The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume IV. Prose and Poetry: Sir Thomas North to Michael Drayton.

IX. The Successors of Spenser



The Pastorals and other Workes of W. B. Never before imprinted. Oxford, 1653. Ed. Collier, J. P. Oxford, 1870. (See, also, Collier, J. P., Illustrations of early English Popular Literature, vol. II, 1863 ff.)

The Poetical Works of William Basse, now for the first time collected and edited, with introduction and notes by Bond, R. W. 1893. (With an excellent bibliography.)

Great Brittaines Sunnes-set, bewailed with a shower of tears. Oxford, 1613. Facsimiled by Allnutt, W. H. Oxford, 1872.

William Basse was born c. 1583. He wrote, in close imitation of Spenser’s lighter mood, Pastorals and a long poem Urania. Izaak Walton quotes his Angler’s Song and mentions Tom of Bedlam and the Hunter in his careere with admiration. Full information on his life and writings may be found in Bond’s edition.


Works; containing Britannia’s Pastorals. The Shepherd’s Pipe. The Inner Temple Masque, and other poems. 3 vols. 1772.

Original Poems of W. B. never before published, ed. Brydges, S. E. Lee Priory, 1815.

The Whole Works of W. Browne now first collected. Hazlitt, W. C. Roxburghe Library. 1868.

The Poems of William Browne, of Tavistock, Ed. Goodwin, G. With an introduction by Bullen, A. H. 2 vols. 1894.

An Elegie on the never Inough Bewailed Death of the Worthy, Vertuous, glory of these, and wonder for ensuing times, Henry, Prince of Wales. 1613.

Britannia’s Pastorals. The first book appeared in folio, without any date on title-page: but the address to the reader is dated 18 June 1613. Book II, Printed by Thomas Snodham for George Norton, and are to be sold at the signe of the Red Bull without Temple-barre, 1616. Books I and II, 1625, and ed. Thompson, W., 1845. Book III was printed for the first time in 1852, by Croker, T. Crofton, from the MS. in the library of Salisbury cathedral.

The Inner Temple Masque. Jan. 13, 1614.

The Shepheard’s Pipe. (Other Eclogues by Mr. Brooke, Mr. Wither, and Mr. Davies.) 3 pts. 1614.


Breton, N. Pastoral Poems. Pembroke Booklets, no. 3. 1906.

Gosse, E. The Jacobean Poets. 2nd ed. 1899.

Moorman, F. W. William Browne. His Britannia’s Pastorals. 1897.

Prince, J. The Worthies of Devon. 1701.

Sidney, P. The Subject of All Verse: being an enquiry into the authorship of a famous epitaph. 1907.

Transactions of Devonshire Association, vol. VI, 531; vol. XIX, 219–237.

Collected Works

The Poetical Works of Sir John Davies published from a corrected copy formerly in the possession of Mr. Thompson. 1773.

Works in verse and prose (including hitherto unpublished MSS.). Ed. Grosart, A. B. In Fuller Worthies’ Library. 3 vols. 1869–79.

Complete Poems. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 2 vols. 1876.

Works. Ed. Morley, H. The Carisbroke Library. Vol. X. 1889 ff.

Single Works

Orchestra or a Poeme on Dauncing Judicially prooving the true observation of time and measure, in the Authenticall and laudable use of Dauncing. 1596. Rptd. in Arber’s An English Garner, vol. V, 1882.

Orchestra or A Poeme expressing the Antiquitie and Excellencie of Dauncing. In a Dialogue betweene Penelope and one of her Wooers. Not finished. 1622. (Contains also Nosce teipsum, Hymnes of Astroea.)

Nosce teipsum. This oracle expounded in two elegies. 1. Of humane knowledge. 2. Of the soule of man and the immortalitie thereof. 1599 (rptd. in Arber’s An English Garner, vol. V, 1882), 1602, etc.

A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued … untill the beginning of his Majesties happie raigne. 1612.

Le primer Report des cases et matters en Ley resolves adjudges en les Courts de Roy en Ireland. 1615. Translated, Dublin, 1762.

Hymnes of Astroea in acrosticke verse. Praises of his Soveraigne Queen Elizabeth. 1618.

England’s Independency. 1674.

A Poem on the immortality of the soul. To which is prefixed an essay on the same subject, by Dr. T. Sheridan. Together with historical relations concerning Ireland, by Sir J. D. 2 pts. Dublin, 1751.

The antiquity … and succession of the High Steward of England. The antiquity … of the Earl Marshall of England. Of the antiquity, use … of lawful combats in England. In A collection of curious discourses. Vol. II. Hearne, T. 1771.

