Samuel Rowlands Bibliography


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The betraying of Christ. Judas in despaire. The seven words of our Savior on the Crosse. With other poems on the Passion. London, 1598.

A Merry Meeting, or ‘Tis Merry When Knaves Meet. London, 1600. No copy of the first edition is known to exist, but a second edition was republished as The Knave of Clubbes (1609).

The Letting of Humours Blood in the Head-Vaine. With a new Morissco, daunced by seven Satyres upon the bottome of Diogines Tubbe. London, 1600.

Humors Ordinarie. Where a man may be verie merrie and exceeding well used for his sixe-pence. London, 1605. A revised edition of The Letting of Humours Blood.

Hels Torments: and Heavens Glorie. London, 1601.

Greenes ghost haunting conie-catchers: wherein is set downe, the art of humouring. The arte of carrying stones. Will. St. lift. Ia. Fost. law. Ned Bro. catch. and Blacke Robins kindnesse. With the conceits of Doctor Pinch-backe a notable makeshift. Ten times more pleasant than anything yet published of this matter. London, 1602.

Tis Merrie when Gossips meete. London, 1602.

Tis merrie when gossips meete. Newly enlarged, with divers merry songes, sung by a fiddlers boy. London, 1613.

Well met Gossip: or, Tis merrie when Gossips meete. Newly enlarged with divers merrie songs. London, 1619. Reprinted in 1656, 1675, 1818.

Ave Caesar. God save the King. The joyfull ecchoes of loyall English hartes, entertayning his Majesties late arrival in England. London, 1603.

Looke to it: for, Ile stabbe ye. London, 1604.

Humors antique faces: Drawne in proportion to his severall antique jestures. London, 1605.

Hell’s broke loose. London, 1605.

A Theater of Delightful Recreation. London, 1605.

A terrible battell betweene the two consumers of the whole World: time, and death. London, 1606.

Diogenes lanthorne. London, 1607.

Diogenes lanthorne. In Athens I seeke for honest men, but I shall find them God knows when. Ile search the city, where if I can see one honest man, he shall go with mee. London, 1628.

Democritus, or Doctor Merry-man his medicines, against melancholy humors. London, 1607.

Doctor Merry-man, or: nothing but mirth. London, 1609.

Doctor Merry-man: or, nothing but mirth. Being a posie of pleasant poems, and witty jests. London, 1750. Reprinted in 1775, 1780, 1800.

The Famous Historie of Guy, Earle of Warwick. London, 1607.

Humors Looking Glass. London, 1608. Largely composed of selections from Humors antique faces, and the 1607 edition of Humours Ordinarie.

A Whole Crew of Kind Gossips, All Met to be Merry. London, 1609.

A Crew of kind Gossips, all met to be merrie: complayning of their Husbands, with their Husbands answeres in their owne defence. London, 1613.

A Crew of kind London Gossips all met to be merry: complayning of their Husbands, with their Husbands answeres in their owne defence. To which is added: ingenious poems of wit and drollery. London, 1663.
The Knave of Clubbes
. London, 1609. The second edition of the nonextant A Merry Meeting, or ‘Tis Merry When Knaves Meet.

The Knave of Harts. London, 1612.

The Knave of Harts. Haile Fellow, well met. London, 1613. Reprinted 1615.

More Knaves Yet? The knaves of spades and diamonds. London, 1613.

Sir Thomas Overbury, or The Poysoned Knights Complaint. London, 1614.

A Fooles Belt is soone shott. London, 1614.

The Melancholie Knight. London, 1615.

The melancholy cavalier. Or, Fancy’s master-piece. London, 1654. Revised edition of The Melancholie Knight.

The Bride. London, 1617.

A sacred memorie of the miracles wrought by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. London, 1618.

The Night-Raven. London, 1620.

A Paire of Spy-Knaves. London, 1620.

Good Newes and Bad Newes. London, 1622.

Heavens glory, seeke it. Earts vanitie, flye it. Hells Horror, Fere it. London, 1628. Includes a reprint of Hels torments: and Heavens Glorie. Some of the prayers and verses may have been added by Michael Sparke, as they are reportedly included in his work Crumms of comfort (1627).

A Most Excellent Treatise containing the way To seek Heavens Glory. To flie Earths Vanity. To feare Hells Horror: With Godly Prayers and the Bell-Mans Summons. London, 1639.

Time Well Improved: or, some helps for weak heads, in their meditations on heaven’s glory, earth’s vanity, hell’s horrour. With prayers fitted for several occasions. Whereunto is added the verses used by the bell-men of London in their nightly perambulations. London, 1657.



