Title The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 10/e
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Author Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN 9780393603125
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The most trusted anthology for complete works and helpful editorial apparatus. The Tenth Edition supports survey and period courses with NEW complete major works, NEW contemporary writers, and dynamic and easy-to-access digital resources. NEW video modules help introduce students to literature in multiple exciting ways. These innovations make the Norton an even better teaching tool for instructors and, as ever, an unmatched value for students.












BEDE (ca. 673–735) AND CÆDMON’S HYMN • An Ecclesiastical History of the English People • [The Story of Cædmon]











The Scholar and His Cat • The Scribe in the Woods • The Lord of Creation • My Hand Is Weary with Writing



Geoffrey of Monmouth: From The History of the Kings of Britain • Wace: From Roman de Brut • Layamon: From Brut



THOMAS OF ENGLAND • Le Roman de Tristran • [The Deaths of Tristran and Ysolt]



ANCRENE WISSE (GUIDE FOR ANCHORESSES) • [The Sweetness and Pains of Enclosure]



MARIE DE FRANCE • Milun • Lanval • Chevrefoil






GEOFFREY CHAUCER (ca. 1340–1400) • The Canterbury Tales • The General Prologue • Summary: The Knight’s Tale • The Miller’s Prologue and Tale • The Prologue • The Tale • The Man of Law’s Epilogue • The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale • The Prologue • The Tale • The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale • The Introduction • The Prologue • The Tale • The Epilogue • The Nun’s Priest’s Tale • Close of The Canterbury Tales • The Parson’s Tale • The Introduction • Chaucer’s Retraction • Lyrics and Occasional Verse • Troilus’s Song • Truth • To His Scribe Adam • Complaint to His Purse


JOHN GOWER (ca. 1330–1408) • The Lover’s Confession • The Tale of Philomene and Tereus

THOMAS HOCCLEVE (ca. 1367–1426) • My Complaint

WILLIAM LANGLAND (ca. 1330–1388) • The Vision of Piers Plowman • The Prologue • [The Field of Folk] • Passus 1 • [The Treasure of Truth] • Passus 5 • [Piers Plowman Shows the Way to Saint Truth] • Passus 6 • [The Plowing of Piers’s Half-Acre] • Passus 7 • [Piers Tears Truth’s Pardon] • The C-Text •
[The Dreamer Meets Conscience and Reason]



WILLIAM LANGLAND • The Vision of Piers Plowman • Passus 18 • [The Crucifixion and Harrowing of Hell]

MIDDLE ENGLISH INCARNATION AND CRUCIFIXION LYRICS • What is he, this lordling, that cometh from the fight • Ye That Pasen by the Weye • Sunset on Calvary • I Sing of a Maiden • Adam Lay Bound • The Corpus Christi Carol

JULIAN OF NORWICH • A Book of Showings to the Anchoress Julian of Norwich • Chapter 3 [Julian’s Bodily Sickness and the Wounds of Christ] •
Chapter 4 [Christ’s Passion and Incarnation] • Chapter 5 [All Creation as a Hazelnut] • Chapter 7 [Christ as Homely and Courteous] • Chapter 27 [Sin Is Fitting] • Chapters 58, 59, 60, 61 [Jesus as Mother] • Chapter 86 [Christ’s Meaning]

MARGERY KEMPE • The Book of Margery Kempe • Book 1.1 [The Birth of Her First Child and Her First Vision] • Book 1.11 [Margery and Her Husband Reach a Settlement] • Book 1.20 [Margery Sees the Host Flutter at Mass] • Book 1.28 [Pilgrimage to Jerusalem] • Book 1.35–36 [Margery’s Marriage to and Intimacy with Christ] • Book 1.60 [Margery’s Reaction to a Pietà] • Book 1.76 [Margery Nurses Her Husband in His Old Age] • Book 1.79 [Margery’s Vision of the Passion Sequence]


MYSTERY PLAYS • The Wakefield Second Shepherds’ Play


Marie de France: Bisclavret • Geoffrey Chaucer: Parliament of Birds • Robert Henryson: The Preaching of the Swallow

