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  • December 2005
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Gregory Chaplin (Editor, Bridgewater State College), John P. Rumrich (Editor, University of Texas at Austin)


Twenty-nine poets writing from the 1603 ascension of James I, the first Stuart King, and the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, are included in this Norton Critical Edition.

A time of political and social unrest in England, this period produced some of the greatest poetry in English. This volume includes the major poets—John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, John Milton, and Andrew Marvell—the major women writers of the era—Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Anne Bradstreet, Margaret Cavendish, and Katherine Philips—and nineteen other poets essential to an understanding of English literature in the seventeenth century. The poems are accompanied by headnotes and explanatory annotations. "Criticism" is divided into two sections. The first, "Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Criticism," includes commentary by contemporary poets and biographers, among them Ben Jonson, John Dryden, and Samuel Johnson. The second, "Recent Criticism," brings together twenty critical examinations of the period and its poets, including essays by T. S. Eliot, Janel Mueller, Aldous Huxley, W. H. Auden, Joseph Summers, Laurence Babb, Gerald Hammond, Eavan Boland, Leah Marcus, and William Kerrigan. A Selected Biography is also included.



    The Texts of the Poems

    AEMILIA LANYER (1569–1645)

    1. From Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611)
      1. To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty
      2. To All Virtuous Ladies in General
      3. From Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
      4. The Description of Cookham

    JOHN DONNE (1572–1631)

    1. From Poems (1633)
      1. From Songs and Sonnets
        1. The Good Morrow
        2. Song [“Go and catch a falling star”]
        3. The Undertaking
        4. The Sun Rising
        5. The Indifferent
        6. The Canonization
        7. Air and Angels
        8. The Anniversary
        9. Twickenham Garden
        10. Confined Love
        11. A Valediction: Of Weeping
        12. Love’s Alchemy
        13. The Flea
        14. A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day
        15. The Bait
        16. The Apparition
        17. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
        18. The Ecstasy
        19. The Funeral
        20. The Blossom
        21. The Relic
        22. The Damp
        23. Farewell to Love
        24. A Lecture upon the Shadow
      2. From Elegies
        1. Elegy 6. Nature’s Lay Idiot
        2. Elegy 8. To His Mistress Going to Bed
        3. Elegy 14. Love’s Progress
      3. Heroical Epistle
        1. Sappho to Philaenis
      4. From Satires
        1. Satire 3 [“Kind pity chokes my spleen”]
      5. Verse Letters
        1. The Storm
        2. The Calm
        3. To Sir Henry Wotton [“Sir, more than kisses’”]
        4. To the Countess of Bedford [“Madam, you have refined me”]
      6. From An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary
      7. Divine Poems
        1. Holy Sonnets
          1. 1 [“As due by many titles I resign”]
          2. 2 [“Oh my black soul!”]
          3. 3 [“This is my play’s last scene”]
          4. 4 [“At the round earth’s imagined corners”]
          5. 5 [“if poisonous minerals”]
          6. 6 [“Death be not proud”]
          7. 7 [“Spit in my face you Jews”]
          8. 8 [“Why are we by all creatures waited on?”]
          9. 9 [“What if this present were the world’s last night?”]
          10. 10 [“Batter my heart”]
          11. 17 [“Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt”]
          12. 18 [“Show me, dear Christ”]
          13. 19 [“Oh, to vex me”]
      8. Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
      9. A Hymn to Christ, at the Author’s Last Going into Germany
      10. Hymn to God, my God, in my Sickness
      11. A Hymn to God the Father

    BEN JONSON (1572–1637)

