Henry Constable (1562–1613)

Verse

A calculation of the natiuitye of the Ladie Riches daughter borne vpon friday in the yeare 1588, comonly call'd the yeare of wonder. Sonet 6. (‘Fayre by inheritance, whom borne we see’)

First published in Diana (London, 1592), sig. D3r. Park (1812). Grundy, p. 157.

CoH 1

Copy, headed ‘A Calculation vppon the birth of the Ladye Riches Daughter borne Anno 1588, & on A friday’.

In: A large folio composite verse miscellany, chiefly folio, partly quarto, 243 pages, in contemporary calf. Including 18 poems by Carew and two of doubtful authorship, compiled by Nicholas Burghe (d.1670), Royalist Captain during the Civil War and one of the poor Knights of Windsor in 1661 (references to ‘I Nicholas Burgh’ occurring on ff. 165r, with the date ‘3d of June 1638’, and 166r, and his name partly in cipher on other pages); predominantly in his hand, with some later additions in other hands. c.1638.

Afterwards owned by Elias Ashmole (1617-92), astrologer and antiquary.

Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Burghe MS’: CwT Δ 1.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 52.

CoH 2

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘A Sonet in manner of a calculation on ye natiuitye of a yonge Ladye borne on a friday, in this yeare. 1588’, subscribed ‘H. C.’

In: An octavo composite miscellany of verse and prose, in several secretary, italic and mixed hands, 190 leaves (irregularly numbered), in contemporary limp vellum. c.1580s-1615.

Inscribed (inside front and rear covers) ‘Robert Thornton’ and ‘William Sherida / Wm Sheridan.’

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 28r-v.

CoH 3

Copy, headed ‘The Calculation of the natiuity of the daughter of my Lady Rich borne on a fryday Anno dõ: 1588’.

In: A verse miscellany, including 55 poems which have been attributed to Wyatt (one copied twice) as well as his Penitential Psalms, in several hands, originally compiled by, or for, John Harington of Stepney (1520?-82) and continued by his son, Sir John Harington of Kelston (1560-1612), whose hand occurs frequently in the MS, imperfect, once comprising 228 leaves of which 145 remain. Mid-late 16th century.

This volume described, and the full text edited, with facsimile examples of ff. 53r and 66v, in Hughey. Also discussed in Ruth Hughey, ‘The Harington Manuscript at Arundel Castle and Related Documents’, The Library, 4th Ser. 15 (1934-5), 388-444.

A transcript of the whole MS made c.1810 for George Frederick Nott is in the British Library, Add. MS 28635.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 248. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 149v.

CoH 4

Copy in: A duodecimo verse miscellany, including (ff. 12r-43r) 63 sonnets by Henry Constable, 117 leaves, in brown morocco. c.1620.

Later owned by a Mr Brackman, of Kent. Given by Alderman Bristow, bookseller of Canterbury, to a Mr Todd on 19 November 1800. Afterwards owned by Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), literary scholar and editor.

Cited by editors as the Todd MS.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Dyce MS 44 (Pressmark Dyce 25.F.39), f. 32v.

Complaint of his Ladies melancholynes. Sonet 4. (‘If that one care had oure two hearts possest’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 162.

Complaynt of his Ladies sicknesse. Sonet 5. (‘Vnciuill Sicknesse hast thow no regard’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto sesto’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 163.

CoH 6

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 249. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 151r.

Conclusion of the whole. Sonet 7. (‘Sometymes in verse I prays'd, sometymes I sigh'd’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 178.

An excuse to his Mistrisse for resoluing to loe so worthye a creature. Sonet 7. (‘Blame not my hearte for flying vp so high’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto terzo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 121.

CoH 9

Copy, untitled, numbered ‘2’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 52.

CoH 10

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 245. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 148r.

The fifth Decad. Sonnet. VII (‘Bvt beeing care, thou flyest mee as ill fortune’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Grundy, pp. 200-1.

CoH 12

Copy of lines 2-5, 7-8, headed ‘Of Care:’ and here beginning ‘Care the consuminge Canker of the minde’, transcribed from the version in Robert Tofte's A Blazon of Iealousie (London, 1615), p. 10.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, including seventeen poems by Donne and fifteen by Strode, the main part in a single hand, 334 pages (but pp. 3-4 extracted, and including a later index). Possibly compiled by one ‘W: H:’: i.e. probably William Holgate (1618-46), of Queens' College, Cambridge, with late 17th-century additions apparently made by other members of the Holgate family, of Saffron Walden and Great Bardfield, Essex. c.1630s [-late 17th-century].

Owned in the early 18th century by John Wale, who supplied the index on pp. 330-3. Owned before 1927 by Col. W.G. Carwardine-Probert, of Bures, Suffolk (descendant of the Holgate family).

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Holgate MS’: DnJ Δ 58. Briefly discussed in W.G.P., ‘Verses by Francis Beaumont’, TLS (15 September 1921), p. 596, and in E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare, 2 vols (Oxford, 1930), II, 222-4. Also discussed, with facsimiles on pp. 68 and 70 of pp. 181 and 13, in Michael Roy Denbo, ‘Editing a Renaissance Commonplace Book: The Holgate Miscellany’, in New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, III, ed. W. Speed Hill (Tempe, AZ, 2004). pp. 65-73. For facsimile pages see DnJ 2931 and ShW 25. Complete microfilm in the Essex Record Office (T/A 98).

Pierpont Morgan Library, MA 1057, p. 2.