MIDDLE ENGLISH LYRICS • The Cuckoo Song • Foweles in the Frith • Alison • My Lief Is Faren in Londe • Western Wind • I Am of Ireland

SIR THOMAS MALORY (ca. 1415–1471) • Morte Darthur • [The Conspiracy against Lancelot and Guinevere] • [War Breaks Out between Arthur and Lancelot] • [The Death of Arthur] • [The Deaths of Lancelot and Guinevere]

ROBERT HENRYSON (ca. 1425–ca. 1490) • The Cock and the Jasper

EVERYMAN (after 1485)


APPENDIXES • General Bibliography • Literary Terminology • Geographic Nomenclature • British Money • The British Baronage • The Royal Lines of England and Great Britain • Religions in England • Illustration: The Universe According to Ptolemy













JOHN SKELTON (ca. 1460–1529) • Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale • With lullay, lullay, like a child • The Tunning of Elinour Rumming • Secundus Passus

SIR THOMAS MORE (1478–1535) • Utopia • Thomas More to Peter Giles • Book I • Book II • Thomas More to His Friend Peter Giles

SIR THOMAS WYATT THE ELDER (1503–1542) • The long love that in my thought doth harbor • Petrarch, Rima • Whoso list to hunt • Petrarch, Rima • Farewell, Love • I find no peace • Petrarch, Rima • My galley • Petrarch, Rima • Divers doth use • What vaileth truth? • Madam, withouten many words • They flee from me • The Lover Showeth How He Is Forsaken of Such as He Sometime Enjoyed • My lute, awake! • Forget not yet • Blame not my lute • Stand whoso list • Who list his wealth and ease retain • Mine own John Poins

HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY (1517–1547) • The soote season • Petrarch, Rima • Love, that doth reign and live within my thought • Alas! so all things now do hold their peace • Petrarch, Rima • Th’Assyrians’ king, in peace with foul desire • So cruel prison how could betide • Wyatt resteth here, that quick could never rest • O happy dames, that may embrace • Martial, the things for to attain • The Fourth Book of Virgil • [Dido in Love]


THE ENGLISH BIBLE: 1 Corinthians 13 • From Tyndale’s Translation • From The Geneva Bible • From The Douay-Rheims Version • From The Authorized (King James) Version

WILLIAM TYNDALE: The Obedience of a Christian Man • [The Forgiveness of Sins] • [Scriptural Interpretation]

THOMAS MORE: A Dialogue Concerning Heresies • From Book 1, Chapter 28

JOHN CALVIN: The Institution of Christian Religion • From Book 3, Chapter 21

ANNE ASKEW: From The First Examination of Anne Askew

JOHN FOXE: Acts and Monuments • [The Death of Anne Askew]

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER: From The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony

BOOK OF HOMILIES: From An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion

RICHARD HOOKER: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity • Book 1, Chapter 3 [On the Several Kinds of Law, and on the Natural Law]


ROGER ASCHAM (1515–1568) • The Schoolmaster • The First Book for the Youth • [Teaching Latin] • [The Italianate Englishman]

SIR THOMAS HOBY (1530–1566) • Castiglione’s The Courtier • Book 1, Sections 25–26 • [Grace] • Book 4, Sections 49–73 • [The Ladder of Love]


MARY I (MARY TUDOR) • Letter to Henry VIII • From An Ambassadorial Dispatch to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V: The Coronation of Mary I • The Oration of Queen Mary in the Guildhall, on the First of February, 1554

LADY JANE GREY • Roger Ascham’s Schoolmaster • [A Talk with Lady Jane] • From A Letter of the Lady Jane to M. H., late chaplain to the duke of Suffolk her father • A Letter of the Lady Jane, Sent unto Her Father • A Prayer of the Lady Jane • A Second Letter to Her Father • Foxe’s Acts and Monuments • The Words and Behavior of the Lady Jane upon the Scaffold

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS • From Casket Letter Number 2 • A Letter to Elizabeth I, May 17, 1568 • From Narrative of the Execution of the Queen of Scots

