Here you will find the texts discussed in 201 and 202. Each is linked to a individual page on which you will find guides and links. Some links lead to on-line copies of the texts.

Old English

Caedmon's Hymn
The Wanderer
The Seafarer
The Dream of the Rood
Wife's Lament

Husband's Message
Old English Riddles
Wulf & Eadwacer
Battle of Maldon

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Blickling Homilies
The Táin
Pangur the Cat


Middle English

Marie de France (main page)

Geoffrey Chaucer (main page)

Middle English Lyrics
William Landgland, Piers Plowman
Sir Orfeo (more editions)
The Mabinogi
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Wynnere and Wastoure
Medieval Drama
  • Second Shepherds' Play
  • York Crucifixion
  • Mankind


Early Modern English

John Milton (main page)
  • Paradise Lost
  • Aereopagitica
  • Sonnet "Methought I saw my late espoused saint"
John Donne Lyrics
George Herbert
Thomas Wyatt
Edmund Spenser
Philip Sidney
Isabella Whitney
Queen Elizabeth I
Christopher Marlowe
Ben Jonson
Mary Wroth
Katherine Philips
Robert Herrick
Andrew Marvell

William Shakespeare (main page)

  • Sonnet 116 ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds")
  • Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun")
  • Sonnet 138 ("When my love swears that she is made of truth")