The Poetical Works
Deem ye the Greeks our enemies to be gone?/ Or any Greekish gifts can you suppose / Devoid of guile? Is so Ulysses known?
The Second Book of Virgil’s Æneid, ll. 58–60
Henry Howard,
Earl of Surrey

The Poetical Works

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Sixty selections from the Tudor poet who was the first practitioner of blank verse in English.

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Songs and Sonnets
Description of the restless State of a Lover, with Suit to his Lady, to rue on his dying Heart
Description of Spring, wherein every thing renews, save only the Lover
Description of the restless State of a Lover
Description of the fickle Affections, Pangs, and Slights of Love
Complaint of a Lover that defied Love, and was by Love after the more tormented
Complaint of a Lover rebuked
Complaint of the Lover disdained
Description and Praise of his Love Geraldine
The Frailty and Hurtfulness of Beauty
A Complaint by Night of the Lover not beloved
How each thing, save the Lover in Spring, reviveth to Pleasure
A Vow to love faithfully, howsoever he be rewarded
Complaint that his Lady, after she knew his Love, kept her Face always hidden from him
Request to his Love to join Bounty with Beauty
Prisoned in Windsor, he recounteth his Pleasure there passed
The Lover comforteth himself with the Worthiness of his Love
Complaint of the Absence of her Lover being upon the Sea
Complaint of a dying Lover refused upon his Lady’s unjust mistaking of his Writing
Complaint of the Absence of her Lover, being upon the Sea
A Praise of his Love, wherein he reproveth them that compare their Ladies with his
To his Mistress
To the Lady that scorned her Lover
A Warning to the Lover, how he is abused by his Love
The forsaken Lover describeth and forsaketh Love
The Lover describeth his restless State
The Lover excuseth himself of suspected Change
A careless Man scorning and describing the subtle Usage of Women toward their Lovers
An Answer in the behalf of a Woman. Of an uncertain Author
The constant Lover lamenteth
A Song written by the Earl of Surrey of a Lady that refused to dance with him
The faithful Lover declareth his Pains and his uncertain Joys, and with only Hope recomforteth somewhat his woful Heart
The Means to attain happy Life
Praise of mean and constant Estate
Praise of certain Psalms of David. Translated by Sir Thomas [Wyatt] the elder
Of the Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt
Of the Same
Of the Same
An Epitaph on Clere, Surrey’s faithful Friend and Follower
On Sardanapalus’s dishonourable Life and miserable Death
How no Age is content with his own Estate, and how the Age of Children is the happiest if they had Skill to understand it
Bonum est mihi quod humiliasti me
Exhortation to learn by others’ Trouble
The Fancy of a wearier Lover
A Satire against the Citizens of London
A description of the restless State of the Lover when absent from the Mistress of his Heart
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
A Paraphrase of Some of the Psalms of David
Though, Lord, to Israel
Psalm LV
Psalm VIII
The Second Book of Virgil’s Æneid
The Fourth Book of Virgil’s Æneid
Primus: “My fearful hope from me is fled
Secundus: “Your fearful hope cannot prevail