Palgrave's Golden Treasury

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Gilt bordered boards of the 1861 first edition of Palgrave's Golden Treasury.
Title page of the 1861 first edition. Frontispiece by Thomas Woolner.

The Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics is a popular anthology of English poetry, originally selected for publication by Francis Turner Palgrave in 1861. It was considerably revised, with input from Tennyson, about three decades later. Palgrave excluded all poems by poets then still alive.

The book continues to be published in regular new editions; still under Palgrave's name. These reproduce Palgrave's selections and notes, but usually include a supplement of more recent poems. Christopher Ricks in 1991 produced a scholarly edition of the original Treasury, along with an account of its evolution from 1861 to 1891, with inclusions and exclusions.

Book I (Palgrave)[edit]

William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingRichard BarnefieldThomas CampionSamuel DanielThomas DekkerEdward de Vere, 17th Earl of OxfordRobert Devereux, 2nd Earl of EssexJohn DonneMichael DraytonWilliam DrummondW. Drummond of HawthorndenThomas HeywoodThomas LodgeJohn LylyeChristopher MarloweThomas NasheWilliam Shakespeare – Sir Philip SidneyEdmund SpenserThe Shepherd TonieJoshua SylvesterJohn Webster – Sir Thomas Wyatt

Book II (Palgrave)[edit]

Francis BeaumontThomas CarewAbraham CowleyRichard CrashawJohn DrydenJohn FletcherWilliam HabingtonGeorge HerbertRobert HerrickBen JonsonRichard LovelaceAndrew MarvellJohn MiltonJohn Norris of BemertonFrancis Quarles – Sir Charles SedleyJohn Shirley – Sir John SucklingHenry VaughanEdmund WallerJohn Wilmot, Earl of RochesterGeorge Wither – Sir Henry Wotton

Book III (Palgrave)[edit]

Anna Laetitia BarbauldWilliam BlakeRobert BurnsHenry CareyColley CibberJohn CollinsWilliam CollinsWilliam CowperJane ElliottJohn GayOliver GoldsmithRobert Graham of GartmoreThomas GrayLady A. LindsayJoshua LoganW. J. MickleLady NairnAmbrose PhilipsAlexander PopeMatthew PriorSamuel RogersChristopher SmartJohn Thomson

Book IV (Palgrave)[edit]

William Wordsworths poems, later to be called the Lucy series. The two titles have been added by Palgrave (see last image below).
More Wordworth's Lucy poems.
Left: page 188 of the Golden Treasury showing Keats's poem with title added by Palgrave; right: page 321 containing footnotes, the first of which acknowledges Palgrave's addition(s).

William BlakeLord ByronThomas CampbellHartley ColeridgeSamuel Taylor ColeridgeAllan CunninghamThomas HoodJohn KeatsCharles LambMary LambH. F. LyteThomas MoorePercy Bysshe ShelleySir Walter ScottRobert SoutheyCharles WolfeWilliam Wordsworth

Book V as selected by Laurence Binyon[edit]

This five-book version is republished as a Penguin Popular Classic

Matthew ArnoldWilliam BarnesF. W. BourdillonRobert BridgesEmily BrontëRupert BrookeElizabeth Barrett BrowningRobert BrowningJohn ClareArthur Hugh CloughMary ColeridgeWilliam Johnson CoryJohn DavidsonAustin DobsonD. M. DolbenGeorge DarleyR. W. DixonEdward FitzGeraldJames Elroy FleckerThomas HardyThomas HoodGerard Manley HopkinsLionel JohnsonCharles KingsleyRudyard KiplingWalter Savage Landor – Hon. Emily LawlessJ. C. ManganJohn MasefieldGeorge MeredithWilliam Morris – Sir Henry NewboltAlice MeynellWilliam MorrisWilfred OwenCoventry PatmoreChristina Georgina RossettiDante Gabriel RossettiCharles SorleyRobert Louis StevensonAlgernon Charles SwinburneAlfred, Lord TennysonEdward ThomasFrancis ThompsonH. F. TrenchWilliam Butler Yeats

Additional Poems, as selected by C. Day-Lewis (1954, Collins)[edit]

An important edition was edited by Cecil Day-Lewis, later Poet laureate. It contained 229 Additional Poems, with Books I-IV, including in this case a number of American poets.

William BlakeWalter Savage LandorT. L. PeacockJohn ClareW. C. BryantGeorge DarleyWilliam BarnesThomas Lovell BeddoesRalph Waldo EmersonElizabeth Barrett BrowningH. W. LongfellowEdward FitzgeraldEdgar Allan PoeAlfred TennysonRobert BrowningAubrey de VereEmily BrontëA. H. CloughCharles KingsleyHerman MelvilleWalt WhitmanJean IngelowMatthew ArnoldWilliam CoryCoventry PatmoreWilliam AllinghamSydney DobellGeorge MeredithD. G. RossettiEmily DickinsonChristina RossettiRichard Watson DixonWilliam MorrisWarren de TableyAlgernon Charles SwinburneThomas HardyRobert BridgesGerard Manley HopkinsAndrew LangA. W. E. O’ShaughnessyR. L. StevensonJohn DavidsonA. E. HousmanFrancis ThompsonMary E. ColeridgeRudyard KiplingW. B. YeatsErnest DowsonLionel JohnsonLaurence BinyonEdwin Arlington RobinsonHilaire BellocT. Sturge MooreW. H. DaviesRalph HodgsonWalter de la MareG. K. ChestertonRobert FrostJohn MasefieldEdward ThomasHarold MonroPadraic ColumJames StephensJames Elroy FleckerD. H. LawrenceEzra PoundAndrew YoungSiegfried SassoonRupert BrookeEdwin MuirEdith SitwellT. S. EliotJohn Crowe RansomW. J. TurnerDorothy WellesleyV. Sackville-WestWilfred OwenLilian Bowes LyonRobert GravesEdmund BlundenF. R. HigginsWilliam SoutarRoy CampbellC. Day-LewisJohn BetjemanW. H. AudenLouis MacNeiceStephen SpenderGeorge BarkerLaurie LeeHenry ReedDylan ThomasAlun LewisDavid GascoyneSidney Keyes