Historical Tracts. 1786.

A letter to the Earl of Salisbury. In Collectanae de rebus Hibernicis. Vol. I. 1786.

Epigrammes, reprinted from a rare edition in the possession of Sir C. Isham. Isham Reprints. 1870 ff.

See Woolrych, H. W., Lives of eminent Serjeants-at-Law, 2 vols., 1869.

Collected Works

Poems: Amorous, Funerall, Divine, Pastorall, in Sonnets, Songs, Sextains, Madrigals. 1616.

Poems, By that most famous Wit, William Drummond of Hawthornden. 1656. (With a preface by Edward Phillips, Milton’s nephew. It contains most of the poems previously published, and about sixty new poems, two of which are certainly not by Drummond.) The title-page of the B. M. copy of 1659 reads: The most Elegant and Elabourate Poems of that Great Court Wit Mr. William Drummond, etc. Printed for William Rands Bookseller, at his House over against the Beare Taverne in Fleet street, 1659. There is also another title-page bound up with the same: Poems, By that most Famous Wit, William Drummond of Hawthornden. Printed by W. H. and are to be sold in the Company of Stationers, 1656. It contains the introduction by Phillips.

The Works of William Drummond, of Hawthornden. Consisting of those which were formerly Printed and those which were design’d for the Press. Now Published from the Author’s Original Copies. Edinburgh: printed by James Watson, in Craig’s-Closs, 1711. (Edited by Sage, John, and Ruddiman, T. Contains about forty additional poems, many of doubtful authenticity; various prose tracts and papers; a further selection of Drummond’s correspondence, and a memoir by bishop Sage which is the principal early authority for the life of Drummond.)

Poems. Ed. Maitland, T. Maitland Club. Edinburgh, 1832. Ed. Turnbull, W. B. 1856. Rptd. in Library of British Authors. 1890. Ed. Ward, W. C., in The Muses Library. 2 vols. 1894. (Contains bibliography.)

Single Works

Teares on the Death of Meliades. Edinburgh, printed by Andro Hart, and are to bee sold at his shop on the north side of the high streete, a litle beneath the Crosse. 1613. 3rd ed. 1614.

Forth Feasting. A Panegyricke to the Kings Most Excellent Majestie. Edinburgh, 1617. Rptd. in The Muses Welcome to King James, Edinburgh, 1618, with the prefixed sonnet by Drummond, which does not appear in original edition.

Flowers of Sion. To which is adjoyned Drummond’s Cypresse Grove. 1623. Edinburgh, 1630. (Contains four new poems, viz. An Hymn of the Ascension; a Sonnet, Death’s Last Will; The Shadow of the Judgment; and a Sonnet to the Obsequies of King James.)

The Entertainment of the high and mighty Monarch Charles, King of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, into his auncient and royall citie of Edinburgh, the fifteenth of June, 1633. Edinburgh, 1633.

To The Exequies of the Honourable Sr Antonye Alexander, Knight, etc. A pastorall Elegie. Edinburgh, printed in King James his College, by George Anderson. 1638.

The History of Scotland, from the year 1423 until the year 1542, containing the lives and reigns of James I–V. With several memorials of state during the reign of James VI and Charles I. 1655.

A Cypress Grove. The Venetian Series. 1905. Ed. Bullen, A. H. Stratford-on-Avon, 1907.

See Conversations of Ben Jonson with William Drummond of Hawthornden, Shakspr. Soc., 1842.

(See also under Phineas Fletcher)

Poems. Fuller Worthies’ Library. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 1868.

Complete Poems. Ed. Grosart, A. B. Early English Poets. 1876.

Sorrowes Joy Or a Lamentation for our late deceased Soveraigne Elizabeth, with a triumph for the prosperous succession of our gratious King, James. Cambridge, 1603.

Christ’s Victorie, and Triumph in Heaven, and Earth, over, and after death. Cambridge, 1610, 1632, 1640.

The Reward of the Faithfull. 1623.

See Hunter’s Chorus Vatum MS., Brit. Mus. Addit. MS. 24487, f. 79.


Poems, ed. Grosart, A. B. Fuller Worthies’ Library. 1868.

Giles and Phineas Fletcher. Poetical Works. Ed. Boas, F. S. Cambridge English Classics. 2 vols. 1908, 1909.

Single Works

Locustae, vel pietas Jesuitica. (The Locusts or Apollyonists.) Cambridge, 1627.

Brittain’s Ida written by that renowned Poët Edmond Spencer. 1628. (Attributed by Grosart and Boas to Phineas Fletcher.)

