Pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance

An anthology

Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri

Pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9682-2
    • Pages: 584
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: April 2016
    • Series: The Manchester Spenser


    Renaissance pastoral poetry is gaining new interest for its distinctive imaginative vein, its varied allusive content, and the theoretical implications of the genre. This is by far the biggest ever anthology of English Renaissance pastoral poetry, with 277 pieces spanning two centuries. Spenser, Sidney, Jonson and Drayton are amply represented alongside their many contemporaries. There is a wide range of pastoral lyrics, weightier allusive pieces, and translations from classical and vernacular pastoral poetry; also, more unusually, pastoral ballads and poems set in all kinds of prose works. Each piece has been freshly edited from the original sources, with full apparatus and commentary. This book will be complemented by a second volume, to be published in 2017, which includes a book-length introduction, textual notes and analytic indices.


    Introduction to Volume 1
    1. Idyll VIII Theocritus, tr. anon.
    2. Idyll XI Theocritus, tr. anon.
    3. The Pastorall Wooing Theocritus, tr. Edward Sherburne
    4. Fragments Theocritus and Virgil, tr. 'T.B.'
    5. Epitaph on Bion Moschus, tr. Thomas Stanley
    6. Eclogue I Virgil, tr. William Webbe
    7. Eclogue II Virgil, tr. Abraham Fraunce
    8. Eclogue IV Virgil, tr. Abraham Fleming
    9. Eclogue X Virgil, tr. Abraham Fleming
    10. Georgic II Virgil, tr. Abraham Cowley
    11. Georgic III Virgil, tr. Richard Robinson
    12. Epode II Horace, tr. Sir Richard Fanshawe
    13. On the Rustic Life Martial(?), tr. Richard Ashmore
    14. The Consolation of Philosophy, Bk II, Poem 5 Boethius, tr. Queen Elizabeth I
    15. Eclogue IV.1-75 Mantuan, tr. George Turberville
    16. Eclogue VI.54-105 Mantuan, tr. Alexander Barclay
    17. Eclogue VII.1-50 Mantuan, tr. Thomas Harvey
    18. Robene and Makyne Robert Henryson
    19. From Of Gentleness and Nobility John Rastell (?), John Heywood (?)
    20. To His Little Field Marcantonio Flaminio, tr. Richard Ashmore
    21. Kala's Complaint Basilio Zanchi, tr. William Drummond of Hawthornden
    22. 'O eyes, that see not him' Jorge de Montemeyor, tr. Bartholomew Yong
    23. Passed Contents Jorge de Montemeyor, tr. Bartholomew Yong
    24. 'I pray thee keep my kine' Alonso Perez, tr. Bartholomew Yong
    25. Prologue to the Eclogues Alexander Barclay
    26. Eclogue I.175-304 Alexander Barclay
    27. Eclogue III.455-524 Alexander Barclay
    28. Eclogue IV. 37-66, 93-232 Alexander Barclay
    29. 'Oh! Shepherd, Oh! Shepherd' Anonymous
    30. 'Hey, troly loly lo, maid, whither go you?' Anonymous
    31. Harpelus' Complaint Anonymous
    32. Eclogue II: Dametas Barnabe Googe
    33. Golden Age Chorus Torquato Tasso, tr. Samuel Daniel
    34. Golden Age Chorus Giovanni Battista Guarini, tr. Richard Fanshawe
    35. 'Along the verdant fields' Jean Chassanion, tr. Thomas Beard
    36. Song Jean Passerat, tr. William Drummond of Hawthornden
    37. 'There where the pleasant Eske' Antonio Beffa, tr. William Drummond of Hawthornden
    38. The Shepherd's Calendar, 'April' Edmund Spenser
    39. 'O ye nymphs most fine' William Webbe
    40. The Shepherd's Calendar, 'June' Edmund Spenser
    41. The Shepherd's Calendar, 'July' Edmund Spenser
    42. From Colin Clout's Come Home Again Edmund Spenser
    43. Astrophel Edmund Spenser
    44. The Faerie Queene VI.ix.5-36 Edmund Spenser
    45. The Faerie Queene V.x.5-30 Edmund Spenser
    46. From The Lady of May Philip Sidney
    47. 'Come, shepherd's weeds.' Philip Sidney
    48. 'My sheep are thoughts' Philip Sidney
    49. 'And are you there Old Pas?' Philip Sidney
    50. 'O sweet woods' Philip Sidney
    51. 'You goat-herd gods.' Philip Sidney
    52. 'Since that to death' Philip Sidney
    53. 'Philisides, the Shepherd good and true' Philip Sidney (?)
    54. Of the Quietness that Plain Country Bringeth Thomas Churchyard