ELIZABETH I • Verses Written with a Diamond • From The Passage of Our Most Dread Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth through the City of London to Westminster on the Day before Her Coronation • Speech to the House of Commons, January 28, 1563 • From A Speech to a Joint Delegation of Lords and Commons, November 5, 1566 • From A Letter to Mary, Queen of Scots, February 24, 1567 • The doubt of future foes • On Monsieur’s Departure • A Letter to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, February 10, 1586 • A Letter to Sir Amyas Paulet, August 1586 • A Letter to King James VI of Scotland, February 14, 1587 • Verse Exchange between Elizabeth and Sir Walter Ralegh • Speech to the Troops at Tilbury • The “Golden Speech”

EDMUND SPENSER (1552?–1599) • The Shepheardes Calender • To His Booke • October • The Faerie Queene • A Letter of the Authors • Book 1 • Book 2 • Summary • Canto 12 • [The Bower of Bliss] • Book 3 • Summary • Canto 6 • [The Garden of Adonis] • Cantos 7–10 Summary • Canto 11 • Canto 12 • Mutabilitie Cantos • Amoretti and Epithalamion • Amoretti • 1 (“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands”) • 34 (“Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde”) • 37 (“What guyle is this, that those her golden tresses”) • 54 (“Of this worlds Theatre in which we stay”) • 64 (“Coming to kisse her lyps [such grace I found])” • 65 (“The doubt which ye misdeeme, fayre love, is vaine”) • 67 (“Lyke as a huntsman after weary chace”) • 68 (“Most glorious Lord of Lyfe, that on this day”) • 74 (“Most happy letters fram’d by skilfull trade”) • 75 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”) • 79 (“Men call you fayre, and you doe credit it”) • Epithalamion


RICHARD TOTTEL: Songs and Sonnets • The Printer to the Reader

ANNE VAUGHAN LOCKE: A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner • 4 (“Have mercy, Lord, have mercy”)

GEORGE GASCOIGNE • And if I did, what then? • The Lullaby of a Lover • Woodmanship

FULKE GREVILLE: Caelica • 69 (“When all this All doth pass from age to age”) • 82 (“You that seek what life is in death”) • 100 (“In night when colors all to black are cast”)

THOMAS LODGE • Pluck the fruit and taste the pleasure • Phyllis 35 (“I hope and fear, I pray and hold my peace”)

HENRY CONSTABLE: Diana • 4.1 (“Needs must I leave, and yet needs must I love”) • 6.2 (“To live in hell, and heaven to behold”)

SAMUEL DANIEL: Delia • 9 (“If this be love, to draw a weary breath”) • 32 (“But love whilst that thou may’st be loved again”) • 33 (“When men shall find thy flower, thy glory, pass”)

MICHAEL DRAYTON: Idea • To the Reader of These Sonnets • 5 (“Nothing but ‘No’ and ‘I’ and ‘I’ and ‘No’?”) • 6 (“How many paltry, foolish, painted things”) • 8 (“There’s nothing grieves me, but that age should haste”) • 50 (“As in some countries far remote from hence”) • 61 (“Since there’s no help, come, let us kiss and part”)

JOHN DAVIES OF HEREFORD: The Scourge of Folly • “If there were (oh!) an Hellespont of cream”

THOMAS CAMPION • My sweetest Lesbia • I care not for these ladies • When to her lute Corinna sings • When thou must home to shades of underground • Jack and Joan, they think no ill • Now winter nights enlarge • Never love unless you can • There is a garden in her face

SIR WALTER RALEGH (1552–1618) • The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd • What is our life? • [Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son] • The Lie • Farewell, false love • Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay • Nature, that washed her hands in milk • [The Author’s Epitaph, Made by Himself] • From The discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful Empire of Guiana • The History of the World • [Conclusion: On Death]

JOHN LYLY (1554–1606) • Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit • [Euphues Introduced]

