Poetry from Chaucer to Spenser
based on "Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575
Opening with extracts from Chaucer s Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser s Shepherd s Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries.
1. Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 1400):.
From The Canterbury Tales:.
The General Prologue.
The Wife of Bath s Prologue and Tale.
The Pardoner s Prologue and Tale.
2. William Langland (fl.1375 80):.
The Vision of Piers Plowman (C Text) (extracts).
3. The Gawain Poet (fl. 1390):.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Fit 3.
4. Robert Henryson (c. 1430 c. 1505):.
The Testament of Cresseid.
The Fox and the Wolf.
The Wolf and the Wether.
5. William Dunbar (c. 1456 c. 1515):.
Meditation in Winter.
Christ in Triumph.
The Golden Targe (extracts).
The Treatise of the Two Married Women and the Widow (extracts).
‘Timor Mortis Conturbat Me .
6. Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503 42):.
‘The longe love, that in my thought doeth harbor .
‘Who so list to hunt, I knowe where is an hynde .
‘Farewell, Love, and all thy lawes for ever .
‘My galy charged with forgetfulnes .
‘Madame, withouten many wordes ;.
‘They fle from me that sometyme did me seke .
‘What no, perdy, ye may be sure! .
‘Marvaill no more all tho .
‘Tho I cannot your crueltie constrain .
‘To wish and want and not obtain .
‘Some tyme I fled the fyre that me brent .
‘The furyous gonne is his rajing yre .
‘My lute, awake! perfourme the last .
‘In eternum I was ons determed .
‘Hevyn and erth and all that here me plain .
‘To cause accord or to agre .
‘You that in love finde lucke and habundaunce .
‘What rage is this? what furour of what kynd? .
‘Is it possible? .
‘Forget not yet the tryde entent .
‘Blame not my lute for he must sownde .
‘What shulde I saye .
‘Spight hath no powre to make me sadde .
‘I abide and abide and better abide .
‘Stond who so list upon the slipper toppe .
‘Throughout the world, if it wer sought .
‘In court to serve decked with freshe aray .
7. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517 47):.
‘When raging love with extreme payne .
‘The soote season, that bud and blome furth bringes .
‘Set me wheras the sonne doth perche the grene .
‘Love, that doth raine and live within my thought .
‘Alas, so all thinges nowe do holde their peace .
‘Geve place, ye lovers, here before .
Epitaph for Wyatt.
8. Edmund Spenser (1552 99):.
From The Shepherd s Calender.
Index of titles and first lines.