    55. From A Revelation of the True Minerva Thomas Blenerhasset
    56. Argentile and Curan William Warner
    57. Amyntas: The Second Lamentation Thomas Watson, tr. Abraham Fraunce
    58. Amyntas: The Last Lamentation Thomas Watson, tr. Abraham Fraunce
    59. An Old-Fashioned Love, Epistle 1 John Trussel (?)
    60. The Argument of Amyntas John Finet (?)
    61. 'Arcadian Syrinx' Abraham Fraunce
    62. A Tale of Robin Hood Anonymous
    63. From Daphnis and Chloe Angel Day
    64. An Eclogue Gratulatory to Robert Earl of Essex George Peele
    65. From Descensus Astraeae George Peele
    66. Apollo and Daphne, from the Bisham Entertainment Anonymous
    67. An Eclogue Between a Shepherd and a Herdman Arthur Gorges
    68. The Country Lass Arthur Gorges
    69. The Herdman's Happy Life William Byrd
    70. 'Though Amarillis dance in green' William Byrd
    71. The Shepherd's Ode Robert Greene
    72. Doron's Jig Robert Greene
    73. Doron's Eclogue Joined with Carmela's Robert Greene
    74. The Description of the Shepherd and his Wife Robert Greene
    75. The Shepherd's Wife's Song Robert Greene
    76. The Song of a Country Swain at the Return of Philador Robert Greene
    77. Of the Vanity of Wanton Writings Robert Greene
    78. Old Damon's Pastoral Thomas Lodge
    79. Coridon's Song Thomas Lodge
    80. A Pleasant Eclogue between Montanus and Coridon Thomas Lodge
    81. Phillis, Sonnet 4 Thomas Lodge
    82. Phillis, Sonnet 12 Thomas Lodge
    83. To Reverend Colin Thomas Lodge
    84. The Passionate Shepherd to his Love Christopher Marlowe
    85. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd Walter Ralegh (?)
    86. Another of the Same Nature Anonymous
    87. Psalm 23 tr. Sir John Davies
    88. On Lazy and Sleeping Shepherds Andrew Willett
    89. Coridon to his Phillis Edward Dyer (?)
    90. 'One night I did attend my sheep' Barnabe Barnes
    91. 'Sing sing (Parthenophil)' Barnabe Barnes
    92. From Oenone and Paris Thomas Heywood
    93. From Amphrisa the Forsaken Shepherdess Thomas Heywood
    94. Mercury's Song Thomas Heywood
    95. From The Affectionate Shepherd, The Second Day Richard Barnfield
    96. From 'The Shepherd's Content' Richard Barnfield
    97. Cynthia, Sonnet XV Richard Barnfield
    98. Cynthia, Sonnet XVIII Richard Barnfield
    99. From Moderatus Robert Parry
    100. Damon's Ditty Francis Sabie
    101. 'Shepherd, i'faith now I say' Robert Sidney
    102. 'Day which so bright dids't shine' Robert Sidney
    103. Chloris, Sonnet 3 William Smith
    104. Chloris, Sonnet 5 William Smith
    105. From The Shepherd's Complaint John Dickenson
    106. Description of Arcadia, from The Shepherd's Complaint John Dickenson
    107. 'In a field full fair of flowers' Anonymous
    108. The Unknown Shepherd's Complaint Anonymous
    109. To Thomas Strangways Thomas Bastard
    110. Sonnet from Sundry Christian Passions Henry Lok
    111. 'The Lord he is my shepherd' Nicholas Breton
    112. 'Upon a dainty hill' Nicholas Breton
    113. 'In time of yore' Nicholas Breton
    114. 'Fair in a morn' Nicholas Breton
    115. 'Fair Phillis is the shepherds' queen' Nicholas Breton
    116. A pastoral of Phillis and Coridon Nicholas Breton
    117. 'In the merry month of May' Nicholas Breton
    118. 'The fields are green' Nicholas Breton
    119. A Shepherd's Dream Nicholas Breton (?)
    120. Coridon's Supplication to Phillis Nicholas Breton
    121. The Second Shepherd's Song Nicholas Breton
    122. A Farewell to the World Nicholas Breton
    123. 'Peace Shepherd' Anonymous
    124. 'When I was a little swain' Nicholas Breton (?)
    125. A Pastoral Riddle Anonymous
    126. Upon a Kiss Given John Lilliat
    127. The Shepherdess Her Reply John Lilliat
    128. An Excellent Pastoral Ditty John Ramsey (?)
    129. On the Reported Death of the Earl of Essex Anonymous
    130. Votum Primum Anonymous
    131. The Page's Pleasant Rustick Anonymous
    132. Theorello. A Shepherd's Idyllion Edmund Bolton (?)
    133. The Shepherd's Song for Christmas Edmund Bolton (?)
