William Hunnis Bibliography


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Primary Sources

Works by Hunnis

Certayne Psalmes chosen out of the Psalter of David and drawn furth into English meter. London, 1549.

Abridgement, or brief Meditation, on certaine of the Psalmes in English metre, by W.H. servant to the Rt. Hon. Sir William Harberde, knyght. London, 1550.

Jacob and Esau. London, 1557/8.

Narcissus. London, 1571.

A Hyve full of Hunnye: contayning the Firste Booke of Moses, called Genesis. Turned into English Meetre. London, 1578.

History of Loyaltie and Bewtie. London, 1579.

History of Alucius. London, 1579.

Comedie or Morrall devised on A game of the Cardes. London, 1582.

Seven Sobs of a Sorrowfull Soule for Sinne. Comprehending those seven Psalmes of the Princelie Prophet Dauid, commonlie called Pœnitentiall: framed into a forme of familiar praiers, and reduced into meeter by William Hunnis. [With the Latin text and musical notes.] ... Whereunto are also annexed his Handfull of Honisuckles: the Poore Widowes Mite; a Dialog betweene Christ and a sinner; diuers godlie and pithie ditties, with a Christian confession of and to the Trinitie; newlie printed and augmented. London, 1583.

Hunnies Recreations: Conteining foure godlie and compendious discourses: Adam’s Banishment, Christ his Cribbe, the Lost Sheepe, and the Complaint of Old Age. London, 1588.

Hunnies Recreations: Conteining foure godlie and compendious discourses: Adam’s Banishment, Christ his Cribbe, the Lost Sheepe, and the Complaint of Old Age. Whereunto is newly adjoyned ... The Creation, or first Weeke. The life and death of Joseph, etc. London, 1595.


Collections to which Hunnis Contributed

The Paradyse of daynty devises. Conteyning sundry pithy preceptes, learned Counsels, and excellent inventions, right pleasant and profitable for all estates. Devised and written for the most part, by M. Edwardes ... the rest, by sundry learned Gentlemen, both of honor, and worship. London, 1550. Contains sixteen pieces contributed by Hunnis.

Englands Helicon. London, 1600. Possibly edited by Nicholas Ling and planned by John Bodenham. Contains two pieces contributed by Hunnis.



Campbell, Thomas. “William Hunnis.” Specimens of British Poets; With Biographical and Critical Notices Vol. II. London: John Murray, 1819.


Secondary Sources

Brennan, Michael G. Literary Patronage in the English Renaissance: The Pembroke Family. London: Routledge, 1988.

Freer, Coburn. Music for a King: George Herbert’s Style and the Metrical Psalms. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1972

Manly, J.M. “The Children of the Chapel Royal and their Masters.” The Cambridge History of English and American Literature. Vol. 6. The Drama to 1642, Part Two. Eds. A. W. Ward & A. R. Waller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1907-21.

May, Steven W. “William Hunnis and the 1577 Paradise of Dainty Devices.” Studies in Bibliography: Papers of the Bibliography Society of the University of Virginia 28 (1975): 63-80.

McGarry, Lawrence J. “William Hunnis: Elizabethan playwright and poet.” Diss. St. John’s University, New York, 1947.

Sharp, R. Farquharson. “William Hunnis.” The Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. Sidney Lee. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.

Stopes, C.C. William Hunnis and the Revels of the Chapel Royal: A study of his Period and the influences which affected Shakespeare. Vaduz: Kraus Reprint, 1963.

———. “William Hunnis”. Shakespeare Jahrbuch 27 (1892): 200–216.

———. “William Hunnis, the Dramatist”. The Athenaeum 3779 (1900): 410-412.

White, Paul Whitefield. “Predestination Theology in the Mid-Tudor Play Jacob and Esau.” Renaissance and



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