The first 7 only of the byrth and beginning of his loue. Sonet 1. (‘Resolud to loue vnworthie to obtayne’)

First published, as ‘Sonetto primo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 115.

CoH 13

Copy, headed ‘To the Fairest that hath bene 1’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 52.

CoH 14

Copy, untitled, under the general heading for the series ‘Mr Henry Conestables sonets to the Lady Ritche. 1589’.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 244-5. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 148r.

How he encouraged himselfe to proceede in loue and to hope for favoure in the ende at Loues hands. Sonet 6. (‘It may be Loue doth not my death pretend’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto secundo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 120.

CoH 16

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 248-9. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 150v.

‘I doe the wronge (o Queene) in that I saye’

Unpublished.

CoH 18

Copy, untitled.

In: A quire of poems by Henry Constable, in the mixed hand of Henry Sanford (d.1616), household tutor to the Paget and Carey families, entitled ‘Certen Spirituall Sonnetts to the honner of God and his Sainctes: Withe Nyne other directed by particuler deuotion to :3: blessed Maryes: By Hen. Conestable Esquire’, 16 quarto pages. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 13.

‘It is not pompe of solemne funerall’

Unpublished.

CoH 19

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 12.

The last 7 of the end and death of his loue. Sonet 1. (‘Much sorrowe in it selfe my loue doth move’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto quindeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 171.

CoH 20

Copy, headed ‘8’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 54.

CoH 21

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 247. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 149v.

Of her excellencye both in singing and instruments. Sonet 4. (‘Not that thy hand is soft is sweete is white’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 125.

Of his Ladies goeing over earlye to bed, so depriving him to soone of her sight. Sonet 6. (‘Fayre sun if yow would haue me prayse youre light’)

First published, as ‘Vltomo Sonnetto’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 135.

CoH 24

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 252. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 152v.

Of his Ladies vayle wherewith she covered her. Sonet: 3. (‘The fouler hydes as closely as he may’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto deciotto’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 132.

CoH 26

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘To his Ladye wearing a vaile ouer hir heade’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 27v.

CoH 27

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 251-2. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 152v.

Of his Mistrisse vpon occasion of a friend of his which disswaded him from louing. Sonet 5. (‘A friend of myne moaning my helplesse loue’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto settimo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 134.

CoH 29

Copy, headed ‘3’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 53.

CoH 30

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 246. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 148v.

Of the byrth of his loue. Sonet 2. (‘Fly low (deare Loue) thy sun dost thow not see?’)

First published, as Sonnetto quinto, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 116.

CoH 32

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 245. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 148v.

Of the conspiracie of his Ladies eyes and his owne to ingender loue. Sonet 3. (‘Thyne eye the glasse where I behold my hearte’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto nono’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 117.

CoH 34

Copy, headed ‘7’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 54.

Of the death of my Ladie Riches daughter shewing the reason of her vntimelye death hindred her effecting those things which by the former calculation of her natiuitye he foretold. Sonet 7. (‘He that by skill of stars doth fates foretell’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 170.

Of the discouragement he had to proceed in loue through the multitude of his Ladies perfections and his owne lownesse. sonet 5. (‘When youre perfections to my thoughts appeare’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto decinoue’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 119.

CoH 37

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 25r.

CoH 38

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 247-8. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 150r.

Of the envie others beare to his Ladie for the former perfections. Sonet 6. (‘What beautie to the world vouchsafes this blisse’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 127.

Of the excellencye of his Ladies voyce. Sonet 3. (‘Ladies of Ladies the delight alone’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 124.

Of the prowesse of his Ladie. Sonet 5. (‘Sweete Soueraigne sith so many mynds remayne’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 126.

Of the slander enuye giues him for so highlye praysing his Mistrisse. Sonet 7. (‘Falselye doth envie of youre prayses blame’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto tredeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 128.

CoH 43

Copy of a version beginning ‘ffalse the report, & vniust is ye blame’, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated and the variant lines (1-8, 13-14) edited in Grundy, pp. 128-9.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 26v.

CoH 44

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 246-7. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 149r.

Of the suddeyne surprizing of his hearte, and how vnawares he was caught. Sonet 4. (‘Delight in youre bright eyes my death did breede’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 118.

Of the thoughtes he nourished by night when he was retired to bed. Sonet 7. (‘The sun his iourney ending in the west’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto quatro’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 136.

CoH 47

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 249. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 150v.

The second parte. The first 7 to oure Q: and the K. of Scots. To the Q: after his returne oute of Italye. Sonet 1. (‘Not longe agoe in Poland traveiling’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 137.

The second 7 of his Ladies prayse. An exhortation to the reader to come and see his Mistrisse beautie. Sonet 1. (‘Eyes curiouse to behold what nature can create’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 122.

The second 7. To particular Ladies whome he most honoured. to the princes of Orange. Sonet 1. (‘If nature for her workes proud euer were’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 144.

Sonet 2. (‘Ladye in beautye and in favoure rare’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto decimo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 123.

CoH 52

Copy, headed ‘2’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 53.

CoH 53

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS colated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 25r-v.

CoH 54

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 250. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 151v.

Sonet 2. (‘Needs must I leaue and yet needs must I loue’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 172.

CoH 56

Copy, headed ‘9’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 54.

Sonet 2. (‘Wonder it is and pitie tis that she’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto quaterdeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 160.

CoH 58

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 251. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 152r.

Sonet 3. (‘My reason absent did myne eyes require’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto dodeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 173.

CoH 60

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled, here beginning ‘Reason absent did mine eyes require’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 28r.