    134. Phillida's Love-Call to Her Coridon, and His Replying Anonymous
    135. Damætas' Jig in Praise of His Love John Wootton
    136. Wodenfride's Song in Praise of Amargana W.H. (?)
    137. A Poor Shepherd's Introduction Robert Chester
    138. Eclogue upon the Death of Sir Philip Sidney 'A.W'
    139. A Dialogue between Two Shepherds in Praise of Astraea Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
    140. Fiction How Cupid Made a Nymph Wound Herself with His Arrows Anonymous
    141. 'A shepherd poor' Francis Davison
    142. From The Ocean to Cynthia Walter Ralegh
    143. Epitaph on Robert Cecil Walter Ralegh
    144. 'Feed on my flocks' Henry Chettle
    145. A Pastoral Song between Phillis and Amarillis Henry Chettle (?)
    146. The Shepherd's Spring Song Henry Chettle
    147. The Good Shepherd's Sorrow Anonymous
    148. The Shepherd's Lamentation Anonymous
    149. Fair Dulcina Complaineth Anonymous
    150. A Pleasant Country Maying Song Anonymous
    151. The Country Lass Martin Parker (?)
    152. The Obsequy of Fair Phillida Anonymous
    153. The Shepherd and the King Anonymous
    154. The Lover's Delight Anonymous
    155. Phillida Flouts Me Anonymous
    156. Robin Hood and the Shepherd Anonymous
    157. The Arcadian Lovers Anonymous
    158. The Beautiful Shepherdess of Arcadia Anonymous
    159. 'As at noon Dulcina rested' Anonymous
    160. Idea the Shepherd's Garland, Eclogue VII Michael Drayton
    161. Idea the Shepherd's Garland, Eclogue VIII Michael Drayton
    162. Eclogue IX, 1606 Michael Drayton
    163. From Poly-Olbion Michael Drayton
    164. The Shepherd's Sirena Michael Drayton
    165. The Description of Elizium Michael Drayton
    166. The Muses Elizium, Nymphal VI Michael Drayton
    167. The Muses Elizium, Nymphal X Michael Drayton
    168. From Pastoral Elegy III William Basse
    169. Laurinella, of True and Chaste Love William Basse
    170. Phillis Giovan Battista (Giambattista) Marino, tr. William Drummond of Hawthornden
    171. A Shepherd Inviting a Nymph to His Cottage Girolamo Preti, tr. Edward Sherburne
    172. 'Jolly shepherd and upon a hill as he sat' Thomas Ravenscroft
    173. 'Come follow me merrily' Thomas Ravenscroft
    174. To His Loving Friend Master John Fletcher George Chapman
    175. Hymn to Pan, from The Faithful Shepherdess John Fletcher
    176. A Sonnet Honoré d'Urfé
    177. 'Close by a river clear' Honoré d'Urfé
    178. From Christ's Victory and Triumph Giles Fletcher
    179. The Complaint of the Shepherd Harpalus David Murray
    180. 'A jolly shepherd that sat on Sion hill' Anonymous
    181. 'Alas, Our Shepherd' William Alabaster
    182. The Shepherd's Speech from Himatia-Poleos Anthony Munday
    183. To His Much Loved Friend Master W Browne Christopher Brooke
    184. An Eclogue between Willy and Wernocke John Davies of Hereford
    185. The Shepherd's Hunting, Eclogue V George Wither
    186. From Fair Virtue George Wither
    187. Hymn for a Sheep-Shearing George Wither
    188. Hymn for a Shepherd George Wither
    189. From Britannia's Pastorals, Book I William Browne
    190. From Britannia's Pastorals, Book II Song 1 ll.817-1050 William Browne
    191. To Penshurst Ben Jonson
    192. To Sir Robert Wroth Ben Jonson
    193. Hymns from Pan's Anniversary Ben Jonson
    194. A New Year's Gift Sung to King Charles, 1635 Ben Jonson
    195. From The Careless Shepherdess Thomas Goffe
    196. Damon and Moeris William Drummond of Hawthornden
    197. Erycine at the Departure of Alexis William Drummond of Hawthornden
    198. Alexis to Damon William Alexander
    199. A Pastoral Elegy on the Death of Sir Anthony Alexander William Drummond of Hawthornden
    200. Fragment of a Greater Work William Drummond of Hawthornden
    201. From Damon: Or a Pastoral Elegy George Lauder
    202. Hermes and Lycaon Edward Fairfax
    203. The Solitude Antoine Girard Saint-Amant, tr. Thomas, Third Baron Fairfax.
    204. Amor Constans Christopher Morley
    205. The Shepherd's Dialogue of Love Anonymous
    206. Technis' Tale Richard Brathwait
    207. The Shepherd's Holiday Richard Brathwait