    1. From The Works of Benjamin Jonson (1616)
      1. From Epigrams
        1. I. To The Reader
        2. II. To My Book
        3. IV. To King James
        4. IX. To All, To Whom I Write
        5. XI. On Something That Walks Somewhere
        6. XIV. To William Camden
        7. XVIII. To My Mere English Censurer
        8. XXII. On My First Daughter
        9. XLV. On My First Son
        10. LIX. On Spies
        11. LXXVI. On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
        12. LXXIX. To Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland
        13. LXXXIII. To a Friend
        14. XCI. To Sir Horace Vere
        15. XCIV. To Lucy, Countess of Bedford, with Mr. Donne’s Satires
        16. XCVI. To John Donne
        17. CI. Inviting a Friend to Supper
        18. CXX. Epitaph on S.P., a Child of Q. El. Chapel
        19. CXXVIII. To William Roe
        20. CXXXIII. On the Famous Voyage
      2. The Forest
        1. I. Why I Write Not of Love
        2. II. To Penhurst
        3. III. To Sir Robert Wroth
        4. IV. To The World: Farewell for a Gentlewoman, Virtuous and Noble
        5. V. Song: To Celia
        6. VI. To the Same
        7. VII. Song: That Women Are But Men’s Shadows
        8. VIII. To Sickness
        9. IX. Song: To Celia
        10. X. [“And must I sing? What subject shall I choose?’]
        11. XI. Epode
        12. XII. Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland
        13. XIII. Epistle to Katharine, Lady Aubigny
        14. XIV. Ode to Sir William Sydney, on His Birthday
        15. XV. To Heaven
    2. From The Works of Benjamin Jonson (1640–41)
      1. From Underwood
        1. A Hymn on the Nativity of My Saviour
        2. A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyric Pieces
          1. 1. His Excuse for Loving
          2. 2. How He Saw Her
          3. 3. What He Suffered
          4. 4. Her Triumph
          5. 5. His Discourse with Cupid
          6. 6. Claiming a Second Kiss by Desert
          7. 7. Begging Another, on Color of Mending the Former
          8. 8. Urging Her of a Promise
          9. 9. Her Man Described by Her Own Dictamen
          10. 10. Another Lady’s Exception Present at the Hearing
        3. The Musical Strife, in a Pastoral Dialogue
        4. In the Person of Womankind: A Song Apologetic
        5. Another, in Defence of Their Inconstancy: A Song
        6. A Nymph’s Passion
        7. The Hourglass
        8. My Picture Left in Scotland
        9. The Dream
        10. An Epistle to Master John Selden
        11. An Ode to Himself [“Where dost thou careless lie”]
        12. A Sonnet to the Noble Lady, the Lady Mary Wroth
        13. An Epistle Answering to One that Asked to be Sealed of the Tribe of Ben
        14. An Epigram to the Household
        15. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of that Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison
        16. Epithalamion, or a Song Celebrating the Nuptials of that Noble Gentleman, Mr. Jerome Weston, Son and Heir of Lord Weston, Lord High Treasurer of England, with the Lady Frances Stuart, Daughter of Esme Duke of Lenox, Deceased, and Sister of the Surviving Duke of the Same Name
      2. From Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (1623)
        1. To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us
      3. From Ben Jonson’s Execration Against Vulcan (1640)
        1. Ode to Himself [“Come leave the loathed stage”]
    3. Songs from the Plays and Masques
      1. From The Works (1616)
        1. “Slow, slow, fresh fount”
        2. “If I freely may discover”
        3. “Swell me a bowl with lusty wine”
        4. “Still to be neat, still to be dressed”
      2. From The Works (1640–41)
        1. “Though I am young, and cannot tell”

    RICHARD CORBETT (1582–1635)

    1. From Certain Elegant Poems (1647)
      1. A Proper New Ballad, Intituled the Fairies’ Farewell . . .
      2. An Elegy Upon the Death of His Own Father
    2. From Poetica Stromata (1648)
      1. Upon Fairford Windows
      2. The Distracted Puritan

    LADY MARY WROTH (1587–1651/53)

    1. From Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (1621)
      1. 1. [“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”]
      2. Song [“The spring now comes at last”]
      3. 16. [“Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers”]
      4. 24. [“When last I saw thee, I did not see thee”]
      5. 25. [“Like to the Indians scorched with the sun”]
      6. 26. [“When everyone to pleasing pastime hies”]
      7. 39. [“Take heed mine eyes, how your looks do cast”]
      8. 40. [“False hope, which feeds but to destroy and spill”]
      9. 68. [“My pain, still smothered in my grieved breast”]
      10. Song [“Love, a child, is ever crying”]
      11. 77. [“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”]
      12. 90. [“Except my heart, which you bestowed before”]
      13. Song [“Lovers learn to speak but truth”]
      14. 99. [“Like to huge clouds of smoke which well may hide”]
      15. 103. [“My Muse, now happy, lay thyself to rest”]
    2. From The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania (1621)
      1. Song [“Love, what art thou? A vain thought”]