CoH 61

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 250. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 151v.

Sonet 3. (‘Pittye refusing my poore loue to feed’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto sedeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 161.

CoH 63

Copy, headed ‘5’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 53.

CoH 64

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 251. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 152r.

Sonet 4. (‘Each day new proofes of new dispaire I find’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 174.

CoH 66

Copy, headed ‘12’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 55.

Sonet 5. (‘Myne eye with all the deadlie sinnes is fraught’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto vndeci’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, pp. 175-6.

CoH 68

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 53.

CoH 69

Copy of a probably early version, in a secretary hand, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy and printed in full (as a possible ‘first draft’), pp. 175-6.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 25v.

CoH 70

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 246. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 149r.

Sonet 6. (‘Deare though from me youre gratiouse lookes depart’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 164.

Sonet 6. (‘If true loue might true loues reward obtayne’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto ottauo’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 177.

CoH 73

Copy, headed ‘11’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 55.

CoH 74

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 249-50. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 151r.

Sonet 7. (‘If euer any iustlye might complayne’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 165.

The thyrd parte. The first 7 of seuerall complaynts of misfortune in loue onlye. Sonet 1. (‘Now now I loue indeed and suffer more’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 159.

The thyrd 7 of seuerall occasions and accidents happening in the life tyme of his loue Of his Mistrisse vpon occasion of her walking in a garden. Sonet 1. (‘My Ladies presence makes the roses red’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto decisette’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 130.

CoH 78

Copy, headed ‘H. Constables verses of his mris vpo occasion of her walking in a garden’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, almost entirely in a single cursive secretary hand, with a later title-page supplied in 1832, x + 116 leaves (plus blanks), in 19th-century black leather elaborately gilt. Inscribed (f. 1r), possibly by the compiler, ‘Richardus Jackson 1623’ and ‘Richard Jackson his booke’, who is described in a later pencil note as perhaps the brachygrapher. On ff. 113v-16r, in a later hand, is a ‘Catalogue of ye Books lately belonging to ye. Rev. Mr Jackson Rectr of Tatham’. c.1628-30s.

Also inscribed (f. 1r) ‘John Pecke’. Sold by Thomas Thorpe, bookseller, in 1831-2. Among collections of James Orchard Halliwell (from 1872 Halliwell-Phillipps) (1820-89), literary scholar and book collector. Bought by him in 1871 from Sotheran's, London.

A 247-page transcript of this volume made c.1830 is in the Folger Shakespeare Library, MS M.b.26.

Edinburgh University Library, MS H.-P. Coll. 401, f. 105v.

CoH 79

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, ff. 27v-8r.

CoH 80

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 247. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 149v.

The thyrd 7 to seuerall persons vpon sundrye occasions. To the princesse of Orange vpon occasion of the murther of her father and husband Sonet 1. (‘When murdring hands, to quench the thirst of tyrannie’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 152.

To God the Father (‘Greate God: within whose symple essence, wee’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnetts, p. 3. Grundy, p. 183.

CoH 83

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 3.

CoH 84

Copy in: A quarto composite volume of papers relating to religious matters, in various hands, 42 leaves, in moderrn crushed morocco gilt. Incorporating (ff. 31r-40r) a series of seventeen ‘Spirituall Sonnettes To the honour of God: and hys Sayntes. by H: C:’[i.e. Henry Constable], in a single secretary hand of the late 16th-early 17th century.

Facsimile of the first page of the Spiritual Sonnets in DLB, vol. 136, Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Writers. Second Series, ed. David A. Richardson (Detroit, 1994), p. 50

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy. Facsimile example of f. 32r in Grundy, facing p. 183.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 32r.

To God the Holy-ghost. (‘Aeternall spryght: which art in heaven the Love’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnetts, p. 4. Grundy, p. 184.

CoH 85

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 4.

CoH 86

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 33r.

To God the Sonne (‘Greate Prynce of heaven begotten of that kyng’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnetts, p. 4. Grundy, pp. 183-4.

CoH 87

Copy, here beginning ‘Younge Prince of Heauen begotten of that Kinge’.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 3.

CoH 88

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 32v.

To his Ladies hand vpon occasion of her gloue which in her absence he kissed. Sonet 2. (‘Sweet hand the sweet (yet cruell) bowe thow art’)

First published, as ‘Sonnetto vinti’, in Diana (London, 1592). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 131.

CoH 89

Copy, headed ‘Vpon ocasion of his mris gloue wch in her absence he kissed’, here beginning ‘Sweetest hand...’.

In: the MS described under CoH 78. c.1628-30s.

Edinburgh University Library, MS H.-P. Coll. 401, f. 105v.

CoH 90

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘To his Ladyes hand’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 27v.

CoH 91

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 3. Mid-late 16th century.

Edited from this MS in Hughey, I, 252. Collated in Grundy.

The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle, MSS (Special Press), ‘Harrington MS. Temp. Eliz.’, f. 153r.

To his Mistrisse (‘Grace full of grace though in these verses heere’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 113.

CoH 93

Copy, the first of the sequence headed ‘H. C. Sonets’ and followed by the prose summary ‘The order of the booke’.

In: the MS described under CoH 4. c.1620.

Edited from this MS in Park and in Grundy. Facsimiles of f. 12r in Grundy, facing p. 113, and in DLB, vol. 136, Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Writers. Second Series, ed. David A. Richardson (Detroit, 1994), p. 48.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Dyce MS 44 (Pressmark Dyce 25.F.39), f. 12r.

