J O H N   S K E L T O N   (c. 1460–1529)
To Mistress Margaret Hussey
‘With lullay, lullay, like a child’

Western Wind

S I R   T H O M A S   W Y A T T   (c. 1503–1542)
‘Whoso list to hunt’
‘My galley, chargèd with forgetfulness’
‘The pillar perished is whereto I leant’
‘Farewell, Love, and all thy laws forever
‘Tagus, farewell’
‘They flee from me’
‘Madam, withouten many words’
‘My lute, awake!’
‘With serving still’

H E N R Y   H O W A R D,   E A R L   O F   S U R R E Y   (1517–1547)
from Certain Books of Virgil’s Æneis
[Aeneas tells of the Trojan horse] (Book II, lines 1–73)
[The rage of Dido] (Book IV, lines 477–509)
[Dido’s curse] (Book IV, lines 780–884)
‘The soote season’
‘Love that doth reign and live within my thought’
‘Alas! so all things now do hold their peace’
‘When Windsor walls sustained my wearied arm’
‘So cruel prison’
‘The storms are past, these clouds are overblown’

E L I Z A B E T H   I   (1533–1603)
On Monsieur’s Departure
Written in Her French Psalter

A L S O   A T T R I B U T E D   T O   E L I Z A B E T H   I
‘When I was fair and young’

A R T H U R   G O L D I N G   (1536–1605)
from The Fifteen Books of P. Ovidius Naso, Entitled Metamorphoses
[The four ages] (Book I, lines 103–170)
[Phaeton] (Book II, lines 26–415)

G E O R G E   G A S C O I G N E   (1539–1578)
Gascoigne’s Lullaby
‘That selfsame tongue which first did thee entreat’
‘The thriftless thread which pampered beauty spins’
from The Steel Glass
[Priests’ prayers for the common people] (lines 1010–1122)
Epilogue (lines 1131–1179)

B A R N A B E   G O O G E   (1540–1594)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Of Money
‘Once musing as I sat’

E D M U N D   S P E N S E R   (1552–1599)
from Amoretti and Epithalamion
‘Happy, ye leaves, whenas those lily hands’ (1)
‘New year forth looking out of Janus’ gate’ (4)
‘Penelope, for her Ulysses’ sake’ (23)
‘Like a ship that through the ocean wide’ (34)
‘Of this world’s theatre in which we stay’ (54)
‘Fair ye be sure, but cruèl and unkind’ (56)
‘Like as a huntsman after weary chase’ (67)
‘Most glorious lord of love that on this day’ (68)
‘One day I wrote her name upon the strand’ (75)
‘Lacking my love, I go from place to place’ (78)
‘Men call you fair, and you do credit it’ (79)
from The Ruins of Rome: by Bellay
‘Thou stranger, which for Rome in Rome here seekest’

S I R   W A L T E R   R A L E G H   (1552–1618)
‘Even such is time’
‘Nature, that washed her hands in milk’
‘Like truthless dreams’
‘Like to a hermit poor in place obscure’
‘If all the world and love were young’
‘Three things there be that prosper up apace’
‘What is our life?’

S I R   P H I L I P   S I D N E Y   (1554–1586)
from The Countess of Pembroke‘s Arcadia
‘My true love hath my hart, and I have his’ (45)
‘Ye goat-herd gods’ (71)
from Certain Sonnets
‘The nightingale, as soon as April bringeth’ (4)
‘Thou blind man’s mark, thou fool’s self-chosen snare’ (31)
‘Leave me, O Love, which reachest but to dust’ (32)
from Astrophil and Stella
‘Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show’ (1) 
‘You that do search for every purling spring’ (15)
‘With how sad step, O moon, thou climb‘st the skies!’ (31)
‘I might—unhappy word!—O me, I might’ (33)
‘Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace’ (39)
‘Having this day my horse, my hand, my lance’ (41)
‘Stella oft sees the very face of woe’ (45)
‘Fie, school of Patience, fie! Your lesson is’ (56)
‘Dear, why make you more of a dog than me?’ (59)
‘Good brother Philip, I have borne you long’ (83)

F U L K E   G R E V I L L E,   L O R D   B R O O K E   (1554–1628)
from Caelica
‘Fie, foolish earth (16)’
‘The earth with thunder torn (87)’
‘In night, when colors all to black are cast (101)’
from Mustapha
‘O wearisome condition of humanity!’

G E O R G E   C H A P M A N   (1559–1634)
from The Shadow of Night
[‘Fall, Hercules, from heaven in tempests hurled’] (Lines 255–287)
from the Iliads of Homer
[Achilles’ shield] (Book 18, lines 327–559)
from the Odysseys of Homer
[Argus] (Book 7, lines 486–546)
from Hero and Leander
The Third Sestiad
De Guiana, Carmen Epicum

S I R   J O H N   H A R R I N G T O N   (1561–1612)
Of Treason

S A M U E L   D A N I E L   (1562–1619)
Ulysses and the Siren
from Delia
‘Unto the boundless ocean of thy beauty’ (1)
‘Behold what hap Pygmalion had to frame’ (13)
‘Care-charmer sleep’ (54)
‘Let others sing of Knights and paladins’ (55)
‘None other fame mine unambitious muse’ (58)

