Elizabethan Sonnets
Leave me, O love! which reachest but to dust! / And thou, my mind! aspire to higher things! / Grow rich in that, which never taketh rust! / Whatever fades, but fading pleasure brings.
Sonnet XXXIV, ll 1–4.
Sir Philip

Elizabethan Sonnets

Newly Arranged with an Introduction by Sir Sidney Lee

These sonnet-sequences from this historical anthology comprise 1,121 selections, most of which with spellings modernized.

Bibliographic Record


Prefatory Note


I. The Elizabethan Sonnet-Literature
II. The Supremacy of Petrarch
III. The Sonnet in Sixteenth-Century Italy
IV. The Sonnet in Sixteenth-Century France
V. The First Coming of the Sonnet in Sixteenth-Century England
VI. The Earliest Elizabethan Sonneteers—Sidney and Watson
VII. The Zenith of the Sonneteering Vogue in Elizabethan England—Daniel and Constable
VIII. Lodge, Barnes, and Fletcher
IX. Drayton and Spenser
X. Poetæ Minimi
XI. Conclusion
Syr P[hilip] S[idney]—His Astrophel and Stella. Wherein the excellence of sweet Poesy is concluded
Sundry other rare Sonnets of divers Noble men and Gentlemen, 1591
Sir Philip Sidney—Sonnets and Poetical Translations, 1598
Thomas Watson—The Tears of Fancie, or, Loue Disdained, 1593
Barnabe Barnes—Parthenophil and Parthenophe. Sonnets, Madrigals, Elegies, and Odes, 1593
Thomas Lodge—Phillis Honoured with Pastorall Sonnets, Elegies, and amorous delights, 1593
Giles Fletcher, LL.D.—Licia, or, Poems of Love in Honour of the admirable and singular virtues of his Lady. To the imitation of the best Latin Poets, and others, 1593
Henry Constable and others—Diana, or, The excellent conceitful Sonnets of H. C. Augmented with divers Quatorzains of honourable and learned personages. Divided into viii. Decades, 1584 [vere 1594]
Samuel Daniel—Delia (1594)
William Percy—Sonnets to the Fairest Cœlia, 1594
Anonymous—Zepheria, 1594
Michael Drayton—Idea. In sixty-three Sonnets, 1594–1619
Edmund Spenser—Amoretti and Epithalamion, 1595
Bartholomew Griffin—Fidessa, more chaste than kind, 1596
R[ichard] L[inche]—Diella. Certain Sonnets, adjoined to the amorous poem of Dom Diego and Gyneura, 1596
William Smith—Chloris, or The Complaint of the passionate despised Shepherd, 1596
R[obert] T[ofte]—Laura, The Toys of a Traveller: or The Feast of Fancy. Divided into Three Parts, 1597