Collected Poems: Robert Southwell, SJ

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-01
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd.
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Presented not only in English but also featuring rare Latin verses accompanied by a faithful new translation, this is the definitive volume of poems of a neglected figure in sixteenth-century literature. New texts are offered based on the manuscripts that were circulated in secret among English Catholics after Southwell's death, returning to the poems some of their original purpose of communicating forbidden theologies and doctrines among a criminalized and near-silenced readership of secret groups.

Author Biography

Robert Southwell, SJ, was an English Jesuit priest and poet who lived from 1561–1595, when he was hanged at Tyburn. Peter Davidson is a professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Aberdeen and the editor of The Clarendon Anthology of Seventeenth Century English Poetry, The Clarendon Poems and Translations of Sir Richard Fanshawe, and Poetry and Revolution. Anne Sweeney is the author of a published monograph on Southwell, Snow in Arcadia: Redrawing the English Lyric Landscape.

Table of Contents

[Epistle]p. 1
To the readerp. 3
The conception of our ladiep. 3
Our ladies nativityep. 4
Our ladyes spousallsp. 4
Our ladies salutationp. 5
The visitationp. 6
The nativity of Christep. 6
The circumsisionp. 7
The epiphanyep. 8
The presentationp. 8
The flight into Egiptp. 9
Christes returne out of Egiptp. 10
Christes childhoodep. 10
The death of our ladiep. 11
The assumption of our ladyp. 11
A childe my choycep. 12
New heaven, new warrep. 13
The burning babep. 14
New prince, new pompep. 15
Sinnes heavy loadep. 15
Christs bloody sweatep. 17
Christes sleeping frendesp. 17
Josephes amazementp. 19
Saint Thomas of Aquines hymne read on corpus Christy daye. Lauda Sion Salvatoremp. 21
Of the blessed sacrament of the aulterp. 23
Saint Peters complayntep. 26
Saint Peters afflicted myndep. 28
Mary Magdalens Blushep. 29
Saint Peters remorsep. 30
Davids Peccavip. 31
Dyers phancy turned to a sinners complaintep. 32
A vale of tearesp. 36
The prodigall chylds soule wrackep. 38
Marie Magdalens complaint at Christs deathp. 40
Decease releasep. 41
I dye without desertp. 42
Mans Civill Warrep. 43
Life is but lossep. 44
Seeke flowers of heavenp. 45
I dye alivep. 46
What joy to livep. 46
Lifes deathes loves lifep. 47
At home in heavenp. 48
Looke homep. 49
Tymes goe by turnesp. 50
Losse in delayep. 51
Loves servile lottp. 52
Lew'd love is lossep. 54
Loves garden griefp. 55
Fortunes falsehoodep. 56
From fortunes reachp. 57
Content and ritchep. 58
Scorne not the leastep. 60
The virgin Mary to Christ on the crossep. 61
Man to the wound in Christs sidep. 62
The author to the readerp. 63
Saint Peters complayntp. 64
[Epitaphs on Lady Margaret Sackville]p. 86
[Lines from a hymn of prudentius]p. 87
Poema de Assumptione B[eatae] V[irginis] M[ariae]p. 88
Filii prodigi porcos pascentis ad Patrem Epistolap. 98
Ad deum in aff[lictione] : elegiap. 104
Ad sanctam Catherinam, virg[inem] et mar[tyrem]p. 105
In renovationem votorum, festis natalis Dominip. 106
In festum Pentecostes, Anno Domini 1580, 21 Maiip. 106
Elegia 7'... Ex luctu populus redditur ipse chalybs'p. 108
Elegia 8 'Dic ubi nunc quod amo est! ubinam quod semper amavi?'p. 110
Elegia 9 Umbra reginae nobiles viros docet, quid sit de rebus hisce fluxis sentiendump. 112
[The] Peeter Playntp. 114
Amenomonp. 118
[Metrical prayer to the Virgin] 'O virgo clemens et pia'p. 118
Poem of dubious authorship upon the image of deathp. 119
Afterword : deciphering Southwellp. 121
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