To his mistris curteously intertayning him after hard & disgratious words. (‘My hope laye gasping on his dying bedd’)

First published in Edward Dowden, ‘An Elizabethan MS. Collection: Henry Constable’, Modern Quarterly of Language and Literature, 1, No. 1 (March 1898), 3-4. Grundy, p. 180.

CoH 94

Copy, in a predominantly secretary hand, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

Edited from this MS in Dowden and in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 25r.

To his Mistrisse vpon occasion of a Petrarch he gaue her, shewing her the reason why the Italian Commenters dissent so much in the exposition thereof. Sonet 4. (‘Miracle of the world I neuer will denye’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 133.

To Mr. Hilliard vpon occasion of a picture he made of my Ladie Rich. Sonet 7. (‘If Michael the archpainter now did liue’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 158.

To my Ladye Arbella. Sonet 4 (‘That worthie Marquesse pride of Italie’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 148.

To my Ladie Rich. Sonet 6. (‘O that my songe like to a ship might be’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 150.

CoH 98

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled and unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 27r.

To our blessed Lady (‘In that (O Queene of queenes) thy byrth was free’)

First published in John Donne, Poems (London, 1635). Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 5. The Poems of John Donne, ed. Herbert J. C. Grierson (2 vols, Oxford, 1912), I, 427. Grundy, p. 185.

CoH 100

Copy, headed ‘To our Ladye’.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 5.

CoH 101

Copy, headed ‘Vpon the virgin Mary’.

In: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and prose, in a single neat largely italic hand, 155 leaves, in modern half-morocco. c.1630.

The table of contents (f. 155v) subscribed ‘Margrett Bellasys’, possibly the daughter of Thomas Belasyse (1577-1652), first Viscount Fauconberg of Henknowle. The front endpaper later inscribed ‘The pieces which I have extracted for “The Specimens” are, Page 91, 211, 265’: i.e. possibly by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), editor of Specimens of the British Poets first published in 1809. Afterwards owned by Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Evans (Sotheby's), 29 February 1836 (Heber sale, Part VIII), lot 13.

This MS collated in Grierson.

British Library, Add. MS 10309, f. 152v.

CoH 102

Copy, headed ‘A Sonnet on the virgin’.

In: A small octavo verse miscellany, written from both ends, predominantly in a single hand in variant styles (ff. 1v-79v, 80r, 88v-96v, 119r-117r rev.), with additions in later hands (ff. 97r-104v, 116v-106r rev.), 164 leaves, in modern half red morocco. Inscribed (f. 1v, in a court hand) ‘Daniell Leare his Booke’, ‘witnesse William Strode’, and (f. 164r) ‘Mr Daniell Leare eius Liber’: i.e. compiled chiefly by Daniel Leare, a distant cousin of the poet William Strode, probably at Christ Church, Oxford, before he entered the Middle Temple in 1633. c.1633 [-late 17th century].

This suggestion, by Mary Hobbs, is supported by entries in the Caution Book of 1625-41 at Christ Church, where Strode is found (p. 22) paying £10 as college security for Leare and where Leare signs (p. 23) on this sum's repayment by Dr Fell on 13 May 1633. Forey suggests (p. lxxix) that he was the Daniell Leare of St Andrews, Holburne, whose will was proved in 1652; but it is more likely that he was the Daniel Leare to whom Henry King, Dean of Rochester, leased property at Chatham on 19 July 1655 (National Archives, Kew, SP 18/99/61). Daniel Leare's wife, Dorothy, was a member of the Hubert family with whom King was associated by virtue of the marriage of his sister Dorothy.

The volume includes 12 poems by Donne; 15 poems (plus a second copy of one and three of doubtful authorship) by Carew; 20 poems (plus two of uncertain authorship) by Corbett; and 84 poems (plus second copies of eight poems, four poems of doubtful authorship and some apocryphal poems) by Strode, the texts being closely related to, and in part probably transcribed from, the ‘Corpus MS’ of Strode's poems (StW Δ 1).

Inscribed also ‘John Leare’ (probably Daniel's younger brother); (f. 1r) ‘Anthony Euans his booke’ (who married Daniel Leare's niece Dorothy Leare in 1663); (f. 1v) ‘Alexander Croke his Book 1773’; and (f. 164v) ‘John Scott’ (who matriculated at Christ Church in 1632). Rimell & Son, 9 November 1878.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), and II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Leare MS’: DnJ Δ 41, CwT Δ 15, CoR Δ 4, and StW Δ 10.

Discussed in Mary Hobbs, An Edition of the Stoughton Manuscript (unpub. Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1973), pp. 185-90; in her ‘Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellanies and their Value for Textual Editors’, EMS, 1 (1989), 192-210 (pp. 189-90); and in her Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellany Manuscripts (Aldershot, 1992), passim, with facsimile examples of ff. 79-80 facing p. 87.

British Library, Add. MS 30982, f. 8r.

CoH 103

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 34r.

CoH 104

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in one or more secretary hands, with (ff. 244r-54r) a first-line index, 254 leaves, in modern half-morocco, poems on ff. 34v and 242v dated 1637. Including 91 poems and some prose works by John Donne and fourteen poems by Thomas Carew. c.1637.

Among the collections of Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (1776-1839), first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham, largely derived from the collection of the antiquary Thomas Astle (1735-1803), which in turn chiefly derived from Astle's father-in-law, the Essex historian Philip Morant (1700-70) (see DnJ Δ 15). Later owned by Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as ‘Stowe MS II’: DnJ Δ 44 and ‘Stowe MS’: CwT Δ 22.

