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Selected Poetry of Thomas Carew (1595?-by 1640)


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
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Give me more love or more disdain;
The torrid, or the frozen zone,
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
The temperate affords me none
        (Mediocrity in Love Rejected, 1-4)
  1. Disdain Returned
  2. An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of St. Paul's, Dr. John Donne
  3. Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villiers
  4. Ingrateful Beauty Threatened
  5. Mediocrity in Love Rejected
  6. A Song: When June is past, the fading rose
  7. The Spring
  8. To Ben Jonson
  9. To my Inconstant Mistress


Notes on Life and Works

Except for the elegy on Donne, which first appeared in Donne's Poems, 1633, the poems by Carew in this selection were first published shortly after his death, in Poems, 1640. A considerable number of them were set to music, and numerous manuscript versions of this song exist with considerable differences of text.

Biographical information

Given name: Thomas
Family name: Carew
Birth date: 1595?
Death date: by 23 March 1640
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Matthew Carew
          mother: Alice Carew
Language: English
Education
          Merton College (B.A.): 10 June 1608 to 31 January 1611
          Middle Temple
Patron: Sir Dudley Carleton
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Secretary: 1613
Buried at: St Dunstan-in-the-West
First RPO edition: 1997