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Selected Poetry of Henry Howard, earl of Surrey (1517?-1547)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

And coward Love then to the heart apace
Taketh his flight, where he doth lurk and plain
His purpose lost, and dare not show his face.
        (Love that doth Reign and Live within my Thought, 9-11)
  1. The Ages of Man
  2. Alas! so all Things now do Hold their Peace
  3. Certain Books of Virgil's {AE}neis: Book II (excerpt)
  4. The Frailty and Hurtfulness of Beauty
  5. From Tuscan Came my Lady's Worthy Race
  6. The Golden Gift that Nature did thee Give
  7. Lady Surrey's Lament for her Absent Lord
  8. London, hast thou Accused me
  9. Love that doth Reign and Live within my Thought
  10. Of the Death of Sir T. W. The Elder
  11. A Praise of His Love
  12. So Cruel Prison
  13. The Soote Season, that Bud and Bloom forth Brings
  14. The Things That Cause a Quiet Life


Notes on Life and Works

Like Wyatt's poems, Surrey's were circulated in manuscript during his lifetime. A number of them were first printed in Tottel's Miscellany of 1557 (cf. introductory note to Wyatt above). The text in Representative Poetry is based on the manuscript versions of the poems, which were first edited by Nott in 1815-16, and more recently in the scholarly edition of The Poems of Henry Howard Earl of Surrey by F. M. Padelford (Seattle, 1920 and 1928). The sonnets were first printed by Tottell in 1557.

Biographical information

Given name: Henry Howard, earl of
Family name: Surrey
Birth date: 1517?
Death date: 1547