Sicelides; a piscatory. 1631.

Joy in Tribulation, or Consolations for Afflicted Spirits. 1632.

The Way to Blessedness, a treatise on the First Psalme. 1632.

Sylva Poetica. Cambridge, 1633.

The Purple Island: or the Isle of Man: together with Piscatorie Eclogs and other Poetical Miscellanies. Cambridge, 1633.

Elisa or An Elegie Upon the Unripe Decease, of Sr Antoine Irby. Cambridge, 1633.

A Father’s Testament. Written long since for the benefit of the particular relations of the author. 1670.

See Cole’s MS., History of King’s College, Cambridge, MS. XV, 35, and Hunter’s Chorus Vatum MS., Brit. Mus. Addit. MS. 24487, f. 80.

[For sonnets, see Vol. III of the present work]

Certaine learned and elegant workes of the Right Honourable Fulke, Lord Brooke, written in his youth and familiar exercise with Sir Philip Sidney. Printed by E. P. for Henry Seyle, and are to be sold at his shop at the signe of the Tygers head in St. Paules Churchyard. 1633.

The Remains of Sir Fulk Grevill Lord Brooke: Being Poems of Monarchy and Religion: Never before Printed. Printed by T. N. for Henry Herringman at the sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1670. (Contains Poems, Alaham, Mustapha, Coelica, a Letter to an Honourable Lady a Letter of Travell.)

The Works in verse and prose complete of the Lord Brooke. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 4 vols. Fuller Worthies’ Library. 1868.

The Tragedy of Mustapha. 1609.

The life of the renowned Sr Philip Sidney. With the true interest of England, as it then stood in relation to all forrain princes: and particularly for suppressing the power of Spain, stated by him. His principall Actions, Counsels, Designes, and Death. Together with a short account of the maxims and policies used by Queen Elizabeth in her government. Written by Sir Fulke Grevil, Knight, Lord Brook, a Servant to Queen Elizabeth, and his Companion and Friend. 1652. Ed. Brydges, E. 2 vols. Lee Priory, 1816. Ed. Smith, N. Oxford, 1907. [Fully annotated.]

See Bolton, E., Hypercritica, 1622; Hunter’s Chorus Vatum MS., Brit. Mus. Addit, MS. 24492, f. 107; A Tractate called the Patron, Brit. Mus. Addit. MS. 4839, f. 131; Walpole, H., Royal and Noble Authors, II, 220, 1806.


Workes. Containing Satyrs, Epigrams, Eclogues, Sonnets, and Poems. Whereunto is annexed a Paraphrase on the Creed and the Lords Prayer. 1620.

Juvenilia. A Collection of those Poemes which were heretofore imprinted. 1622. Ed. Gutch, J. M. Bristol, 1820.

Divine Poems (by way of Paraphrase) on the Ten Commandments. Ed. Elizabeth Barry (Wither’s daughter). 1688.

Poems. Ed. Morley, H. 1891.

Epithalamia; or Nuptiall Poems. 1612. Rptd. 1633.

Prince Henrie’s Obsequies, or Mournefull Elegies upon his death. 1612.

Abuses Stript and Whipt: or satyricall essayes. Divided into two bookes. 1613, 1617. Also 1632, containing Epithalamia and The Shepheards Hunting.

Fidelia. 1615. Newly corrected and augmented. 1619. Arpt. of the 1615 edition in Arber’s An English Garner, vol. VI, 1883.

Shepherds Hunting, The: being certaine Eglogues written during the time of the Authors Imprisonment in the Marshalsey. 1615.

Wither’s Motto, Nec habeo, nec Careo, nec Curo. London (?) 1621(?).

Faire-Virtue, the Mistresse of Phil’arete. A Miscelany of Epigrams, Sonnets, Epitaphs, etc. 1622. Rptd. in Arber’s An English Garner, vol. IV, 1882.

Verses intended to the King’s Majesty, by Major G. W., whilst he was prisoner in Newgate. 1622.

The Hymnes and Songs of the Church, divided into two parts. 1624? Ed. Farr, E., in Library of Old Authors. 1857–8.

Schollers Purgatory, The, discovered in the Stationers Commonwealth, and described in a Discorse Apologeticall. 1625(?).

Britain’s Remembrancer, containing a narration of the Plague lately past; a declaration of the mischiefs present, and a prediction of judgments to come, if repentence prevent not. 1628.

Collection of Emblemes, A, ancient and modern. 1634–5.

