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Robert Southwell, SJ
Saint Robert Southwell (c. 1561 21 February 1595) was an English Jesuit priest and poet. He was hanged at Tyburn, and became a Catholic martyr. He was born at Horsham St. Faith in Norfolk, England. Southwell, the youngest of eight children, was brought up in a family of Catholic gentry and educated at Douai. Thence he moved to Paris, where he was placed under a Jesuit priest, Thomas Darbyshire. In 1580 he joined the Society of Jesus after a two-year novitiate passed mostly at Tournai. In spite of his youth, he was made prefect of studies in the Venerable English College at Rome and was ordained priest in 1584. It was in that year that an act was passed forbidding any English-born subject of Queen Elizabeth, who had entered into priests' orders in the Roman Catholic Church since her accession, to remain in England longer than forty days on pain of death. But Southwell, at his own request, was sent to England in 1586 as a Jesuit missionary with Henry Garnett. He went from one Catholic family to another, administering the rites of his Church, and in 1589 became domestic chaplain to Ann Howard, whose husband, the first earl of Arundel, was in prison convicted of treason. It was to him that Southwell addressed his Epistle of Comfort. This and other of his religious tracts, A Short Rule of Good Life, Triumphs over Death, Mary Magdalen's Tears and a Humble Supplication to Queen Elizabeth, were widely circulated in manuscript. That they found favor outside Catholic circles is proved by Thomas Nash's imitation of Mary Magdalen's Tears in Christ's Tears over Jerusalem.

the faerie queene, book 1, canto 10
 
 
CANTO X

Her faithfull knight faire Una brings
to house of Holinesse,... [read poem]
amoretti lxxv: one day i wrote her name
 
 
One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Again I w... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 2
 
 
CANTO II

The guilefull great Enchaunter parts
The Redcrosse Knight from... [read poem]
the burning babe
 
 
As I in hoary winter's night stood shivering in the snow,
Surpris'd I was with sudden heat whic... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 8 (1596)
 
 
Canto 8

Faire virgin to redeeme her deare
brings Arthur to the fight:
Who slay... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 11
 
 
CANTO XI

The knight with that old Dragon fights
two dayes incessantl... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 9
 
 
CANTO IX

His loves and lignage Arthur tells:
The knights knit friendly ba... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 1 (1596)
 
 
[Fol. A1v] THE FAERIE

QVEENE.



Disposed into twelue bookes... [read poem]

the faerie queene, book 1, canto 3 (1596)
 
 
Canto 3

Forsaken Truth long seekes her loue,
And makes the Lyon mylde,
Marr... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 2 (1596)
 
 
[Fol. B3r; p. 19] Canto 2

The guilefull great Enchaunter parts
Th... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book ii, canto 12
 
 
THE SECOND BOOKE OF THE FAERIE QUEENE
Contayning
THE LEGEND OF SIR GUYON,
OR OF TEMPE... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 4
 
 
CANTO IIII

To sinfull house of Pride, Duessa
guides the faithfull knight,... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book 1, canto 4 (1596)
 
 
[Fol. C8r; p. 45] Canto 4

To sinfull house of Pride, Duessa
guides t... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 9 (1596)
 
 
Canto 9

His loues and lignage Arthur tells
The knights knit friendly bands:
Si... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 6 (1596)
 
 
Canto 6

From lawlesse lust by wondrous grace
fayre Vna is releast:
Whom saluag... [read poem]
the shepheardes calender: april
 
 
APRILL: Ægloga Quarta

Tell me good Hobbinoll, what garres thee greet... [read poem]
amoretti lxvii: like as a huntsman
 
 
Like as a huntsman after weary chase,
Seeing the game from him escap'd away,
Sits down to ... [read poem]
epithalamion
 
 
Ye learned sisters which have oftentimes
Beene to me ayding, others to adorne:
Whom ye tho... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book iii, canto 6
 
 
THE THIRD BOOKE OF THE FAERIE QUEENE
Contayning
THE LEGENDE OF BRITOMARTIS
OR OF CHAS... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book vi, canto 10
 
 
THE SIXTE BOOKE OF THE FAERIE QUEENE
Contayning
THE LEGEND OF S. CALIDORE
OR OF COURT... [read poem]
an hymn of heavenly beauty
 
 
Rapt with the rage of mine own ravish'd thought,
Through contemplation of those goodly sights,... [read poem]
prothalamion
 
 
CALM was the day, and through the trembling air
Sweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play
A... [read poem]
amoretti xxii: this holy season
 
 
This holy season, fit to fast and pray,
Men to devotion ought to be inclin'd:
Therefore I ... [read poem]
amoretti lxxix: men call you fair
 
 
Men call you fair, and you do credit it,
For that your self ye daily such do see:
But the ... [read poem]
amoretti lxviii: most glorious lord of life
 
 
Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day,
Didst make thy triumph over death and sin:
A... [read poem]
amoretti lxxiv: most happy letters
 
 
Most happy letters, fram'd by skilful trade,
With which that happy name was first design'd:... [read poem]
the faerie queene: book i, canto i
 
 
THE FIRST BOOKE OF THE FAERIE QUEENE
Contayning
THE LEGENDE OF THE KNIGHT OF THE
RED ... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 12 (1596)
 
 
[Fol. L7r; p. 171] Canto 12

Faire Vna to the Redcrosse knight
betrou... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 7 (1596)
 
 
Canto 7

The Redcrosse knight is captiue made
By Gyaunt proud opprest,
Prince A... [read poem]
the faerie queene, book i, canto 5 (1596)
 
 
[Fol. D7v; p. 60] Canto 5

The faithfull knight in equall field
sub... [read poem]

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