This MS recorded in Grierson, I, 427.

British Library, Stowe MS 962, f. 114r.

CoH 105

Copy in: A quarto volume of 169 poems by Donne, plus some prose works by him, together with a few poems by others, almost entirely in a single hand, with a table of contents, viiii + ‘440’ pages (plus blanks, the pagination jumping from 156 to 161 and from 339 to 400), with an alphabetical first-line index (pp. [iii-vi]), in modern calf. Mainly transcribed from Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8468 (the ‘Luttrell MS’: DnJ Δ 18), with a title-page (p. i) inscribed ‘The Poems of D.J. Donne (not yet imprinted)...finished this 12 of October 1632’. It bears corrections in two hands (one possibly the original scribe) made from the 1633 edition of Donne's Poems, many of the poems headed ‘P.’ (signifying ‘Printed’), with some annotated in red ink ‘Not Printed’. The largest known MS collection of Donne's poems and apparently used in the preparation of the second edition of the Poems (1635). [1635].

According to the compiler of the partial transcript of this MS (Harvard MS Eng 966.2), the O'Flahertie MS belonged to ‘the late Dr Parnel, Arch Deacon of Clogher’: i.e. Thomas Parnell (1679-1718), poet and essayist, ‘and after his decease to Mr. Thos: Burton of Dublin, and [was] obtained from him by the Editor.’ Sold at Puttick & Simpson's, 28 April 1856 (Francis Moore sale), lot 975. Later owned by the Rev. T.R. O'Flahertie (fl.1861-94), vicar of Capel, near Dorking, Surrey, book collector. Sotheby's, 25-27 July 1899, lot 384, to Ellis. Described in Ellis and Elvey's sale catalogue No. 93 (November 1899), the relevant pages of which are inserted in the MS. Formerly MS Nor 4504.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) as the ‘O'Flahertie MS’: DnJ Δ 17.

This MS recorded in Grierson, I, 427.

Harvard, MS Eng 966.5, [unspecified page number].

CoH 106

Copy in: A quarto volume of 84 poems by Donne, plus some prose works by him, together with a few poems by others, in a single secretary hand, 343 pages, in later half purple morocco marbled boards, dated at the end (p. 343) ‘19th, Julij 1620’. 1620.

Bookplate of Thomas Stephens of the Inner Temple (perhaps the Thomas Stephens who was at the Inner Temple in 1717 or else his son, Thomas, who was there in 1725). Later owned by F.W. Cosens (1819-89), book collector; and purchased from Bernard Quaritch in 1896 by Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), American professor and art historian. Formerly MS Nor 4500.

Cited in IELM, I.i, as the ‘Stephens MS’: DnJ Δ 23. Used extensively in The Complete Poems of John Donne, D.D., ed. Alexander B. Grosart, 2 vols (privately printed, 1872-3). Briefly discussed in C. E. Norton, ‘The Text of Donne's Poems’, [Harvard] Studies and Notes in Philology and Literature, 5 (1896), 1-22 (pp. 6-10).

This MS recorded in Grierson, I, p. 427.

Harvard, MS Eng 966.6, [unspecified page number].

CoH 107

Copy, headed ‘On the blessed virgin’.

In: A small quarto volume of 123 poems by Donne plus some of his Paradoxes, Problems and characters, together with some poems by others, 185 leaves (including blanks on ff. 141r-61v) plus nine further blanks on ff. 185v-94v, inscribed ‘L: ll: N: 6./6’ on f. 1r and ‘Dr: Donne’ within a gilt grid on f. 3r, in contemporary vellum with initials ‘F B’ [Frances Bridgewater] in gilt and a smudged watercolour central lozenge on the upper cover. In a single, neat, predominantly roman hand (but for entries on ff. 105v-15r in a less neat cursive hand), and with various corrections or emendations throughout possibly in another hand. c.1622-32.

Once owned by Frances (née Stanley) Egerton (1583-1636), Countess of Bridgewater, and her husband John Egerton (1579-1649), first Earl of Bridgewater. Listed in ‘A Catalogue of my Ladies Bookes at London Taken October .27th 1627’ (Huntington, EL 6495) as No. 3, ‘The Lamentaons of Jeremy in verse by Dr Donne, 8o’, among ‘Paper Bookes of diverse volumes’ after the date 26 April 1631 and before a new list in a different hand under the date 17 April 1632.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Bridgewater MS’: DnJ Δ 24.

This MS collated in Grierson.

Huntington, EL 6893, f. 131r.

CoH 108

Copy, in William Parkhurst's hand.

In: A folio composite volume of state letters, tracts, and verse, collected by, and mostly in the hand of, William Parkhurst (fl.1604-67), Sir Henry Wotton's secretary in Venice and later Master of the Mint, including various works in verse and prose attributed to Donne, chiefly in a scribal hand, partly in Parkhurst's hand, 373 leaves (including blanks), in old calf.

Among the papers of the Finch family of Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland. Mistakenly reported by Grierson and Logan Pearsall Smith to have been destroyed in a fire at Burley c.1908.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Burley MS’: DnJ Δ 53. Recorded in HMC, 7th Report (1879), Appendix, p. 516. A complete microfilm of the MS is at the University of Sheffield, Microfilm 737.

A neat transcript of parts of the Burley MS (including principally poems on ff. 255r-v, 278v, [279r]-288v, 342v-3r, 294r-300r, 301r-8v), made before 1908, on 35 leaves, is in the Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. c. 80.

Leicestershire Record Office, DG. 7/Lit. 2, f. 286r.