    ROBERT HERRICK (1591–1674)

    1. From Hesperides (1648)
      1. The Argument of His Book
      2. When He Would Have His Verses Read
      3. To Perilla
      4. No Loathsomeness in Love
      5. Upon the Loss of His Mistress
      6. The Vine
      7. Discontents in Devon
      8. Cherry-Ripe
      9. His Request to Julia
      10. Dreams
      11. To the King, Upon His Coming with His Army into the West
      12. Delights in Disorder
      13. Dean-bourn, a Rude River in Devon, By Which Sometimes He Lived
      14. The Definition of Beauty
      15. To Anthea Lying in Bed
      16. Upon Scobble. Epigram
      17. The Hourglass
      18. His Farewell to Sack
      19. To Dianeme [“Sweet, be not proud of those two eyes”]
      20. Julia’s Petticoat
      21. Corinna’s Going A-Maying
      22. How Lilies Came White
      23. Upon Some Women
      24. The Welcome to Sack
      25. To Live Merrily, and to Trust to Good Verses
      26. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
      27. His Poetry His Pillar
      28. To the Rose. Song
      29. The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home: To the Right Honorable Mildmay, Earl of Westmorland
      30. How Roses Came Red [“Roses at first were white”]
      31. How Violets Came Blue
      32. A Nuptial Song, or Epithalamie, on Sir Clipsby Crew and His Lady
      33. Oberon’s Feast
      34. Upon a Child that Died
      35. To Daffodils
      36. Upon Master Ben Jonson: Epigram
      37. Upon Electra
      38. Upon Parson Beanes
      39. To Daisies, Not To Shut So Soon
      40. To the Right Honorable Mildmay, Earl of Westmorland
      41. To Blossoms
      42. Kissing and Bussing
      43. Art Above Nature: To Julia
      44. His Prayer to Ben Jonson
      45. The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad
      46. The Night-Piece, to Julia
      47. The Hag
      48. The Country Life, to the Honored Mr. Endymion Porter, Groom of the Bedchamber to His Majesty
      49. The Maypole
      50. His Return to London
      51. His Grange, or Private Wealth
      52. Upon Julia’s Clothes
      53. Upon Prue, His Maid
      54. Ceremonies for Christmas
      55. Poetry Perpetuates the Poet
      56. Kisses
      57. The Amber Bed
      58. Upon Love [“Love brought me to a silent grove”]
      59. Charms
      60. Another
      61. Another to Bring in the Witch
      62. Another Charm for Stables
      63. Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve
      64. Upon Ben Jonson
      65. An Ode for Him
      66. To the King, Upon His Welcome to Hampton Court
      67. On Himself
      68. Upon His Spaniel Tracy
      69. The Pillar of Fame
      70. “To his book’s end this last line he’d have placed”
    2. From His Noble Numbers (1647)
      1. His Prayer for Absolution
      2. To Find God
      3. What God Is
      4. Calling, and Correcting
      5. Upon Time
      6. To His Savior, a Child; A Present by a Child
      7. To His Conscience
      8. His Creed
      9. Another Grace for a Child
      10. The Bellman
      11. The White Island, or Place of the Blest

    GEORGE HERBERT (1593–1633)

