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Renaissance Literature: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose, 2nd Edition

John C. Hunter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5047-7
1104 pages
May 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This extensively revised anthology makes available the most important poetry and prose from the period between the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 and the English Revolution of 1640. Responding to the broadening of the canon in recent years, it balances the work of familiar Renaissance figures with important texts by women writers, supported by helpful introductions and annotations.
  • A new edition of this popular anthology, which includes many writings from women and from lesser-known writers, alongside established Renaissance figures
  • Includes work by prominent writers of the period, such as such as Spenser, Shakespeare, and Donne, alongside important texts by women, including Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Mary Wroth, and Elizabeth Cary
  • Brings together a variety of key works of the period, along with introductions and annotations to the texts, reflecting developments in critical and cultural theory and the latest Renaissance scholarship
  • Extensively revised, corrected, and expanded to increase the level of annotation, and to make the volume more user-friendly
  • Now includes a thematic table of contents and timeline, and a substantially expanded introduction to enable students to consider entries more easily in the social, cultural, and historical context of the period
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List of Illustrations

Alphabetical List of Authors

Preface: Representing the Renaissance in the Twenty-First Century

Acknowledgments

Timeline: The Tudor and Stuart Monarchs, 1509–1642

Introduction: Renaissance English History and Literature

John Skelton (1460?–1529)
  Philip Sparrow [Part I]

Sir Thomas More (1477/8–1535)
    [From] The History of King Richard the Third (ca. 1513–18)
    [From] A Dialogue Concerning Heresies (1529)
    Letter from Margaret Roper to Alice Alington, August 1534

Sir Thomas Elyot (ca. 1490–1546)
  [From] The Book Named the Governor
  [From] The First Book of The Castell of Health

William Tyndale (1494–1536)
  [From] The Obedience of a Christian Man (1528)
  [From] Tyndale’s Translation of the Pentateuch (1530)
  [From] Tyndale’s Translation of the New Testament (1534)
    Mark 4:1–34 [the Parable of the Sower and the Seed]
    The Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 1
  [Tyndale’s Translation of Luther’s] A Prologue to the Epistle of Paul to the Romans

Sir Thomas Wyatt (ca. 1503–1542)
  [From] Certain Psalms (published 1549)
    [Prologue]
    Psalm 51. Miserere mei domine
  Poems Attributed to Wyatt in the Egerton Manuscript and in Tottel’s Miscellany
    [The Long Love]
    [Whoso List to Hunt]
    [The Pillar Perished]
    [Farewell, Love]
    [Sometime I Fled the Fire]
    [ Tagus, Farewell]
    [Sighs Are My Food]
    [Lucks, My Fair Falcon]
    [In Court to Serve]
    [They Flee from Me]
    [Madam, Withouten Many Words]
    [And Wilt Thou Leave Me Thus?]
    [My Lute, Awake!]
    [Mine Own John Poyntz]

Broadside Ballads (ca. 1535 onwards)
    A Ballad of Luther, the Pope, a Cardinal, and a Husbandman (ca. 1535)
    London’s Lottery (1612)
    The Silver Age; or, the World Turn’d Backward (1621)

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547) (os)
  [Translations from the Aeneid]
    [From] Book II [The Death of Creusa]
    [From] Book IV [The Suicide of Dido]
  Psalm 55
  [When Ragyng Love]
  [The Soote Season]
  [Set Me Wheras the Sonne]
  [Love That Doth Raine]
  [The Sonne Hath Twyse Brought Forthe]
  [London, Hast Thow Accused Me]
  [W. Resteth Here]

John Foxe (1517–1587)
  [From] Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days
    Story and Martyrdom of Anne Askew

Richard Mulcaster (1530?–1611)
  [From] Positions (1581)
  [From] The First Part of the Elementarie (1582)

Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603)
  [Written on a Window Frame at Woodstock]
  [’Twas Christ the Word]
  [The Doubt of Future Foes]
  On Monsieur’s Departure
  [When I Was Fair and Young]
  Verse Exchange Between Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh
    [Raleigh to Elizabeth]
    [Elizabeth to Raleigh]
  [Song on the Armada Victory, December 1588]
  Letter from Princess Elizabeth to Queen Mary, August 2, 1556
  Queen Elizabeth’s Speech at the Closing of Parliament, March 29, 1585

George Gascoigne (ca. 1534–1577)
  [From] A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres (1573)
    Gascoigne’s Woodmanship
    Gascoigne’s Goodnight

Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547, 1563)
  A Fruitful Exhortation to the Reading and Knowledge of Holy Scripture (1547)
  An Homily of the Misery of All Mankind, and of His Condemnation to Death Everlasting, by His Own Sin (1547)
  An Homily of the State of Matrimony (1563)

The Book of Common Prayer (1549, 1552, and 1559) (os)
  The Preface (1559)
  Of Ceremonies, Why Some be Abolished, and Some retayned (1559)
  [From] The Litany (1552)
  [From] The order of the ministracion of the lordes supper or holy Communion (1552)

Edmund Spenser (1552–1599) (os)
  [From] The Shepheardes Calender
    Aprill
 [From] Amoretti
  Epithalamion
  [From] The Faerie Queene
    A Letter of the Authors expounding his whole intention … to Raleigh
    Book II, cantos 1, 7, 9–10, 12
    Two Cantos of Mutabilitie
  [From] A View of the State of Ireland

Anonymous Carols
  [Sing We With Mirth]
  [By Reason of Two]
  [Of All Creatures Women Be Best]

Richard Hakluyt (ca. 1552–1616) (os)
  [From] The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation
    The third troublesome voyage made … by M. John Hawkins
    [From] A true discourse of the three Voyages of discoverie …
    The woorthy enterprise of John Foxe …
    The answere of her Maiestie to the aforesaid Letters of the Great Turke …

John Lyly (ca. 1553–1606)
  [From] Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

John Florio (1553?–1625)
  [From] The Essayes of Michael Lord of Montaigne
    To the courteous Reader
    Of the Cannibals

Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1553–1618)
  Like to a Hermit Poor
   The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
  The Lie
  A Farewell to False Love
   [Even Such is Time]
  The 21st (and last) Book of the Ocean to Cynthia

Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
  The Defense of Poesy
  [From] Astrophil and Stella
  Miscellaneous Poetry
    Poems from The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia
     
[As I my little flock on Ister bank]
      [Ye goat-herd gods]
     Sonnets
      [Thou blind man’s mark]
      [Leave me, O love]
  [From] The Psalms of David
   
Psalm 22
    Psalm 23
    Psalm 30

Thomas Hariot (1560–1621) and John White (1540?–1590)
  [From] A briefe and true report of the new found Land of Virginia of the commodities and of the nature and manners of the natural inhabitants (1590)
      To the Adventurers, Favourers, and Well-Willers of the Enterprise for the Inhabiting and Planting in Virginia
      The third and last part … with a description of the nature and manners of the people of the country

Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
  [From] The Advancement of Learning (1605)
  [From] Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral (1625)
    Of Truth
    Of Simulation and Dissimulation
    Of Innovations
    Of Plantations
    Of Nature in Men
    Of Studies
    Of Vicissitude of Things
  New Atlantis (published 1627)

Robert Southwell (1561–1595)
  The Burning Babe
  Decease Release
  Man’s Civil War
  Look Home

Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1561–1621) (os)
  To the Angell Spirit of the Most Excellent Sir Philip Sidney
  [From] The Psalms of Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
    Psalm 44 Deus, auribus
    Psalm 59 Eripe me de inimicis
    Psalm 138 Confitebor tibi
    Psalm 139 Domine, probasti

A Mirror for Magistrates (1563, 1587 editions) (os)
  [From] A Mirror for Magistrates
    The Induction
    Cardinal Wolsey

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) (os)
  Hero and Leander              
  [From] All Ovid’s Elegies
    Book One, Elegia 1
    Book One, Elegia 5
    Book Three, Elegia 7
    Book Three, Elegia 11
  The Passionate Shepherd to his Love

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  The Rape of Lucrece
  [From] Sonnets

Thomas Campion (1567–1620) (os)
  [From] A Booke of Ayres (1601)
    To the Reader
    I–II
    VI
    X
    XII
    XV
    XXI
    [Female Persona Lyrics]
      2: IX
      2: XV
      4: XVIII

Thomas Nashe (1567–1601)
  The Choice of Valentines
 
[From] Pierce Penniless His Supplication to the Devil (1592)