CoH 109

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, in a single italic hand, entitled Gospell Obseruations & Religius manifestations, 370 pages, in contemporary calf. Entirely in the hand of Robert Overton (1608/9-1678/9), parliamentarian army officer, whose signature appears on a flyleaf. Prepared as a memorial and tribute to his wife, Ann Gardiner (d.1665), and written when in prison, either on Jersey or in the Tower of London. c.1671/2.

Inscribed inside the front cover ‘Saml Atkins Wykeham’ and inside the rear cover ‘17 Feby 1879. Purchased this Book of Prescot Bookseller. Upper Arcade. Bristol...Edwd G. Doggett’.

This volume discussed extensively, with facsimile examples (of pp. 85-6, 151-2, 162, 166, 190-2), in David Norbrook, ‘“This blushinge tribute of a borrowed muse”: Robert Overton and his Overturning of the Poetic Canon’, EMS, 4 (1993), 220-66.

Princeton, CO199 No. 812, p. 273.

CoH 109.5

MS copy.

In: A copy of some 24 poems by Donne, with other material, in a single neat hand, transcribed and emended from the 1669 edition of the Poems, headed ‘Additions to Dr. Donne in ye Edition, 1669 8vo’, 80 quarto pages (pp. [407-86]), bound with a printed exemplum of Donne's Poems (1633), a number of which bear MS emendations and additions in the same hand. Late 17th century.

The printed title-page inscribed ‘H. Mapletoft’: ?perhaps Hugh Mapletoft (d.1731), rector of All Saints, Huntingdon, who was related to the Ferrar family, George Herbert's friends. Later owned by Augustus Jessopp (1823-1914), schoolmaster and historical writer, who gave it on 25 August 1895 to Sir Edmund Gosse (1849-1928), writer. Sotheby's, 30 July 1928, lot 36, to Edwards.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Mapletoft Volume’: DnJ Δ 68 (before its present location was known). Briefly recorded in William E. McCarron and Jack M. Shuttleworth, ‘A Newly Recovered Donne First Edition’, Seventeenth Century News, 37 (1979), 72. Its MS Donne contents listed in Ernest W. Sullivan II, ‘Updating the Donne Listings in Peter Beal's Index of English Literary Manuscripts’, John Donne Journal, 6 (1987), 219-34.

United States Air Force Academy, STC 7045, pp. 408-9.

CoH 110

Copy, headed ‘A sonnet on the blessed Virgin Mary’.

In: A small oblong-octavo volume of 60 poems by Donne plus six of his Problems, together with a few poems by others, in a single hand, 336 pages (but numbering skipping pp. 49-51, 182-90, 241-9, 322, with 332 twice, and the last leaf missing), in contemporary vellum, remains of green silk ties. c.1620-33.

Possibly associated with the Inns of Court (see use of Law French on p. 238). Hodgson's, 27 April 1950, lot 257. Raphael King, sale catalogue No. 51 (1950), item 73. Formerly Chest II/68.

Cited in IELM, I as the ‘King MS’: DnJ Δ 29. Complete microfilm in the British Library (M/569).

Yale, Osborn MS b 114, p. 161.

To our blessed Lady (‘Sovereigne of Queenes: If vayne Ambition move’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 9. Grundy, p. 189.

CoH 111

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 9.

CoH 112

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 37v.

To our blessed Lady. (‘Sweete Queene: although thy beuty rayse vpp mee’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 10. Grundy, pp. 190-1.

CoH 113

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 10.

CoH 114

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 38v.

To our blessed Lady. (‘Why should I any love O queene but thee?’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 9. Grundy, p. 190.

CoH 115

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 9 .

CoH 116

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 38r.

To St Collett on the day of her ffeaste and his natiuitye (‘This day (oh blessed virgin) is the daye’)

Unpublished.

CoH 117

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 8.

To St Iohn the Baptist. (‘As Anne longe barren, Mother dyd become’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spitituall Sonnettes, p. 6. Grundy, pp. 186-7.

CoH 118

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 6.

CoH 119

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 35r.

To St Kathayne. (‘Because thow wast the daughter of a kyng’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 8. Grundy, p. 188.

CoH 120

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 7.

CoH 121

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 36v.

To St Margarett. (‘Fayre Amazon of heaven: who took'st in hand’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 8. Grundy, pp. 188-9.

CoH 122

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 8.

CoH 123

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 37r.

To St Mary Magdalen. (‘Blessed Offendour: who thyselfe haist try'd’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 10. Grundy, p. 191.

CoH 124

Copy, headed ‘To the Blessed sinner St Mary Mawdlyn’.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 10.

CoH 125

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 39r.

To St Mary Magdalen (‘For fewe nyghtes solace in delitious bedd’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 7. Grundy, pp. 187-8.

CoH 126

Copy, headed ‘To St Mary Maudlyn’.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 7.

CoH 127

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 36r.

To St Mary Magdalen (‘Such as retyr'd from sight of men, lyke thee’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnettes, p. 11. Grundy, pp. 191-2.

CoH 128

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 11.

CoH 129

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 39v.

To St Mary Magdalen (‘Sweete Saynt: Thow better canst declare to me’)

This poem deliberately omitted from Heliconia because of its ‘indecorous’ (i.e. erotic) elements. Grundy, p. 192.

CoH 130

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 11.

CoH 131

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 40r.

To St Mychaell the Archangel. (‘When as the prynce of Angells puft'd with pryde’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spitituall Sonnettes, p. 6. Grundy, p. 186.