    1. From The Temple (1633)
      1. The Altar
      2. The Sacrifice
      3. The Thanksgiving
      4. The Reprisal
      5. The Agony
      6. The Sinner
      7. Good Friday
      8. The Passion
      9. Redemption
      10. Sepulcher
      11. Easter [I]
      12. Easter [II]
      13. Easter-wings [I]
      14. Easter-wings [II]
      15. H. Baptism [I]
      16. H. Baptism [II]
      17. Sin [I]
      18. Affliction [I]
      19. Prayer [I]
      20. The H. Communion
      21. Prayer [II]
      22. Love I
      23. [Love II]
      24. The Temper [I]
      25. The Temper [II]
      26. Jordan [I]
      27. Employment [I]
      28. The H. Scriptures I
      29. [The Holy Scriptures II]
      30. Whitsunday
      31. Grace
      32. Church-Monuments
      33. Church-Music
      34. Church-Lock and Key
      35. The Windows
      36. The Quiddity
      37. Sunday
      38. Employment [III]
      39. Denial
      40. Christmas
      41. The World
      42. Vanity [I]
      43. Virtue
      44. The Pearl. Matthew 13:45
      45. Afflication [IV]
      46. Man
      47. Life
      48. Mortification
      49. Jordan [II]
      50. Obedience
      51. The British Church
      52. The Quip
      53. Dullness
      54. Sin’s Round
      55. Peace
      56. The Bunch of Grapes
      57. The Storm
      58. Paradise
      59. The Size
      60. Artillery
      61. The Pilgrimage
      62. The Bag
      63. The Collar
      64. Joseph’s Coat
      65. The Pulley
      66. The Search
      67. The Flower
      68. The Son
      69. A True Hymn
      70. Bitter-sweet
      71. Mary Magdalene
      72. Aaron
      73. The Forerunners
      74. Discipline
      75. The Banquet
      76. The Elixir
      77. A Wreath
      78. Death
      79. Doomsday
      80. Judgment
      81. Heaven
      82. Love [III]

    THOMAS CAREW (1594–1640)

    1. From Poems (1640)
      1. The Spring
      2. A Divine Mistress
      3. Song: Mediocrity in Love Rejected
      4. To My Mistress Sitting by a River’s Side: An Eddy
      5. Song: To My Inconstant Mistress
      6. Song: Persuasions to Enjoy
      7. Ingrateful Beauty Threatened
      8. Disdain Returned
      9. To My Mistress in Absence
      10. Song: Eternity of Love Protested
      11. To Saxham
      12. Upon a Ribbon
      13. A Rapture
      14. Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villiers
      15. Another [“The purest soul that e’er was sent”]
      16. Another [“This little vault, this narrow room”]
      17. To Ben Jonson: Upon Occasion of His Ode of Defiance Annexed to His Play of The New Inn
      18. An Elegy upon the Death of Dr. Donne, Dean of Paul’s
      19. In Answer to an Elegiacal Letter, upon the Death of the King of Sweden, from Aurelian Townshend, Inviting Me to Write on that Subject
      20. To a Lady that Desired I Would Love Her
      21. To My Friend G.N., from Wrest
      22. A Song [“Ask me no more where Jove bestows”]

    JAMES SHIRLEY (1596–1666)

    1. From Poems (1646)
      1. Cupid’s Call
      2. To Odelia
      3. Love for Enjoying
      4. To the Excellent Pattern of Beauty and Virtue, Lady Elizabeth, Countess of Ormonde
      5. To a Lady upon a Looking-Glass Sent
      6. Two Gentlemen That Broke Their Promise of a Meeting, Made When They Drank Claret
      7. The Garden
    2. From The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses for the Armor of Achilles (1659)

    MILDMAY FANE (1660–1666)

    1. From Otia Sacra (1648)
      1. My Country Audit
      2. My Observation at Sea
      3. A Dedication to My First Son
      4. Upon the Times
      5. My Close-Committee
      6. In Praise of Fidelia
      7. To Retiredness

    THOMAS RANDOLPH (1605–1635)

    1. From Poems, with the Muses’ Looking-Glass and Amyntas (1638)
      1. A Gratulatory to Mr. Ben Jonson for His Adopting of Him To Be His Son
      2. Upon the Loss of His Little Finger
      3. An Elegy
      4. An Ode to Mr. Anthony Stafford to Hasten Him into the Country
      5. On the Death of a Nightingale
      6. A Mask for Lydia
      7. Upon Love Fondly Refused for Conscience’s Sake