The Letting of Humours Blood in the Head Vaine. Ed. Walter Scott. Edinburgh, 1814.

The Knave of Harts. Haile Fellow, well met. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1840.

The Knave of Clubbs. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1841.

More Knaves Yet? The Knaves of Spades and Diamonds. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1841.

The Night-Raven. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1841.

Looke to it: for, Ile stabbe ye. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1841.

The Melancholie Knight. Ed. E.V. Utterson. London: Beldornie Press, 1841.

The Four Knaves: A Series of Satirical Tracts. Ed. Edward F. Rimbault. London: The Percy Society,1843.

Greene’s Ghost-haunting Conycatchers: Wherein is set Down the Art of Humouring, etc., with the Merry Conceits of Doctor Pinchback. Ed. J.O. Halliwell. London, 1860.

“Good Newes and Bad Newes.” Miscellaneous tracts. Ed. John Payne Collier. London, 1867.

Collected Poems of Samuel Rowlands. Ed. Edmund Gosse. 2 vols. Glasgow: Hunterian Club, 1880.

Ave Caesar. God save the King. Glasgow: Hunterian Club, 1886.

The Complete Works of Samuel Rowlands 1598-1628: Now First Collected. Ed. Edmund Gosse. Glasgow: Hunterian Club, 1889.

The Bride. Ed. A.C. Potter. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed, 1905.

Uncollected Poems by Samuel Rowlands (1604-1617). Ed. Frederick Waage. Gainesville: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1970.


Secondary Sources

Anderson, R. Bibliographical Index, Miscellaneous Poems, Title Pages, &c. to the Works of Samuel Rowlands. Glasgow: Hunterian Club, 1878.

Collier, John Payne, ed. Illustrations of Early English Literature. London, 1867. Rept. London: Oxford University Press, 1953.

Dickson, Sarah. “The ‘Humours’ of Samuel Rowlands.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 44 (1950): 101-118.

———. “ ‘The Melancholy Cavalier’: A Study in Seventeenth-Century Plagiarism.” Studies in Bibliography 5 (1952-53): 161-163.

Gates, Norman T. “Orthographical Rhyme Forms in the Works of Samuel Rowlands.” Bulletin of the Modern Language Society 76 (1975): 77-87.

George, Thomas. “Samuel Rowlands’ ‘The Betraying of Christ’ and Guevara’s ‘The Mount of Calvarie’: An Example of Elizabethan Plagiarism.” Notes and Queries 14 (1967): 467-474.

Gosse, Edmund. “Memoir on Samuel Rowlands.” The Complete Works of Samuel Rowlands, 1589-1628. Vol. 1. Glasgow: The Hunterian Club, 1889.

———. Seventeenth Century Studies: A Contribution to the History of English Poetry. London, 1883.

———. Seventeenth Century Studies. Michigan: Scholarly Press, 1914.

Hogan, Jerome W. “Three Shakespearean Echoes.” Notes and Queries 22 (1975): 175.

Kamptner, Renate. Renaissance World Picture as Reflected in the Works of Samuel Rowlands. Diss. University of Salzburg. Ann Arbour: UMI, 1993. 1536C.

Kelly, Ann K. “A Rowlands-Butler-Swift Parallel.” Notes and Queries 21 (1974): 101-102.

McDonald, Edward David. An Example of Plagiarism Among Elizabethan Pamphleteers: Samuel Rowlands’“Greenes ghost haunting conie-catchers.” Indiana University Bulletin, 1911.

McMullin, B.J. “A Scottish Sexto in Fours and Twos.” The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. Sept. 2001: 286-289.

Murdoch, James B. “Letter: 1875 May 29, 47 Oswald St, Glasgow, to David Laing.” Manuscript Text, 1875.

O’Brian, Edward J., ed. Elizabethan Tales. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1938.

Reeves, Faye Carolyn. “Samuel Rowlands as the Voice of Seventeenth Century Middle Class Society.” Diss. Mississippi State University, 1970.

Rogers, Glenn Clive. "Three Poems by Samuel Rowlands: A Critical Edition of ‘Tis Merrie When Gossips Meete, A Whole Crew of Kind Gossips, and The Bride." Diss. U of North Carolina, N.C., 1974. 5927A.

Waage, Frederick. “Samuel Rowlands.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. First Series. Volume 121. Seventeenth-Century British Nondramatic Poets. Ed. M. Thomas Hester. Detroit: The Gale Group, 1992. 226-234.

Ward, A.W. and A.R. Waller, eds. The Cambridge History of English Literature. Vol. IV. New York: MacMillan, 1933.



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