Æmilia Lanyer (1569–1645) (os)
   Salve Deus Rex Judæorum

Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
  [From] Epigrams (1616)
    xi. On Something that Walks Somewhere
    xiv. To William Camden
    xxii. On My First Daughter
    xxiii. To John Donne
    xlv. On My First Son
    lii. To Censorious Courtling
    lxii. To Fine Lady Would-Be
    lxxvi. On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
    lxxxiii. To a Friend
    lxxxix. To Edward Alleyn
    ci. Inviting a Friend to Supper
    cii. To William, Earl of Pembroke
    cv. To Mary, Lady Wroth
    cx. To Clement Edmonds, On His Caesar’s Commentaries Observed and Translated
    cxviii. On Gut
    cxxxiv. On the Famous Voyage
  [From] The Forest (1616)
    i. Why I Write Not of Love
    ii. To Penshurst
    v. Song: To Celia
    ix. Song: To Celia
    xv. To Heaven
  [From] Underwoods (1640)
    2. A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyric Pieces
      His Excuse for loving
      Her Triumph
      His discourse with Cupid
    9. My Picture Left in Scotland
    23. An Ode. To Himself
    29. A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme
    47. An Epistle Answering to One that Asked to be Sealed of the Tribe of Ben
    70. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of that Noble Pair,
           Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison
  Miscellaneous Poems
    To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare: And What He Hath Left Us

John Donne (1572–1631)
  [From] Songs and Sonnets
    The Anniversary
    The Apparition
    The Bait
    The Canonization
    The Ecstasy
    A Fever
    The Flea
    The Funeral
    The Indifferent
    A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day
    The Relic
    Song
    The Sun Rising
    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
  Elegies
    Elegy 8. To His Mistress Going to Bed
    Elegy 9. Change
  The First Anniversary: An Anatomy of the World
  Religious Poems
    Holy Sonnets: 6–7, 10
    Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
  [From] Paradoxes, Problems, Essays, Characters (published 1652)
      A Defence of Women’s Inconstancy
     That Nature is our Worst Guide
      Why Puritans make long Sermons?
  [From] Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
    XVII. Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris

John Marston (1576–1634)
  [From] Metamorphosis of Pygmalion’s Image, and Certaine Satyres (1598)
    Satire II

Martha Moulsworth (1577–?) (os)
  November the 10th 1632, The Memorandum of Martha Moulsworth Widdowe

Elizabeth (Tanfield) Cary, Lady Falkland (1585–1639)
  [From] The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry
    The Argument
    Actus Primus. Scena Prima

Myles Smith (d. 1624)
  The Translators to the Reader – the Preface to the Authorized Version (King James Bible) (1611)

Lady Mary (Sidney) Wroth (1586?–1651?)
  [From] Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
  [From] The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania

George Wither (1588–1667)
  [From] A Collection of Emblemes Ancient and Moderne

George Herbert (1593–1633)
  [From] The Temple
    The Altar
    The Agonie
    Sepulchre
    Easter
    Easter Wings
    Sinne
    Prayer (I)
    Love I
    Jordan (I)
    Employment (I)
    The H. Scriptures I
    Church Monuments
    The Windows
    The Quiddity
    Denial
    Vertue
    The Pearl. Matth. 13. 45
    Life
    Jordan (II)
    The British Church
    The Quip
    Paradise
    The Collar
    The Pulley
    The Sonne
    Discipline
    Death

Rachel Speght (1597–?) (os)
  A Mouzell for Melastomus
Gazetteer of Classical and Early Modern Names and Places

Bibliography

Index of Titles

Introductions, and Notes

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John Hunter is Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University. His previous publications include essays on Francis Bacon and on early modern drama.
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Reflects developments in critical and cultural theory and in the latest Renaissance scholarship

Now includes a thematic table of contents and timeline, and a substantially expanded introduction to enable readers to consider entries more easily in the social, cultural, and historical context of the period.

Extensively revised, corrected, and expanded to increase the level of annotation, and to make the volume more user-friendly

 

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  • A new edition of this popular anthology, which includes many writings from women and from lesser-known writers, alongside established Renaissance figures
  • Includes work by prominent writers of the period, such as such as Spenser, Shakespeare, and Donne, alongside important texts by women, including Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Mary Wroth, and Elizabeth Cary
  • Brings together many key works of the period, along with introductions and annotations to the texts, reflecting developments in critical and cultural theory and the latest Renaissance scholarship
  • Extensively revised, corrected, and expanded to increase the level of annotation, and to make the volume more user-friendly
  • Now includes a thematic table of contents and timeline, and a substantially expanded introduction to enable students to consider entries more easily in the social, cultural, and historical context of the period
See More
"Arranged chronologically, these selections of prose pieces, carols, ballads, songs, and hymns contain introductory notes, suggested readings, and footnotes. Also included are bibliographical references, indexes, and cross references to the Internet resources. Strongly recommended for all libraries." (Library Journal (of the previous edition))
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