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Englands Helicon.
1600

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Title: Englands Helicon. Casta placent superis, pura cum veste venite, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam.
Date: At London : Printed by I. R[oberts] for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Beare, 1600.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 3191 copy 1, title page & sig. H1r 
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Englands Helicon. Casta placent superis, pura cum veste venite, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam.
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At London : Printed by I. R[oberts] for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Beare, 1600.
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Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
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STC 3191 copy 1, title page

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Title: Englands Helicon. Casta placent superis, pura cum veste venite, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam.
Date: At London : Printed by I. R[oberts] for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Beare, 1600.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 3191 copy 1, title page & sig. H1r 
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Item Title
Englands Helicon. Casta placent superis, pura cum veste venite, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam.
Item Date
At London : Printed by I. R[oberts] for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Beare, 1600.
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
STC 3191 copy 1, sig. H1r

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Title: Englands Helicon. Casta placent superis, pura cum veste venite, et manibus puris sumite fontis aquam.
Date: At London : Printed by I. R[oberts] for Iohn Flasket, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Beare, 1600.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 3191 copy 1, title page & sig. H1r 
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Englands Helicon, a collection of poetry first printed in 1600 by John Roberts for John Flasket, includes a sonnet from act 4, scene 3 of Love’s Labor’s Lost (1598). The poem in Englands Helicon is ascribed to “W. Shakespeare,” identical to the “W. Shakespeare” attribution on the title page of the first edition of Love’s Labor’s Lost.

Englands Helicon titles the sonnet “The passionate Sheepheards Song.” In Love’s Labor’s Lost, the sonnet is spoken by Dumaine, one of the three lords who joins the King of Navarre on his scholarly retreat (4.3.105-124). The same sonnet also appears in The Passionate Pilgrim (London, 1599). 

Englands Helicon was part of a series of literary anthologies initiated by John Bodenham (ca. 1559–1610), including Bel-vedére (1600), which includes over 200 extracts from Shakespeare’s plays and poems. In 1601, the poet and anthologist Francis Davison, evidently preparing for his compiled Poetical Rhapsody (1602), created his own table of contents for Helicon, including “On a day alack the day” (the first line of the sonnet) by “W. Shakespeare.” A second edition of Helicon was printed in 1614, including a table of contents listing Shakespeare.

 

Written by Folger Shakespeare Library staff

Sources

G. Blakemore Evans, general ed., The Riverside Shakespeare, 2nd ed., (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997): 1881.

David Kathman, “Chronological List of References to Shakespeare as Author/Poet/Playwright” <http://shakespeareauthorship.com/name3.html>.

Hyder Edward Rollins, England's Helicon: 1600, 1614 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1935): 2:37.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. III, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), s.v. "324. Love’s Labor’s Lost". 

 
Last updated May 25, 2017