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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by

DERBY & JACKSON,

Iu the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

w W. H. TINSON, Stereotyper.

GEO. RUSSELL & Co., Printers.

PREFACE.

My object in this volume is to present specimens of English love-poetry, especially that which is, or seems to be, addressed to particular women—" the Loves and Heroines of the Poets, and to give, as concisely as possible, all that is known concerning them. I begin with the three great Italian poets, because I conceive their love-sonnets-above all, Petrarch's--to have been the models after which our early poets shaped their amorous fancies. Wyatt and Surrey, even when most original, are little better than imitators of Petrarch. Indeed, so notorious was this fact in the generation immediately succeeding them, that they were said to have travelled in Italy, and to have brought their art from thence. I trace the course of love-poetry in English Literature from Wyatt to the poets of the present day. I have gone over the ground carefully, and have selected what seemed to me the best specimens for a volume of this kind.

The poetic literature of the age of Elizabeth and the times of Charles the First and Second, is largely represented. I have arranged my materials chronologically, giving the dates at which the different poems were written, wherever they were known, or at least the dates and names of the volumes in which, as far as I could ascertain, they were first printed : where there was nothing positive to guide me, I have arranged them conjecturally. When I could consult the early editions, I have done so, although I have not always followed their readings, when a later one seemed better. I have chosen authenticated portraits, when I could obtain them, in preference to ideal heads, greatly, I think, to the permanent value of the work. For some of the best of these illustrations I am indebted to my friend Barry, who has copied from their scarce originals the portraits of Laura, Beatrice, and Geraldine, and drawn from his imagination the ideal heads of Shakespeare's Mistress, Burns's Highland Mary, and Coleridge's Genevieve.

R. H. S.

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He desires to die

15 He prays that she will be near him

15 He would die of grief

16 Since her death, he has ceased to live

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“Ah me! it is a cruel destiny"

"One day my lady at a balcony"

"Three high-born dames it was my lot"

"She, wlio a maiden, taught me, love"

66 Anger a champion bold”

66 Wandering Ulysses

6A hell of torment

THOMAS WYATT.

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NOTE

The lover prayeth his offered heart

The lover forsaketh his unkind love

The lover despairing to attain

The deserted lover consoleth himself

34 Į The lover curseth the time

35 An earnest suit to his unkind mistress

35 The forsaken lover consoleth himself

36 The lover laments the death of his love

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self

HENRY

HOWARD.

EARL OF SURREY.

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GERALDINE

Description and praise of his love :

Complaint

Request to his love .

A praise of his lady

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