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY (1554–1586) • The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia • Book 2, Chapter 1 • The Defense of Poesy • Astrophil and Stella • 1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”) • 2 (“Not at first sight, nor with a dribbèd shot”) • 5 (“It is most true that eyes are formed to serve”) • 6 (“Some lovers speak, when they their muses entertain”) • 7 (“When Nature made her chief work, Stella’s eyes”) • 9 (“Queen Virtue’s court, which some call Stella’s face”) • 10 (“Reason, in faith thou art well served”) • 15 (“You that do search for every purling spring”) • 16 (“In nature apt to like when I did see”) • 18 (“With what sharp checks I in myself am shent”) • 20 (“Fly, fly, my friends, I have my death-wound, fly”) • 21 (“Your words, my friend [right healthful caustics], blame”) • 27 (“Because I oft, in dark abstracted guise”) • 28 (“You that with allegory’s curious frame”) • 31 (“With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb’st the skies”) • 33 (“I might [unhappy word], O me, I might”) • 34 (“Come, let me write. ‘And to what end?’”) • 37 (“My mouth doth water, and my breast doth swell”) • 39 (“Come, Sleep, O Sleep, the certain knot of peace”) • 41 (“Having this day my horse, my hand, my lance”) • 45 (“Stella oft sees the very face of woe”) • 47 (“What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?”) • 49 (“I on my horse, and Love on me doth try”) • 52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love”) •
53 (“In martial sports I had my cunning tried”) • 54 (“Because I breathe not love to every one”) • 56 (“Fie, school of Patience, fie, your lesson is”) • 61 (“Oft with true sighs, oft with uncallèd tears”) • 69 (“O joy, too high for my low style to show”) • 71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know”) • 72 (“Desire, though thou my old companion art”) • 74 (“I never drank of Aganippe well”) • 81 (“O kiss, which dost those ruddy gems impart”) • Fourth Song (“Only joy, now here you are”) • 87 (“When I was forced from Stella ever dear”) • 89 (“Now that of absence the most irksome night”) • 91 (“Stella, while now by Honor’s cruel might”) • 94 (“Grief, find the words; for thou hast made my brain”) • Eleventh Song (“Who is it that this dark night”) • 106 (“O absent presence, Stella is not here”) • 108 (“When Sorrow [using mine own fire’s might]”)

MARY (SIDNEY) HERBERT, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE (1562–1621) • Psalm 52 • Psalm 119: O • Psalm 139


Hakluyt’s Dedicatory Epistle to The Principal Navigations, 1589 • Leo Africanus on the North Africans, 1526 • An English Traveler’s Guide to the North Africans, 1547 • A Voyage to Equatorial Africa, 1554 • A Voyage to the Arctic, 1577, with Reflections on Racial Difference • Witherington and Lister’s Voyage to West Africa and South America, 1586–87 • Amadas and Barlowe’s Voyage to Virginia, 1584 • Hariot’s Report on Virginia, 1585 • A Gift for the Sultan, 1599 • The General History of the Turks, 1603

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE (1564–1593) • Hero and Leander • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love • Doctor Faustus • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus • The Two Texts of Doctor Faustus

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564–1616) • Sonnets • 1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”) • 3 (“Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest”) • 12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”) • 15 (“When I consider every thing that grows”) • 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) • 19 (“Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws”) • 20 (“A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted”) • 23 (“As an unperfect actor on the stage”) • 29 (“When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes”) • 30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”) • 33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”) • 35 (“No more be grieved at that which thou hast done”) • 55 (“Not marble nor the gilded monuments”) • 60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”) • 62 (“Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye”) • 65 (“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”) • 71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”) • 73 (“That time of year thou may’st in me behold”) • 74 (“But be contented; when that fell arrest”) • 80 (“O, how I faint when I of you do write”) • 85 (“My tongue-tied muse in manners holds her still”) • 87 (“Farewell: thou art too dear for my possessing”) • 93 (“So shall I live supposing thou art true”) • 94 (“They that have power to hurt and will do none”) • 97 (“How like a winter hath my absence been”) • 98 (“From you have I been absent in the spring”) • 105 (“Let not my love be called idolatry”) • 106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”) • 107 (“Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul”) • 110 (“Alas, ’tis true I have gone here and there”) • 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”) • 126 (“O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power”) • 127 (“In the old age black was not counted fair”) • 128 (“How oft when thou, my music, music play’st”) • 129 (“Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame”) • 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”) • 135 (“Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will”) • 138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”) • 144 (“Two loves I have of comfort and despair”) • 146 (“Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth”) • 147 (“My love is as a fever, longing still”) • 152 (“In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn”) • Twelfth Night • Othello