    WILLIAM HABINGTON (1605–1654)

    1. From Castara (1640)
      1. To Roses in the Bosom of Castara
      2. To Castara [“Do not their profane orgies hear”]
      3. To a Wanton
      4. To the World. The Perfection of Love
      5. To a Friend, Inviting Him to a Meeting upon a Promise
      6. To Castara, upon Beauty
      7. Against Them Who Lay Unchastity to the Sex of Women
      8. To Castara, upon an Embrace
      9. Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam. David

    EDMUND WALLER (1606–1687)

    1. From Poems (1686)
      1. To the King, on His Navy
      2. The Story of Phoebus and Daphne Applied
      3. Upon Ben Jonson
      4. At Penshurst
      5. The Battle of the Summer Islands
      6. On a Girdle
      7. Song [“Go, lovely rose!”]
      8. On St. Jame’s Park, As Lately Improved by His Majesty
      9. On English Verse
      10. Of the Last Verse in the Book

    JOHN MILTON (1608–1674)

    1. From Poems (1645)
      1. On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity
      2. On Time
      3. On Shakespeare
      4. L’Allegro
      5. Il Peneroso
      6. Sonnet 7 [“How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth”]
      7. Sonnet 8 [“Captain or colonel, or knight in arms”]
      8. Sonnet 9 [“Lady that in the prime of earliest youth”]
      9. Lycidas
    2. From Poems (1673)
      1. Sonnet 12 [“I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs”]
      2. Sonnet 13: To Mr. H. Lawes, on his Airs
      3. Sonnet 16: To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652
      4. Sonnet 18: On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
      5. Sonnet 19: [“When I consider how my light is spent”]
      6. Sonnet 20: [“Lawrence of virtuous father virtuous son”]
      7. Sonnet 23: [“Methought I saw my late espoused saint”]

    SIR JOHN SUCKLING (1609–1641)

    1. From Fragmenta Aurea (1646)
      1. Loving and Beloved
      2. A Session of the Poets
      3. Sonnet I
      4. Sonnet II
      5. Sonnet III
      6. Against Fruition [I]
      7. Upon My Lady Carlisle’s Walking in Hampton Court Garden
      8. “That none beguiled be by time’s quick flowing”
      9. Against Fruition [II]
      10. A Ballad upon a Wedding
      11. “My dearest rival, lest our love”
      12. Song [“Why so pale and wan, fond lover?”]
    2. From The Last Remains of Sir John Suckling (1659)
      1. “Out upon it! I have loved”
      2. A Song to a Lute

    WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT (1611–1643)

    1. From Comedies, Tragi-comedies, With Other Poems (1651)
      1. To Mr. W. B., at the Birth of His First Child
      2. To Chloe, Who Wished Herself Young Enough For Me
      3. A Valediction
      4. No Platonic Love

    JAMES GRAHAM (1612–1650)

    1. From A Choice Collection of Comic and Serious Scots Poems (1711)
      1. “My dear and only love, I pray”

    ANNE BRADSTREET (1612–1650)

    1. From The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America (1650)
      1. The Prologue
      2. A Dialogue between Old England and New

    RICHARD CRASHAW (1612/13–1649)

    1. From Steps to the Temple (1646)
      1. Upon the Infant Martyrs
      2. Upon the Ass That Bore Our Savior
      3. Upon Lazarus His Tears
      4. On the Wounds of Our Crucified Lord
      5. On Mr. G. Herbert’s book
    2. From Delights of the Muses (1646)
      1. Music’s Duel
    3. From Carmen Deo Nostro (1652)
      1. In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God: A Hymn Sung as by the Shepherds
        1. Saint Mary Magdalene or The Weeper
      2. A Hymn to the Name and Honor of the Admirable Saint Teresa
      3. The Flaming Heart
      4. To the Noblest and Best of Ladies, The Countess of Denbigh

    SIR JOHN DENHAM (1615–1669)

    1. From Poems and Translations (1668)
      1. Cooper’s Hill

    RICHARD LOVELACE (1618–1657/8)