CoH 132

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 5.

CoH 133

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 34v.

To St Peter and St Paul (‘He that for feare hys mayster dyd denye’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spitituall Sonnettes, p. 7. Grundy, p. 187.

CoH 134

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 6.

CoH 135

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 35v.

To Sir Philip Sydneyes soule. Sonet 4. (‘Giue pardon blessed soule to my bold cryes’)

First published in Sir Philip Sidney, Apologie for Poetrie (London, 1595). Grundy, p. 167.

To Sir Philip Sidneyes soule. Sonet 5. (‘Great Alexander then did well declare’)

First published in Sir Philip Sidney, Apologie for Poetrie (London, 1595). Grundy, p. 168.

To Sir Philip Sydneyes soule Sonet 6. (‘Euen as when great mens heyres cannot agree’)

First published in Sir Philip Sidney, Apologie for Poetrie (London, 1595). Grundy, p. 169.

To the Blessed Martir Marye Queene of Scotland (‘I write of tears, and blud at on time shed’)

Unpublished.

CoH 139

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 12.

To the blessed Sacrament. (‘When thee (O holy sacrificed Lambe)’)

First published in Heliconia (1815), II, Spirituall Sonnetts, p. 5. Grundy, pp. 184-5.

CoH 140

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 18. c.1600.

Berkeley Castle, Select Books 85, p. 4.

CoH 141

Copy in: the MS described under CoH 84.

Edited from this MS in Heliconia and in Grundy.

British Library, Harley MS 7553, f. 33v.

To the Countesses of Cumberland and Warwicke sisters. Sonet 3. (‘Yow sisters Muses doe not ye repine’)

First published in Francis Davison, A Poetical Rhapsody (London, 1602). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 146.

CoH 142

Copy, headed ‘To the two sisters Margarett Countess of Cumberland And Anne Countess of Warwicke’ and numbered ‘3’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 52.

CoH 143

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘To ye most honorable Ladyes the Countesses of Comb. & War. sisters’, here beginning ‘Yee sister Muses doe not ye repine’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated and variant lines 9-14 printed in Grundy, pp. 146-7.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 26r.

To the Countesse of Essex vpon occasion of the death of her first husband Sir Philip Sydney Sonet 4. (‘Sweetest of Ladies if thy pleasure be’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 155.

To the Countesse of Pembroke. Sonet 3. (‘Ladie whome by reporte, I only knowe’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 154.

To the Countesse of Shrewsburye. Sonet 2. (‘Playnlie I write because I will write true’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 145.

To the Countesse of Shrewsburye vpon occasion of his deare Mistrisse whoe liu'd vnder her gouer[n]ment. Sonet 2. (‘True worthie dame if I thee chieftayne call’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 153.

To the K. of Scots touching the subiect of his poems dedicated wholie to heauenly matters. Sonet 5. (‘When others hooded with blind loue doe flye’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 141.

To the diuine protection of the Ladie Arbella the author commendeth both his Graces honoure and his Muses aeternitye (‘My Mistrisse worth gaue wings vnto my Muse’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 179.

To the K: of Scots vpon occasion of a sonet the K: wrote in complaint of a contrarie winde which hindred the arriuall of the Queene oute of Denmark. Sonet 6. (‘If I durst sigh still as I had begun’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 142.

To the K: of Scots vpon occasion of his longe stay in Denmarke by reason of the coldnesse of the winter and freezing of the sea. Sonet 7. (‘If I durst loue as heertofore I haue’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 143.

To the K. of Scots whome as yet he had not seene. Sonet (‘Bloome of the rose I hope those hands to kisse’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 140.

CoH 153

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘To the kinge of Scotts’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 27v.

To the Ladye Arbella. Sonet 5. (‘Only hope of oure age that vertues dead’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 149.

To the Ladie Clinton. Sonet 5. (‘Once onlye I sweet Ladie ye beheld’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 156.

To the Ladie Rich. Sonet 7. (‘Heralds at armes doe three perfections quote’)

First published in Diana (London, 1594). Park (1812). Grundy, p. 151.

CoH 157

Copy, headed ‘10’.

In: the MS described under CoH 1. c.1638.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 54.

To the Marquesse of Piscats soule endued in her life tyme with infinite perfections as her diuine poems doe testefie. Sonet 3. (‘Sweete soule which now with heauenly songs dost tell’)

First published in Sir Philip Sidney, Apologie for Poetrie (London, 1595). Grundy, p. 166.

To the Q: vpon occasion of a booke he wrote in an answer to certayne obiections against her proceeding in the Low countryes. Sonet 3. (‘The loue wherewith youre vertues chayne my sprite’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 139.

CoH 160

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘To hir maiesty for a pface to his booke’, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

This MS collated in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 26r.

To the Queene touching the cruell effects of her perfections. Sonet 2. (‘Most sacred prince why should I thee thus prayse’)

First published in Park (1812). Grundy, p. 138.

To the same Ladyes in imitation of Petrarch, riminge only with two wordes in eight significations. (‘In Eden grew many a pleasant springe’)

First published in Edward Dowden, ‘An Elizabethan MS. Collection: Henry Constable’, Modern Quarterly of Language and Literature, 1, No. 1 (March 1898), 3-4. Grundy, p. 181.

CoH 163

Copy, in a seccretary hand, unascribed.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

Edited from this MS in Dowden and in Grundy.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, f. 26v.

