ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

(1588-1667)


George Wither was born in Bentworth, Hampshire; he studied at Magdalen College Oxford (1604-06) and Lincoln's Inn (1615); he was imprisoned for criticizing the court in Abuses Stript and Whipt (1613) and again for Withers Motto (1621). Wither was a friend of Browne of Tavistock, Sir William Vaughan, Alexander Gill, Taylor the Water Poet. A prolific Puritan writer and a captain in the wars, he achieved the distinction of being imprisoned by both parties. Wither was one of the first minor renaissance poets to attract serious attention; Thomas Park published book-length study of Wither and his reception in the British Bibliographer (1810, 1812).


TEXT RECORDS:

1612Epithalamia: or Nuptiall Poems.
1612Prince Henries Obsequies.
1613Abuses Stript and Whipt: To the Reader.
1613Of Despaire.
1614The Shepherds Hunting: A Postscript to the Reader.
1614Thirsis and Alexis.
1614To his truly beloved loving Friend Mr. William Browne of the Inner Temple.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: The Fift Eglogue. To Master W. F. of the Middle Temple.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: The First Eglogue.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: The Fourth Eglogue.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: The Second Eglogue.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: The Third Eglogue.
1615The Shepherds Hunting: To my Visitants in the Marshalsey.
1622Faire-Virtue, the Mistresse of Phil'arete.
1622Faire-Virtue, the Mistresse of Phil'arete. [Conclusion.]
1622Faire-Virtue, the Mistresse of Phil'arete. [Days Three and Four.]
1645The Great Assises holden in Parnassus.

PUBLICATIONS:

Prince Henries obsequies. 1612.
Epithalamia: or nuptiall poems. 1612.
Abuses stript and whipt. 1613.
A satyre: dedicated to his most excellent Majestie. 1614.
Fidelia. 1615.
The shepherds hunting. 1615.
A preparation to the Psalter. 1619.
Exercises upon the first psalme. 1620.
Workes. 1620.
The songs of the Old Testament, translated. 1621.
Wither's motto: nec habeo, nec careo, nec curo. 1621.
Faire-virtue: the mistresse of Phil'arete. 1622.
Juvenilia. 1622.
Cantica sacra. 1623?
The hymnes and songs of the Church, translated and composed. 1623.
The schollers purgatory. 1624.
Britains's remembrancer. 1628.
The psalmes of David translated in lyric verse. 1632.
A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne. 1635.
The nature of man written in Greek by Nemesius, englished. 1636.
A new song of a young mans opinion of the difference between good and bad women. 1640.
Haleluiah: or Britans second remembrancer. 1641.
A prophesie written long since. 1641.
Read and wonder: a warre between two entire friends, the Pope and the Divell. 1641.
Campo-Musae: or the field-musings of Captain George Wither. 1643.
Se defendendo: a shield, and shaft, against detraction. 1643.
Mercurius Rusticus: or a country messenger. 1643.
Reasons humbly offered in justification of an order granted to the Major George Wither. 1643.
Two incomparable generalissimos of the world. 1644.
Letters of advice: touching the choice of knights and burgesses for the Parliament. 1644.
The speech without doore. 1644.
Wither's prophesie of the downfal of Antichrist. 1644.
The Great Assises holden in Parnassus by Apollo. 1645.
Vox pacifica: a voice tending to the pacification of God's wrath. 1645.
Carmen expostualorium. 1646.
To the most honourable the Lords and Commons: petition. 1646.
Justitiaruis justificatus: justice justified. 1646.
Opobalsamum anglicanum: an English balme. 1646.
What peace to the wicked? 1646.
Amygdala britannica, almonds for parrets. 1647.
Major Wither's disclaimer. 1647.
The tired petitioner. 1647.
Articles presented against this Parliament, by Terrae-Filius. 1648.
A single si quis, or queries. 1648.
Articles presented against the Parliament. 1648.
Carmen-ternarium semi-cynicum. 1648?
Prosopopoei britannica: Britans genius, or good-angel, personated. 1648.
A thankful retribution. 1649.
A allarum from Heaven: or a memento to the great councell. 1649.
Carmen eucharisticon. 1649.
Vaticinium votivum: or Palemon's prophetick prayer. 1649.
Respublica anglicana: or the historie of Parliament in their late procedings. 1650.
The true state of the case of. 1650.
Three grains of spirituall frankincense. 1651.
British appeals, with Gods mercifull replies. 1651.
A timely caution. 1652.
The dark lantern: containing a dim discoverie. 1653.
Westrow revived, a funerall poem without fiction. 1653.
The modern states-man. 1654.
To the Parliament of the Common-wealth: the humble petition of G. W. 1654.
The protector. 1655.
Vaticinium causuale. 1655.
Boni ominis votum: a good omen to the next Parliament. 1656.
A cause allegorically stated. 1657.
A suddain flash timely discovering some reason wherefore the stile of the Protector should not be deserted by these nations. 1657.
The petition and narrative of Geo. Wither esq. 1659.
Epistolium-vagum-prosa-metricum: or an epistle at randome. 1659.
A cordial confection, to strengthen their hearts whose courage begins to fail. 1659.
Salt upon salt: made out of certain ingenious verses. 1659.
Speculum speculativium, or a considering-glass. 1660.
Furor-poeticus propheticus. 1660.
Fides-anglicana: or a plea for the publick-faith of these nations. 1660.
Predictions of the overthrow of Popery. 1660.
The prisoners plea. 1661.
An improvement of imprisonment, disgrace, poverty, into real freedom. 1661.
Joco-seria, strange news. 1661.
A triple paradox: affixed to a counter-mure raised against the world, the flesh, and the Devil. 1661.
Paralellogrammaton, an epistle to three nations of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 1662.
A proclamation in the name of the King of Kings. 1662.
Verses intended to the King's Majesty. 1662.
Tuba-pacifica, Seasonable precautions. 1664.
A memorandum to London, occasioned by the prestilence. 1665.
Meditations upon the Lords Prayer. 1665.
Three private meditations. 1665.
Ecchoes from the sixth trumpet. 1666.
Sigh for the Pitchers. 1666.
Majesty in misery. 1681.
Mr Geo Wither revived. 1683.
Divine poems. 1688.
The grateful acknowledgement of a late trimming regulator. 1688.
The strange and wonderful prophecy. 1689.
Withers redivivus. 1689.
A parphrase of the Ten Commandments. 1697.
Extracts from Juvenilia, ed. Alexander Dalrymple. 1785.
The shepherd's hunting ... with a preface containing an account of the author's family. 1814.
Fidelia, a love epistle. A new edition. 1815.
Faire Virtue, ed. Brydges. 1818.
Vox vulgi: a poem in censure of the Parliament of 1661. 1880.
Works, Spenser Society. 1871-82.
Poems, ed. F. Sidgewick. 2 vols, 1902.
The history of the pestilence. 1932.