    1. From Lucasta (1649)
      1. To Lucasta. Going Beyond the Seas. Song. Set by Mr. Henry Lawes
      2. To Lucasta. Going to the Wars. Song. Set by Mr. John Lanière
      3. To Amarantha, That She Would Dishevel Her Hair. Song. Set by Mr. Henry Lawes
      4. Gratiana Dancing and Singing
      5. The Scrutiny. Song. Set by Mr. Thomas Charles
      6. The Grasshopper. Ode. To My Noble Friend, Mr. Charles Cotton
      7. The Vintage to the Dungeon. A Song. Set by Mr. William Lawes
      8. To Lucasta. From Prison. An Epode
      9. To Althea. From Prison. Song. Set by Dr. John Wilson
      10. La Bella Bona Roba
      11. The Fair Beggar
    2. From Lucasta. Posthume Poems (1659)
      1. The Snail
      2. A Loose Saraband
      3. Love Made in the First Age. To Chloris
      4. A Mock-Song
      5. A Fly Caught in a Cobweb
      6. Advice To My Best Brother, Colonel Francis Lovelace

    ABRAHAM COWLEY (1618–1667)

    1. From The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley (1668)
      1. From Miscellanies
        1. The Motto
        2. Ode. Of Wit
        3. On the Death of Mr. William Hervey
        4. On the Death of Mr. Crashaw
      2. From Anacreontics: Or, Some Copies of Verses Translated
        1. Periphrastically out of Anacreon
        2. I. Love
        3. VIII. The Epicure
        4. X. The Grasshopper
      3. From The Mistress
        1. The Spring
        2. Platonic Love
        3. Against Fruition
      4. From Pindaric Odes
        1. To Mr. Hobbes
      5. From Verses Written On Several Occasions
        1. Ode. Upon Dr. Harvey

    ANDREW MARVELL (1621–1678)

    1. From Miscellaneous Poems (1681)
      1. A Dialogue Between the Resolved Soul and Created Pleasure
      2. The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn
      3. To His Coy Mistress
      4. The Definition of Love
      5. The Picture of Little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers
      6. The Mower Against Gardens
      7. Damon the Mower
      8. The Mower to the Glowworms
      9. The Mower’s Song
      10. Music’s Empire
      11. The Garden
      12. An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland
      13. Upon Appleton House

    HENRY VAUGHAN (1621/2–1695)

    1. From Poems, With the Tenth Satire of Juvenal Englished (1646)
      1. To My Ingenuous Friend, R.W.
      2. To Amoret, of the Difference ‘Twixt Him and Other Lovers, and What True Love Is
    2. From Silex Scintillans, Part I (1650)
      1. Regeneration
      2. The Search
      3. The Shower
      4. Distraction
      5. The Pursuit
      6. Vanity of Spirit
      7. The Retreat
      8. The Morning Watch
      9. Peace
      10. [And do they so? Have they a sense]
      11. Corruption
      12. The World
      13. Man
      14. [I walked the other day . . . ]
    3. From Silex Scintillans, Part II (1655)
      1. [They are all gone into the world of light!]
      2. Cock-crowing
      3. The Bird
      4. The Timber
      5. The Dwelling Place
      6. The Night
      7. Quickness
      8. The Book


    1. From Poems and Fancies (1664)
      1. The Poetress’s Hasty Resolution
      2. The Poetress’s Petition
      3. An Apology for Writing so much upon this Book
      4. A World Made by Atoms
      5. What Atoms Made and Palsy, or Apoplexy
      6. In All Other Disases Atoms are Mixed, taking Parts and Factions
      7. All Things are Governed by Atoms
      8. A War Betwixt Atoms
      9. Atoms and Motion Fall Out
      10. Agreement of Some Kind of Motion with Some Kind of Atoms
      11. Motion Directs While Atoms Dance
      12. In Infinite Worlds, There Must be Infinite Centers
      13. Of Infinite Matter
      14. Of the Motion of the Blood
      15. Of Many Worlds in this World
      16. The Hunting of the Hare
      17. A Description of an Island
      18. The Ruin of this Island
      19. Upon the Funeral of My Dear Brother, Killed in these Unhappy Wars

