonnets. Vol. II. 1904.


Darmesteter, A. and Hatzfeld, A. Le Seizième Siècle en France.… (6th ed.) Paris, 1897.

De Marchi, L. L’influenza della lirica italiana sulla lirica inglese nel secolo XVI. Nuova Antologia S. III, LVIII, 1895.

Edinburgh Review, April, 1907. The Pleiade and the Elizabethans.

Englische Studien, vol. XX. Alexander Montgomerie und Ronsard.

Fitzmaurice-Kelly, J. Note on three Sonnets (by Spenser, Francisco de la Torre, and Tasso). Revue Hispanique, vol. XIII, pp. 257–260, 1906.

Flamini, Francesco. Il Cinquecento (Storia Letteraria d’Italia). Part II, ch. 2, pp. 169–237. Milan, n.d.

—— Studi di Storia Letteraria Italiana e Straniera. Livorno, 1895.

Guggenheim, Josef. Quellen Studien zu Samuel Daniels Sonetten Cyclus Delia. Berlin, 1898.

Harrison, John Smith. Platonism in English Poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. New York, 1903.

Isaac, H., in Shakespeare Jahrbuch, XVII, pp. 165–200.

Kastner, L. E. Articles in Athenæum, Oct. 22 and 29, 1904; on Thomas Lodge as an imitator of the Italian poets, Mod. Lang. Rev. II 155 ff.; on Scottish Sonnetteers and the French Poets, Mod. Lang. Rev. III, 1–15; on Elizabethan Sonnetteers and the French Poets, Mod. Lang. Rev. III, 268–277.

Koeppel, E. Studien zur Gesch. d. englischen Petrarchismus im XVI Jahrh. Roman. Forschungen, V.

Lamb, Charles. Last Essays of Elia: Some Sonnets of Sir Philip Sidney.

Lee, Sidney. Chapman’s “Amorous Zodiacke.” Modern Philology. Chicago, October 1905.

—— A Life of William Shakespeare (5th edition). Chapter VII (pp. 87–111) and appendixes IX and X (pp. 443–461). 1905.

—— Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the first edition, 1609, from the copy in the Malone Collection in the Bodleian Library. With Introduction and Bibliography. Oxford, 1905.

—— Elizabethan Sonnets: with an introduction. 2 vols. 1904. A rearranged edition of Arber’s English Garner.

Lentzner, C. A. Die Geschichte des Sonettes in England. Leipzig, 1886.

Main, D. (ed.). A Treasury of English Sonnets: edited from the original sources with notes and illustrations. Book 1, pp. 1–68, and notes, pp. 240–337. 1880.

Noble, J. A. The Sonnet in England. 1893.

Pieri, Marius. Le Pétrarquisme au XVIe siècle. Pétrarque et Ronsard.… Marseilles, 1896.

Tilley, Arthur. The Literature of the French Renaissance. 2 vols. Cambridge, 1904.

Tomlinson, Charles. The Sonnet: its origin, structure, and place in poetry. 1874.

Vaganay, Hugues. Le Sonnet en Italie et en France au XVIe siècle. Essai de Bibliographie Comparée. Lyon, 1903.

Wyndham, George. Ronsard and La Pléiade. 1906.