JOHN DONNE (1572–1631) • Songs and Sonnets • The Flea • The Good-Morrow • Song (“Go and catch a falling star”) • The Undertaking • The Sun Rising • The Indifferent • The Canonization • Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”) • Air and Angels • Break of Day • A Valediction: Of Weeping • Love’s Alchemy • A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day • The Bait • The Apparition • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning • The Ecstasy • The Funeral • The Blossom • The Relic • A Lecture upon the Shadow • Elegy 16. On His Mistress • Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed • Satire 3 • Sappho to Philaenis • An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary • Holy Sonnets • 1 (“Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?”) • 5 (“I am a little world made cunningly”) • 7 (“At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow”) • 9 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree”) • 10 (“Death, be not proud, though some have callèd thee”) • 11 (“Spit in my face ye Jews, and pierce my side”) • 13 (“What if this present were the world’s last night?”) • 14 (“Batter my heart, three-personed God; for you”) • 17 (“Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt”) • 18 (“Show me, dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear”) • 19 (“Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one”) • Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward • A Hymn to Christ, at the Author’s Last Going into Germany • Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness • A Hymn to God the Father • Devotions upon Emergent Occasions • Meditation 4 • Meditation 17 • From Expostulation 19 • From Death’s Duel

IZAAK WALTON (1593–1683) • The Life of Dr. John Donne • [Donne on His Deathbed]

AEMILIA LANYER (1569–1645) • Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum • To the Doubtful Reader • To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty • To the Virtuous Reader • Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women • The Description of Cookham

BEN JONSON (1572–1637) • Volpone, or The Fox • Epigrams • To My Book • On Something, That Walks Somewhere • To William Camden • On My First Daughter • To John Donne • On Giles and Joan • On My First Son • On Lucy, Countess of Bedford • To Lucy, Countess of Bedford, with Mr. Donne’s Satires • To Sir Thomas Roe • Inviting a Friend to Supper • On Gut • Epitaph on S. P., a Child of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel • The Forest • To Penshurst • Song: To Celia • To Heaven • Underwood • From A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyric Pieces • 4. Her Triumph • A Sonnet, to the Noble Lady, the Lady Mary Wroth • My Picture Left in Scotland • To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison • Queen and Huntress •
To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare • Ode to Himself

MARY WROTH (1587–1651?) • The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania • From The First Book • Song (“Love what art thou? A vain thought”) • Pamphilia to Amphilanthus • 1 (“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”) • 16 (“Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers”) • 25 (“Like to the Indians scorched with the sun”) • 28 Song (“Sweetest love, return again”) • 39 (“Take heed mine eyes, how you your looks do cast”) • 40 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill”) • 64 (“Love like a juggler comes to play his prize”) • 68 (“My pain, still smothered in my grievèd breast”) • 74 Song (“Love a child is ever crying”) • From A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love • 77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”) • 103 (“My muse now happy, lay thyself to rest”)

JOHN WEBSTER (1580?–1625?) • The Duchess of Malfi


JOSEPH SWETNAM: From The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward and Unconstant Women

RACHEL SPEGHT: From A Muzzle for Melastomus

WILLIAM GOUGE: From Of Domestical Duties


SIR FRANCIS BACON • Essays • Of Truth • Of Marriage and Single Life • Of Great Place • Of Superstition • Of Plantations • Of Negotiating • Of Masques and Triumphs • Of Studies [1597 version] • Of Studies [1625 version] • The Advancement of Learning • [The Abuses of Language] • From Novum Organum • The New Atlantis • [Solomon’s House] • WILLIAM HARVEY: From Anatomical Exercises . . . Concerning the Motion of the Heart and Blood

ROBERT BURTON • The Anatomy of Melancholy • From Love Melancholy

SIR THOMAS BROWNE • Religio Medici • From Part 1 • From Part 2

GEORGE HERBERT (1593–1633) • The Temple • The Altar • Redemption • Easter • Easter Wings • Affliction (1) • Prayer (1) • Jordan (1) • Church Monuments • The Windows • Denial • Virtue • Man • Jordan (2) • Time • The Bunch of Grapes • The Pilgrimage • The Holdfast • The Collar • The Pulley • The Flower • The Forerunners • Discipline • Death • Love (3)

