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AS English Language & Literature: LL1: Section A Poetry pre1900 Anthology
(For examination from January 2012)

INTRODUCTION
This anthology has been compiled to introduce you to the rich poetic tradition in the English
language up to 1900, and to provide an overview of some important literary and linguistic
developments. It…

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WJEC AS English Language & Literature LL1: Section A
Poetry pre1900 Anthology (For examination from January 2012)

CONTENTS

1. LOVE THAT DOTH REIGN AND LIVE WITHIN MY THOUGHT
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (15171547)
2. NEW PRINCE, NEW POMP
Robert Southwell (15611595)
3. SONNET CXXX
William Shakespeare (15641616)
4. SONNET:…

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LOVE THAT DOTH REIGN AND LIVE WITHIN MY THOUGHT

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (15171547)

Love that doth reign and live within my thought,
And built his seat within my captive breast,
Clad in the arms wherein with me he fought,
Oft in my face he doth his banner…

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NEW PRINCE, NEW POMP

Robert Southwell (15611595)

Behold, a seely tender babe
In freezing winter night
In homely manger trembling lies,
Alas, a piteous sight!

The inns are full, no man will yield
This little pilgrim bed,
But forced he is with seely beasts
In crib to shroud his…

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SONNET CXXX

William Shakespeare (15641616)

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
Coral is far more red, than her lips' red,
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head:
I have seen roses damask'd, red and…

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SONNET: BATTER MY HEART

John Donne (15721631)

Batter my heart, threeperson'd God for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow mee, and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn, and make mee new.
I, like an usurpt towne,…

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TO VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME

Robert Herrick (15911674)

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still aflying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,
The higher he's agetting
The sooner will his race be…

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SONNET XIX: ON HIS BLINDNESS

John Milton (16081674)

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker,…

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TO MY DEAR AND LOVING HUSBAND

Anne Bradstreet (16121672)

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole…

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THE MOWER AGAINST GARDENS

Andrew Marvell (16211678)

Luxurious man, to bring his vice in use,
Did after him the world seduce
And from the fields the flowers and plants allure,
Where Nature was most plain and pure.
He first enclosed within the garden's square
A dead and standing pool of…

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