Halelujah, or Britans second Remembrancer bringing to Remembrance (in praisefull and Poenitentiall Hymns, Spirituall Songs, and Morall Odes) Meditations, advancing the glory of God, in the practise of Pietie and Vertue; and applyed to easie Tunes, to be sung in Families, etc. Composed in a threefold Volume, by George Wither. The first, contains Hymns Occasionall. The second, Hymns Temporary. The third, Hymns Personall. That all Persons, according to their Degrees, and Qualities, may at all Times, and upon all eminent Occasions, be remembered to praise God; and to be mindfull of their Duties. One woe is past, the second, passing on; Beware the third, if this, in vain be gone. 1641. Ed. Farr, E., in Library of Old Authors. 1857–8.

Campo-Musae, or the field-musings of Captain George Wither, touching his Military Engagement for the King and Parliament, the justnesse of the same, and the present distractions of these Islands. 1643.

Wither’s prophesie of the downfal of Antichrist. 1644.

Letter of Advice touching the choice of Knights and Burgesses for the Parliament. 1645.

Vox Pacifica; a Voice tending to the Pacification of God’s wrath. 1645.

Justifiarius justificatus: Justice justified. 1646.

Opobalsamum Anglicanum: an English Balme, lately pressed out of shurb, and spread upon these papers. 1646.

Carmen expostulatorium, or a timely expostulation with those both of the city of London and the present armie. 1647.

Carmen Eucharisticon: a private thank-oblation exhibited to the glory of the Lord of Hosts. 1649.

British Appeals with Gods mercifull replies, on the behalfe of the Common-Wealth of England. 1651.

Dark Lantern, The, containing a dim discoverie. 1653.

Three private Meditations. 1655.

Epistolium-vagum-prosa-metricum; or an Epistle at randome, in prose and metre. 1659.

Petition, The, and narrative of G. W. Esq. concerning his many grievances and long sufferings. 1659.

Fides-Anglicana. Or, a plea for the publick-faith of these nations. 1660.

Speculum Speculativum: or a considering glass. 1660.

Tudor-Poeticus. A Poetick-Phrensie. 1660.

Paralellogrammaton. An epistle to the three nations of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 1662.

Echoes from the Sixth Trumpet. Reverberated by a review of neglected remembrances. 1666.

Nil Ultra; or, the Last Works of Captain G. W. 1668.

Vox Vulgi. A poem in censure of the Parliament of 1661. Macray, W. D. Anecdota Bodleiana. Pt. 2. 1879 ff.


Arber, E. An English Garner. Vol. IV. 1882. Vol. VI. 1883.

Aubrey, J. Brief Lives. Ed. Clarke, A. Vol. I, 221; Vol. II, 306–7. Oxford, 1898.

Hunter’s Chorus Vatum MS., Brit. Mus. Addit. MS. 24491, f. 24.

Lamb, C. See works, ed. Lucas, E. V., 7 vols. 1903–5.

Spenser Society. The reprints of Wither’s Works between 1870 and 1883. 20 pts.

Wood, A. à. Athenae Oxonienses. Ed. Bliss, P. Vol. III, 761–75. 1813.


Poems. Ed. Dyce, A. 1842.

Poems of Sir H. Wotton, Sir W. Raleigh and others. Ed. Hannah, J. 1845 ff.

A panegyrick of king Charles; being observations upon the inclination, life, and government of our sovereign lord the King. 1649.

Reliquiae Wottonianae; or a collection of lives, letters, poems; with characters of sundry personages: and other incomparable pieces of language and art Ed. with life by Walton, Izaak. 1651. Third edition with large additions. 1672. Fourth edition with additions and several letters to Lord Zouch, never publish’d till now. 1685.

The State of Christendom; or a most exact and curious discovery of many secret passages and hidden mysteries of the Times. 1657.

Letters to Sir Edmund Bacon. 1661.

Ad regem e Scotia reducem H. Wottoni plausus et vota. Monarchia Britannica. 1681.

A short view of the life and death of George Villiers Duke of Buckingham. Harleian Miscellany, vol. VIII. 1744.

Letter to John Milton, in Comus, a mask. 1747.

The elements of Architecture. In A second collection of scarce and valuable Tracts, vol. I, 1750. Ed. Prideaux, S. T. 1903.

A parallel between the Earl of Essex and the Duke of Buckingham. 1753.


Smith, L. P. The Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton. 2 vols. 1907.

Walton, Izaak. The Life of Sir Henry Wotton. 1670. Also in the 1651 and earlier editions of Reliquiae Wottonianae.

Ward, A. W. Sir Henry Wotton: a biographical sketch. 1898.