HENRY VAUGHAN (1621–1695) • Poems • A Song to Amoret • Silex Scintillans • Regeneration • The Retreat • Silence, and Stealth of Days! • Corruption • Unprofitableness • The World • They Are All Gone into the World of Light! • Cock-Crowing • The Night • The Waterfall

RICHARD CRASHAW (ca. 1613–1649) • The Delights of the Muses • Music’s Duel • Steps to the Temple • To the Infant Martyrs • I Am the Door • On the Wounds of Our Crucified Lord • Luke 11.[27] • Carmen Deo Nostro • In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God: A Hymn Sung as by the Shepherds • To the Noblest & best of Ladies, the Countess of Denbigh • The Flaming Heart

ROBERT HERRICK (1591–1674) • Hesperides • The Argument of His Book • Upon the Loss of His Mistresses • The Vine • Dreams • Delight in Disorder • His Farewell to Sack • Corinna’s Going A-Maying • To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time • The Hock Cart, or Harvest Home • How Roses Came Red • Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast • Upon Jack and Jill. Epigram • To Marigolds • His Prayer to Ben Jonson • The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad • The Night-Piece, to Julia • Upon His Verses • His Return to London • Upon Julia’s Clothes • Upon Prue, His Maid • To His Book’s End • Noble Numbers • To His Conscience • Another Grace for a Child

THOMAS CAREW (1595–1640) • An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul’s, Dr. John Donne • To Ben Jonson • A Song (“Ask me no more where Jove bestows”) • To Saxham • A Rapture

RICHARD LOVELACE (1618–1657) • Lucasta • To Lucasta, Going to the Wars • The Grasshopper • To Althea, from Prison • Love Made in the First Age. To Chloris

KATHERINE PHILIPS (1632–1664) • A Married State • Upon the Double Murder of King Charles • Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia • To Mrs. M. A. at Parting • On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips

ANDREW MARVELL (1621–1678) • The Coronet • Bermudas • A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body • The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn • To His Coy Mistress • The Definition of Love • The Picture of Little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers • The Mower Against Gardens • Damon the Mower • The Mower to the Glowworms • The Mower’s Song • The Garden • An Horatian Ode • Upon Appleton House



REPORTING THE NEWS • The Moderate, No. 28 • [The Trial of King Charles I, the first day] • A Perfect Diurnal of Some Passages in Parliament, No. 288 • [The Execution of Charles I]


ROBERT FILMER: From Patriarcha

JOHN MILTON: From The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

GERRARD WINSTANLEY: From A New Year’s Gift Sent to the Parliament and Army

THOMAS HOBBES: From Leviathan


LUCY HUTCHINSON: Memoirs of the Life of Colonel John Hutchinson • [Charles I and Henrietta Maria]

EDWARD HYDE, EARL OF CLARENDON: The History of the Rebellion • [The Character of Oliver Cromwell]

LADY ANNE HALKETT: The Memoirs • [Springing the Duke]

DOROTHY WAUGH: From A Relation Concerning Dorothy Waugh’s Cruel Usage by the Mayor of Carlisle

THOMAS TRAHERNE (1637–1674) • Centuries of Meditation • From The Third Century • Wonder • On Leaping over the Moon

MARGARET CAVENDISH (1623–1673) • Poems and Fancies • The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution • The Hunting of the Hare • From A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life • From The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World

JOHN MILTON (1608–1674) • Poems • On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity • On Shakespeare • L’Allegro • Il Penseroso • Lycidas • The Reason of Church Government Urged Against Prelaty • [Plans and Projects] • From Areopagitica • Sonnets • How Soon Hath Time • On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament • To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652 • When I Consider How My Light Is Spent • On the Late Massacre in Piedmont • Methought I Saw My Late Espousèd Saint • Paradise Lost • Samson Agonistes