    208. 'Tell me love what thou canst do' Richard Brathwait
    209. Song: 'Love as well can make abiding' Mary Wroth
    210. 'A shepherd who no care did take' Mary Wroth
    211. 'You pleasant flowery mead' Mary Wroth
    212. Of Jack and Tom James I
    213. From Taylor's Pastoral John Taylor
    214. 'Woodmen Shepherds' James Shirley
    215. An Eclogue between a Carter and a Shepherd Nicholas Oldisworth
    216. A Sonnet William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke
    217. An Ode upon Occasion of His Majesty's Proclamation Richard Fanshawe
    218. Songs from Fuimus Troes Jasper Fisher
    219. Piscatory Eclogue VII Phineas Fletcher
    220. To My Beloved Thenot in Answer of His Verse Phineas Fletcher
    221. From The Purple Island Phineas Fletcher
    222. Christmas, Part II George Herbert
    223. To My Noblest Friend, I. C. Esquire William Habington
    224. That a Pleasant Poverty Is to Be Preferred Before Discontented Riches Abraham Cowley
    225. The Country Life Abraham Cowley, tr. by himself
    226. Eclogue to Master Jonson Thomas Randolph
    227. An Eclogue Occasioned by Two Doctors Disputing upon Predestination Thomas Randolph
    228. An Eclogue on the Palilia on Cotswold Hills Thomas Randolph
    229. A Dialogue betwixt a Nymph and a Shepherd Thomas Randolph
    230. Lycidas John Milton
    231. Ode IV.21: From The Song of Song Casimir Sarbiewski, tr. George Hills
    232. The Praise of a Religious Recreation Casimir Sarbiewski, tr. George Hills
    233. The Spring Thomas Carew
    234. To Saxham Thomas Carew
    235. On Westwell Downs William Strode
    236. Thenot's Abode Anonymous
    237. All Hail to Hatfield Anonymous
    238. Tom and Will Sidney Godolphin (?)
    239. The Shepherd's Oracle Francis Quarles
    240. Scenes from a Pastoral Play Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley
    241. A Pastoral upon the Birth of Prince Charles Robert Herrick
    242. A Pastoral Sung to the King Robert Herrick
    243. To His Muse Robert Herrick
    244. The Hock-Cart Robert Herrick
    245. A New-Year's Gift Sent to Sir Simeon Steward Robert Herrick
    246. A Dialogue Weeping the Loss of Pan Mildmay Fane
    247. My Happy Life, to a Friend Mildmay Fane
    248. In Praise of a Country Life Mildmay Fane
    249. From Psyche Joseph Beaumont
    250. A Pastoral Dialogue between Coridon and Thirsis Anonymous
    251. The Shepherds Henry Vaughan
    252. Daphnis: An Elegiac Eclogue Henry Vaughan
    253. From The Shepherd's Holiday William Denny
    254. 'Jack! Nay prithee come away' Patrick Cary
    255. The Pleasure of Retirement Edward Benlowes
    256. A Description of Shepherds and Shepherdesses Margaret Cavendish
    257. A Shepherd's Employment Is Too Mean an Allegory for Noble Ladies Margaret Cavendish
    258. Similizing the Sea to Meadows and Pastures Margaret Cavendish
    259. Jack the Plough-Lad's Lamentation Thomas Robins (?)
    260. A Pastoral Dialogue Thomas Weaver
    261. The Isle of Man Thomas Weaver
    262. Upon Cloris Her Visit after Marriage William Hammond
    263. A Pastoral Song: With the Answer Anonymous
    264. A Pastoral Song Anonymous
    265. A Song Anonymous
    266. The Land-Schap between Two Hills Eldred Revett
    267. The Milkmaids Anonymous
    268. Coridon and Strephon Aston Cokayn
    269. The Old Ballet of Shepherd Tom Anonymous
    270. The Jolly Shepherd Anonymous
    271. To My Ingenious Friend Master Brome Izaak Walton
    272. Pastoral on the King's Death Alexander Brome
    273. A Dialogue betwixt Lucasia and Rosania Katherine Philips
    274. A Country Life Katherine Philips
    275. Eclogue. Corydon, Clotten Charles Cotton
    276. An Invitation to Phillis Charles Cotton
    277. On the Execrable Murder of Charles I Anthony Spinedge
    Index of Authors
    Index of Titles and First Lines


    Sukanta Chaudhuri is Professor Emeritus at Jadavpur University, Kolkata

    Pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance

    Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri

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