    THOMAS STANLEY (1625–1678)

    1. From Poems (1651)
      1. The Glowworm
      2. Changed, Yet Constant
      3. Celia Singing
      4. Love’s Innocence
      5. La Belle Confidente
      6. The Bracelet
    2. From Poems and Translations (1647)
      1. Expectation

    JOHN DRYDEN (1631–1700)

    1. From Three Poems Upon the Death of His Highness Oliver Lord Protector (1659)
      1. Heroic Stanzas
    2. Astraea Redux (1660)
    3. From Chorea Gigantum (1662)
      1. To My Honored Friend, Dr. Charleton

    KATHERINE PHILIPS (1632–1664)

    1. From Poems (1667)
      1. Upon the Double Murder of King Charles I
      2. Arion on a Dolphin, To His Majesty at his Passage into England
      3. On the Third of September, 1651
      4. Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia
      5. A Retired Friendship, To Ardelia
      6. To the Excellent Mrs. Anne Owen
      7. To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship
      8. To Mrs. M. A. at Parting
      9. A Country Life
      10. Epitaph. On Her Son H.P. at St. Sith’s Church
      11. Against Love
      12. An Answer to Another Persuading a Lady To Marriage

    THOMAS TRAHERNE (1637/8–1674)

    1. From the Dobell Folio
      1. The Salutation
      2. Wonder
      3. Eden
      4. The Rapture
      5. My Spirit
      6. Love
    2. From The Third Century
      1. On News
    3. From the Burney Manuscript
      1. The Return
      2. Shadows In the Water
      3. On Leaping Over the Moon



    1. Ben Jonson – From Timber, or Discoveries
    2. [Poets and “Wits”]
    3. [Knowledge and Ignorance]
    4. [Language and Learning]
    5. [Poets and Poetry]
    6. Ben Jonson – From Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden
    7. Edward Hyde, Earl of Claredon – From The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendon
    8. John Dryden – [Observations on Jonson’s Art]
    9. [Donne “Affects the Metaphysics”]
    10. John Aubrey – Brief Lives
    11. George Herbert
    12. Ben Jonson
    13. Richard Lovelace
    14. Andrew Marvell
    15. John Milton
    16. Katherine Philips
    17. Sir John Suckling
    18. Henry and Thomas Vaughan
    19. Edmund Waller
    20. Samuel Johnson – From Lives of the English Poets
      1. [Waller]
      2. [Denham]
      3. [Cowley]
      4. [Dryden]


    1. Lawrence Babb – The Physiology and Psychology of the Renaissance
    2. T. S. Eliot – The Metaphysical Poets
    3. William Empson – Donne the Space Man
    4. Janel Mueller – Women among the Metaphysicals: A Case, Mostly, of Being Donne for Earl Miner – [The Cavalier Idea of the Good Life]
    5. Raymond Williams – [Pastoral and Counter-Pastoral]
    6. Ann Baynes Coiro – Writing in Service: Sexual Politics and Class Position in the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and Ben Jonson
    7. Gordon Braden – Beyond Frustration: Petrarchan Laurels in the Seventeenth-Century
    8. William Kerrigan – Kiss Fancies in Robert Herrick
    9. Gerald Hammond – Caught in the Web of Dreams
    10. Aldous Huxley – [The Inner Weather]
    11. W. H. Auden – [Anglican George Herbert]
    12. Joseph H. Summers – The Poem as Hieroglyph
    13. Michael Schoenfeldt – “That spectacle of too much weight”: The Poetics of Sacrifice in Donne, Herbert, and Milton
    14. Eavan Boland – Finding Anne Bradstreet
    15. William Empson – Marvell’s Garden
    16. Joseph H. Summers – Marvell’s “Nature”
    17. Leah Marcus – Children of Light: Vaughan and Traherne
    18. William Kerrigan – Transformations of Friendship in the Work of Katherine Philips

    Selected Bibliography