APPENDIXES • General Bibliography • Literary Terminology • Geographic Nomenclature • British Money • The British Baronage • The Royal Lines of England and Great Britain • Religions in Great Britain • Illustration: The Universe According to Ptolemy • Illustration: A London Playhouse of Shakespeare’s Time










JOHN DRYDEN (1631–1700) • Annus Mirabilis • [London Reborn] • Song from Marriage à la Mode • Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem • Mac Flecknoe • To the Memory of Mr. Oldham • A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day • Epigram on Milton • Alexander’s Feast • Criticism • An Essay of Dramatic Poesy • [Two Sorts of Bad Poetry] • [The Wit of the Ancients: The Universal] • [Shakespeare and Ben Jonson Compared] • The Author’s Apology for Heroic Poetry and Heroic License • [“Boldness” of Figures and Tropes Defended: The Appeal to “Nature”] • [Wit as “Propriety”] • A Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire • [The Art of Satire] • The Preface to Fables Ancient and Modern • [In Praise of Chaucer]

SAMUEL PEPYS (1633–1703) • The Diary • [The Great Fire] • [The Deb Willet Affair]

JOHN BUNYAN (1628–1688) • The Pilgrim’s Progress • [Christian Sets out for the Celestial City] • [The Slough of Despond] • [Vanity Fair] • [The River of Death and the Celestial City]

JOHN LOCKE (1632–1704) • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding • From The Epistle to the Reader

SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1642–1727) From A Letter of Mr. Isaac Newton

SAMUEL BUTLER (1612–1680) • Hudibras • From Part 1, Canto 1

JOHN WILMOT, SECOND EARL OF ROCHESTER (1647–1680) • The Disabled Debauchee • The Imperfect Enjoyment • Upon Nothing • A Satire against Reason and Mankind

APHRA BEHN (1640?–1689) • The Disappointment • Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave

WILLIAM CONGREVE (1670–1729) • The Way of the World

MARY ASTELL (1666–1731)From Some Reflections upon Marriage

ANNE FINCH, COUNTESS OF WINCHILSEA (1661–1720) • A Nocturnal Reverie

JONATHAN SWIFT (1667–1745) • A Description of a City Shower • Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift • From A Tale of a Tub • Gulliver’s Travels • A Modest Proposal

JOSEPH ADDISON (1672–1719) AND SIR RICHARD STEELE (1672–1729) • The Periodical Essay: Manners, Society, Gender • Steele: [The Spectator’s Club] (Spectator 2) • Addison: [The Aims of the Spectator] (Spectator 10) • Steele: [Inkle and Yarico] (Spectator 11) • Addison: [The Royal Exchange] (Spectator 69) • The Periodical Essay: Ideas • Addison: [Wit: True, False, Mixed] (Spectator 62) • Addison: [Paradise Lost: General Critical Remarks] (Spectator 267) • Addison: [The Pleasures of the Imagination] (Spectator 411) • Addison: [On the Scale of Being] (Spectator 519)

ALEXANDER POPE (1688–1744) • An Essay on Criticism • The Rape of the Lock • Eloisa to Abelard • An Essay on Man • Epistle 1. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe • From Epistle 2. Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Himself, as an Individual • Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot • The Dunciad: Book the Fourth • [Invocation, the Goddess in Her Majesty] • [The Educator] • [The Carnation and the Butterfly] • [The Triumph of Dulness]


WILLIAM CONGREVE: Incognita; or, Love and Duty Reconciled • The Preface to the Reader

DANIEL DEFOE: The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe • Preface • [Crusoe Washes Ashore] • The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe • The Preface

MARY DAVYS: The Works of Mary Davys • The Preface

HENRY FIELDING: The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews • Preface

SARAH FIELDING: The Adventures of David Simple • Advertisement to the Reader

SAMUEL RICHARDSON: Clarissa • Preface

FRANCES BURNEY: Evelina • Preface • Volume I, Letter XI

CLARA REEVE: The Progress of Romance • From Evening VII • From Evening VIII • From Evening XII

ELIZA HAYWOOD (1693?–1756) • Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze

LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU (1689–1762) • Letters . . . Written during Her Travels [The Turkish Embassy Letters] • [“The Women’s Coffee House”; or, the Turkish Baths] • [The Turkish Method of Inoculation for the Small Pox] • Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband


