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Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)   By: (fl. 1611)

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=Philos and Licia= (1624) by Anonymous

=Pyramus and Thisbe= (1617) by Dunstan Gale

=The Love of Dom Diego and Ginevra= (1596) by Richard Lynche

=Mirrha= (1607) by William Barksted

=Hiren= (1611) by William Barksted

=Amos and Laura= (1613) by Samuel Page

=The Scourge of Venus= (1613) by H.A.




Gainesville, Florida SCHOLARS' FACSIMILES & REPRINTS 1967


1605 N. W. 14th Avenue

Gainesville, Florida, 32601, U.S.A.

Harry R. Warfel, General Editor

To Mary Joan

L. C. Catalog Card Number: 67 10125



Introduction VII

=A Pleasant and Delightfull Poeme of Two Lovers, Philos and Licia.= 1

=Pyramus and Thisbe.= By Dunstan Gale. 37

=The Love of Dom Diego and Ginevra.= By Richard Lynche. 61

=Mirrha the Mother of Adonis: or, Lustes Prodegies.= By William Barksted. 103

=Hiren: or The Faire Greeke.= By William Barksted. 169

=The Love of Amos and Laura.= By Samuel Page. 213

=The Scourge of Venus.= By H.A. 229


Professor Elizabeth Story Donno, in her recent =Elizabethan Minor Epics= (New York, 1963), has made an important contribution to both scholarship and teaching. Not only has she brought together for the first time in one volume most of the extant Elizabethan minor epics, but in so doing, she has hastened the recognition that the minor epic, or "epyllion" as it has often been called in modern times,[1] is a distinctive literary genre as deserving of study as the sonnet, the pastoral, or the verse satire.

The purpose of the present volume is to supplement and complement Professor Donno's collection by making available in facsimile seven minor epics of the English Renaissance omitted from it. With the publication of these poems all the known, surviving minor epics of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods will for the first time be made available for study in faithful reproductions of the earliest extant editions.

Of the seven minor epics included here, three =A Pleasant and Delightfull Poeme of Two Lovers, Philos and Licia=, =STC= 19886 (1624); Dunstan Gale's =Pyramus and Thisbe=, =STC= 11527 (1617); and S[amuel] P[age's] =The Love of Amos and Laura= (1613)[2] have not previously been reprinted in modern times. And of these three, one, =Philos and Licia=, though listed in the =Short Title Catalogue=, seems not to have been noticed by Renaissance scholars, nor even by any of the principal bibliographers except William C. Hazlitt, who gives this unique copy bare mention as a book from Robert Burton's collection.[3]

The remaining four books R[ichard] L[ynche's][4] =The Amorous Poeme of Dom Diego and Ginevra= published with Lynche's =Diella, Certaine Sonnets=, =STC= 17091 (1596); William Barksted's =Mirrha The Mother of Adonis: Or, Lustes Prodegies=, =STC= 1429 (1607), published with =Three Eglogs= by Lewes Machin; Barksted's =Hiren: or The Faire Greeke=, =STC= 1428 (1611); and H. A's =The Scourge of Venus, or, The Wanton Lady. With the Rare Birth of Adonis=, =STC= 968 (1613) have been edited by the "indefatigable" Alexander B. Grosart in =Occasional Issues of Very Rare Books= (Manchester, 1876 77), limited to 50 copies each and hence extremely scarce today.[5] =Dom Diego and Ginevra= was also reprinted by Edward Arber in =An English Garner=, VII (Birmingham, 1883), 209 240. With the exception of =Philos and Licia=, these poems are printed in their approximate order of composition from 1596 to 1613.[6]


As befits the paucity of their known literary productions, the authors of these poems have in common chiefly their anonymity, or a degree of obscurity approaching it... Continue reading book >>

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