OUP Edition (1994) in six books[edit]

Edited by John Press. The poets included were:

Dannie AbseFleur AdcockWilliam Alexander, Earl of StirlingKingsley AmisSimon ArmitageMatthew ArnoldW. H. AudenFrancis Bacon, Lord VerulamAnna Laetitia BarbauldGeorge BarkerRichard BarnfieldFrancis BeaumontPatricia BeerJohn BetjemanLaurence BinyonThomas BlackburnEdmund BlundenEavan BolandRonald BottrallRobert BridgesGeorge Mackay BrownElizabeth Barrett BrowningRobert BrowningAlan BrownjohnRobert BurnsGeorge Gordon Noel, Lord ByronNorman CameronRoy CampbellThomas CampbellThomas CampionThomas CarewHenry CareyLewis CarrollCharles CausleyColley CibberJohn ClareAustin ClarkeJack ClemoArthur Hugh CloughHartley ColeridgeSamuel Taylor ColeridgeJohn CollinsWilliam CollinsTony ConnorHenry ConstableDavid ConstantineAbraham CowleyWilliam CowperRichard CrashawRobert Crawford[disambiguation needed]Allan CunninghamSamuel DanielGeorge DarleyDonald DavieW. H. DaviesDick DavisThomas DekkerWalter de la MareLord De TableyRichard Watson DixonKeith DouglasErnest DowsonMichael DraytonWilliam DrummondJohn DrydenCarol Ann DuffyHelen DunmoreDouglas DunnLawrence DurrellThomas Stearns EliotAlistair ElliotJean ElliotWilliam EmpsonD. J. EnrightGavin EwartJames FentonRoy FisherEdward FitzGeraldJohn FletcherVeronica Forrest-ThomsonJohn FullerRoy FullerElizabeth GarrettDavid GascoyneJohn GayOliver GoldsmithRobert GrahamRobert GravesThomas GrayThom GunnMichael HamburgerIan HamiltonThomas HardyTony HarrisonSeamus HeaneyJohn Heath-StubbsGeorge HerbertRobert HerrickThomas HeywoodGeoffrey HillRalph HodgsonDavid HolbrookMolly HoldenThomas HoodGerard Manley HopkinsA. E. HousmanTed HughesT. E. HulmeElizabeth JenningsLionel JohnsonBen JonsonPatrick KavanaghJohn KeatsSidney KeyesThomas KinsellaRudyard KiplingJames KirkupCharles LambWalter Savage LandorPhilip LarkinD. H. LawrenceEdward LearLaurie LeeAlun LewisCecil Day-LewisLady Anne LindsayThomas LodgeJohn LoganMichael LongleyRichard LovelaceEdward LowburyJohn LylyGeorge MacBethNorman MacCaigHugh MacDiarmidLouis MacNeiceDerek MahonChristopher MarloweAndrew MarvellJohn MasefieldGeorge MeredithWilliam Julius MickleJohn MiltonThomas MooreWilliam MorrisAndrew MotionEdwin MuirPaul MuldoonCarolina, Lady NairneThomas NashRobert NicholsNorman NicholsonBernard O'DonoghueWilfred OwenCoventry PatmoreTom PaulinAmbrose PhilipsAlexander PopePeter PorterJonathan PriceF. T. PrinceMatthew PriorCraig RainePeter RedgroveHenry ReedAnne RidlerMichael RiviereW. R. RodgersSamuel RogersIsaac RosenbergAlan RossChristina Georgina RossettiDante Gabriel RossettiCarol RumensLawrence SailSiegfried SassoonVernon ScannellSir Walter ScottPeter ScuphamSir Charles SedleyGeorge SewellWilliam ShakespearePercy Bysshe ShelleyJames ShirleySir Philip SidneyJon SilkinC. H. SissonEdith SitwellIain Crichton SmithStevie SmithRobert SoutheyBernard SpencerStephen SpenderEdmund SpenserJon StallworthyAnne StevensonSir John SucklingAlgernon Charles SwinburneJoshua SylvesterAlfred, Lord TennysonDylan ThomasEdward ThomasR. S. ThomasFrancis ThompsonJames Thomson (The Seasons) – James Thomson (B.V.)Anthony ThwaiteTerence TillerCharles TomlinsonThe Shepherd TonyHenry VaughanEdward Vere, Earl of OxfordJohn WainTed WalkerEdmund WallerVernon WatkinsJohn WebsterRobert WellsLawrence WhistlerHugo WilliamsGeorge WitherCharles WolfeWilliam WordsworthSir Henry WottonDavid WrightKit WrightSir Thomas WyatWilliam Butler YeatsAndrew Young

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