JONATHAN SWIFT: The Lady’s Dressing Room

LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU: The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room

ALEXANDER POPE: Epistle 2. To a Lady


MARY LEAPOR • An Essay on Woman • An Epistle to a Lady

JOHN GAY (1685–1732) • The Beggar’s Opera

WILLIAM HOGARTH (1697–1764) • Marriage A-la-­Mode

SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709–1784) • The Vanity of Human Wishes • On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet • Rambler No. 4 [On Fiction] • Rambler No. 5 [On Spring] • Rambler No. 60 [Biography] • Idler No. 31 [On Idleness] • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia • A Dictionary of the English Language • From Preface • [Some Definitions: A Small Anthology] • The Preface to Shakespeare • [Shakespeare’s Excellence, General Nature] • [Shakespeare’s Faults. The Three Dramatic Unities] • [Twelfth Night] • [Othello] • Lives of the Poets • Cowley • [Metaphysical Wit] • Milton • [“Lycidas”] • [Paradise Lost] • Pope • [Pope’s Intellectual Character. Pope and Dryden Compared]

JAMES BOSWELL (1740–1795) • Boswell on the Grand Tour • [Boswell Interviews Voltaire] • The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. • [Plan of the Life] • [Johnson’s Early Years. Marriage and London] • [The Letter to Chesterfield] • [A Memorable Year: Boswell Meets Johnson] • [Goldsmith. Sundry Opinions. Johnson Meets His King] • [Fear of Death] • [Ossian. “Talking for Victory”] • [Dinner with Wilkes] • [Dread of Solitude] • [“A Bottom of Good Sense.” Bet Flint. “Clear Your Mind of Cant”] • [Johnson Prepares for Death] • [Johnson Faces Death]

LAURENCE STERNE (1713–1768) • A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

FRANCES BURNEY (1752–1840) • The Journal and Letters • [First Journal Entry] • [Mr. Barlow’s Proposal] • [“Down with her, Burney!”] • [A Young and Agreeable Infidel] • [Encountering the King] • [A Mastectomy] • [M. d’Arblay’s Postscript]


JOHN LOCKE: Two Treatises of Government • Chapter IV. Of Slavery • Chapter IX. Of the Ends of Political Society and Government

MARY ASTELL: From A Preface, in Answer to Some Objections to Reflections upon Marriage

JAMES THOMSON: Ode: Rule, Britannia

DAVID HUME: Of the Liberty of the Press

EDMUND BURKE: From Speech on the Conciliation with the American Colonies

SAMUEL JOHNSON: [A Brief to Free a Slave]

OLAUDAH EQUIANO: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself • [The Middle Passage] • [A Free Man]

JAMES THOMSON (1700–1748) • The Seasons • Autumn • [Evening and Night]

THOMAS GRAY (1716–1771) • Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College • Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

WILLIAM COLLINS (1721–1759) • Ode on the Poetical Character • Ode to Evening

CHRISTOPHER SMART (1722–1771) • Jubilate Agno • [My Cat Jeoffry]

OLIVER GOLDSMITH (ca. 1730–1774) • The Deserted Village

GEORGE CRABBE (1754–1832) • The Village • From Book I

WILLIAM COWPER (1731–1800) • The Task • Book 1 • [A Landscape Described. Rural Sounds] • [Crazy Kate] • Book 3 • [The Stricken Deer] • Book 4 • [The Winter Evening: A Brown Study] • The Castaway

APPENDIXES • General Bibliography • Literary Terminology • Geographic Nomenclature • British Money • The British Baronage • The Royal Lines of England and Great Britain • Religions in England • Illustration: The Universe According to Ptolemy




About the Editor:

Stephen Greenblatt (Ph.D. Yale) is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, he is the author of eleven books, including Tyrant, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story that Created Us, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (winner of the 2011 National Book Award and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize); Shakespeare’s Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World; Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare. He has edited seven collections of criticism, including Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. His honors include the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize, for both Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social  Energy in Renaissance England and The Swerve, the Sapegno Prize, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Wilbur Cross Medal from the Yale University Graduate School, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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