M A R K   A L E X A N D E R   B O Y D   (1563–1601)
‘Fra banc to banc fra wod to wod I rin’

M I C H A E L   D R A Y T O N   (1563–1631)
from Idea
‘How many paltry, foolish painted things’ (6)
‘My heart the anvil where my thoughts do beat’ (40)
‘Since there’s no help, come, let us kiss and part’ (61)

C H R I S T O P H E R   M A R L O W E   (1564–1593)
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Hero and Leander

W I L L I A M   S H A K E S P E A R E   (1564–1616)
from Love’s Labours Lost: “ When icicles hang by the wall…”
Sonnet: 2
Sonnet: 5
Sonnet: 18
Sonnet: 29
Sonnet: 30
Sonnet: 53
Sonnet: 57
Sonnet: 73
Sonnet: 94
Sonnet: 106
Sonnet: 116
Sonnet: 121
Sonnet: 129
Sonnet: 130
Sonnet: 138
from Romeo & Juliet (nested sonnet) “If I profane….”
from Hamlet (song) “How should I your true love know…”
The Phoenix and Turtle
from The Tempest (song) “Full fathom five thy father lies…”

T H O M A S   B A S T A R D   (1566–1618)
De Puero Balbutiente

T H O M A S   N A S H E   (1567–1601)
A Litany in Time of Plague

T H O M A S   C A M P I O N   (1567–1620)
“Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow”
“Raving warre, begot”
“Lockley spits apace, the rheum he calls it”
Rose-Cheeked Laura
“Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air”
Thinks’t Thou to Seduce Me Then

W I L L I A M   A L A B A S T E R   (1557–1640)
Upon the Motions of the Fiend
from Divine Meditations:  “The first beginning of creation”

C H I D I O C K   T I C H B O R N E   (1568–1586)

S I R   H E N R Y   W O T T O N   (1568–1639)
Upon the Death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife

S I R   J O H N   D A V I E S   (1569–1626)
from Gullinge Sonnets:“The sacred Muse that firste made
love devine”
“Faith, wench, I cannot court thy sprightly eyes”

A E M E L I A   L A N Y E R   (1569–1645)
from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum: (“Our Mother Eve” to “nor end.”)
[Eve’s Apology]

S I R   R O B E R T   A Y T O N   (1570–1638)
To an Inconstant One

J O H N   D O N N E   (1572–1631)
The Flea
Song “Go and catch a falling star”
The Sunne Rising
The Canonization
The Bait
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
A Lecture upon the Shadow
from Holy Sonnets: 7
from Holy Sonnets: 10
from Holy Sonnets: 18

B E N   J O N S O N   (1572–1637)
Still to Be Neat
On My First Daughter
On Giles and Joan
On My First Son
Inviting a Friend to Supper
Epitaph on Elizabeth, L.H.
Song: To Celia
To Heaven
My Picture Left in Scotland
To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William
Shakespeare . . .
In the Person of Womankind

J O H N   W E B S T E R (1580–1625)
from The Duchess of Malfi (song): “Hark! Now everything is
from The White Devil: Funeral Dirge for Marcello

The Silver Swan

L O R D   H E R B E R T   O F   C H E R B U R Y   (1583–1648)
Epitaph of a Stinking Poet
Elegy Over a Tomb
Another Sonnet to Black itself [“Thou black wherein all colors
are compos’d”]
“You well compacted Groves, whose light and shade”

W I L L I A M   D R U M M O N D   (1585–1649)
“Of this fair volume”
“The last and greatest herald of heaven’s king”

L A D Y   M A R Y   W R O T H   (1587–1651)
from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus: “When every one to pleasing
pastimes hies”

R O B E R T   H E R R I C K   (1591–1674)
Little and Loud
Delight in Disorder
His Farewell to Sack
To the Virgins to Make Much of Time

H E N R Y   K I N G   (1592–1669)
The Exequy

G E O R G E   H E R B E R T   (1593–1633)
from Walton’s Life: 1 “My God where is that ancient heat
towards thee”
from Walton’s Life: 2 “Sure Lord, there is enough in thee to
Easter Wings
Prayer (I)
Church Monuments
The Pulley

J A M E S   S H I R L E Y   (1596–1666)
from The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses: Calchas’ Hymn at
the Funeral of Ajax

J O H N   M I L T O N   (1608–1674)
tr. of the Fifth Ode of Horace
On Shakespeare
Il Penseroso
How Soon Hath Time
When the Assault Was Intended to the City
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
To Mr. Cyriack Skinner upon His Blindness
Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint
from Samson Agonistes: lines 67–109, [“O loss of sight” to
“among inhuman foes”]

S I R   J O H N   S U C K L I N G   (1609–1642)
Song: Why So Pale and Wan?
Song: Out upon it, I have loved

A B R A H A M   C O W L E Y   (1618–1667)
from Anacreontics: Drinking

A N D R E W   M A R V E L L   (1621–1678)
To His Coy Mistress
The Garden

H E N R Y   V A U G H A N   (1621–1695)
To His Books
The Lamp
They Are All Gone into the World of Light