Prose

A short vew of a large examinatio of Cardinsall Allen his trayterous iustificatio of Sr W. Stanley and Yorck

CoH 164

Copy of a title and part of a treatise, in a small italic hand, headed ‘A short vew of a large examinatio of Cardinsall Allen his trayterous iustificatio of Sr W. Stanley and Yorck, written by mr H. Const. and this gathered out of his own draught’, including an incomplete dedication ‘To my uerry Louing freand Samuell Ghilbart his hand and seale’, and a heading ‘Caput.4. Of the Lawfulnes of the Warrs (The only causes of lawfull Warrs in Flaunders)’.

In: the MS described under CoH 2. c.1580s-1615.

Marsh's Library, Dublin, MS Z 3. 5. 21, ff. 93v, 95r-109v.

Letters

Letter(s)

*CoH 165

Autograph letter signed by Constable, to the Earl of Rutland, 16 January 1583[/4]. 1584.

In: A composite volume of state letters and papers.

Recorded in HMC, 12th Report, Part IV, Rutland I (1888), pp. 158-9.

The Duke of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Letters & Papers, Vol. VII, [unspecified page numbers].

*CoH 166

Autograph letter signed by Constable, to his father, Sir Robert Constable, 12 September 1584. 1584.

In: the MS described under CoH 165.

Recorded in HMC, 12th Report, Part IV, Rutland I (1888), p. 168.

The Duke of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Letters & Papers, Vol. VII, [unspecified page numbers].

*CoH 167

Autograph letter signed, to Sir Francis Walsingham, from Paris, 17 April 1585. 1585.

In: A folio guardbook of miscellaneous Elizabethan papers, stamped foliation 1-280.

National Archives, Kew, SP 15/29, f. 13r.

*CoH 168

Autograph letter signed by Constable, to the Earl of Rutland, from Paris, 13 March 1585[/6]. 1603.

In: the MS described under CoH 165.

Recorded in HMC, 12th Report, Part IV, Rutland I (1888), p. 173.

The Duke of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Letters & Papers, Vol. VII, [unspecified page numbers].

*CoH 169

Autograph letter signed, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from France, 7 September 1591. 1591.

In: A tall folio guardbook of letters and state papers, in various hands, 128 leaves, in later half-morocco.

Volume X of Papers of the Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury, subsequently among the collections of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 703, f. 74r-v.

*CoH 170

Autograph letter signed, to Anthony Bacon, 6 October 1595. 1595.

In: A volume of state papers and correspondence.

Volume VI of the papers of Anthony Bacon (1558-1601), political intelligencer, subsequently among the collections of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 652, ff. 38r-9v.

CoH 171

A letter by Constable, to the Earl of Essex, in a secretary hand, sent on to Anthony Bacon, endorsed ‘Lo of Essex & H. Constable to my / 7 December. 1595 at paris’. 1595.

In: the MS described under CoH 170.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 652, ff. 278r-9v.

*CoH 172

Autograph letter signed, to Anthony Bacon, from Rouen, 8 January 1596[/7]. 1597.

In: A folio guardbook of state letters, in various hands and paper sizes, 288 leaves, in modern half-calf marbled boards.

Volume XIV of the papers of Anthony Bacon (1558-1601), political intelligencer, subsequently among the collections of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 660, ff. 161r-2v.

*CoH 172.5

Autograph letter signed by Constable, to the Earl of Rutland, from Paris, 11 ?June 1603.

In: A composite volume of state letters and papers.

Recorded in HMC, 12th Report, Part IV, Rutland I (1888), p. 391.

The Duke of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Letters & Papers, Vol. XIV, [unspecified page numbers].

*CoH 173

Copy of a letter by Constable to Dr Bagshaw in Paris, from Kingston, 9 January ‘1604’, endorsed ‘Copy of a lre fro Mr H Constable to Dr. Bagshaw. 1603’. 1604.

In: A folio composite volume of state letters, in various hands, 170 leaves.

British Library, Cotton MS Caligula E. XI, f. 84r.

*CoH 174

Autograph letter signed, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, frpm the Tower, 14 May 1604. 1604.

In: A tall folio composite volume of letters, in various hands, 231 leaves.

Volume XV of Papers of the Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury, subsequently among the collections of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 708, f. 125r-v.

*CoH 175

Autograph letter signed, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from the Fleet Prison, 9 February 1607[/8]. on one folio leaf. 1608.

In: A folio guardbook of letters, in various hands and paper sizes, 593 leaves, in modern morocco gilt.

Volume M of the Talbot Papers, formerly owned by the College of Arms.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 3203, f. 493r-v.

*CoH 176

Autograph letter signed, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Fleet Prison, 9 February 1607[/8]. 1608.

In: the MS described under CoH 175.

Facsimile of this letter in Grundy, frontispiece.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 3203, f. 495r.

*CoH 177

Autograph letter signed, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, [1608], on two conjugate quarto leaves. [1608].

In: A folio guardbook of letters, in various hands and paper sizes, 160 leaves, in modern morocco gilt.

Volume O of the Talbot papers, formerly owned by the College of Arms.

Lodge (1838), II, 498.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 3205, ff. 92r-3v.

*CoH 178

Autograph letter signed by Constable, to [? the Earl of Rutland], 1608?. 1608.

In: A composite volume of state letters and papers.

Recorded in HMC, Rutland IV (1905), p. 211.

The Duke of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Letters & Papers Supplementary, [unspecified page numbers].

*CoH 179

Autograph letter signed, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from France, [1608], on a single folio leaf. [1608].

In: the MS described under CoH 177.

Lodge (1838), II, 499.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 3205, f. 94r-v.