Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit, and Euphues and His England, by John Lyly, were published respectively in and , when the author was a young. From Euphues. By John Lyly. Edited by Jack Lynch. The text comes from the first edition, I’ve added the paragraph numbers. The original is in black-letter. John Lyly’s Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England, created a literary sensation in their own age, and had a profound.

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Vain love, that, only coming near to friendship in name, would seem to be the same or better in nature! That the Iuie spreadeth vppon the hard stones?

This young gallant, of more with than wealth, and yet of more wealth than wisdom, seeing himself inferior to none in pleasant conceits, thought himself superior to all in honest conditions, insomuch that he deemed himself so apt to all things, that he gave himself almost to nothing, but practicing of those things commonly which are incident to these sharp wits, fine phrases, smooth quipping, merry taunting, using jesting without mean, and abusing mirth without measure.

If she haue dealte hardely with me, why extoll you so muche my birth?

Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit by John Lyly

Believe me, Eumenides, desire dies in lyl same moment that beauty sickens, and beauty fadeth in the same instant that it flourisheth. I am not he that seeketh prayse for his labour, but pardon for his offence, neither doe I set this foorth for any deuotion in print, but for dutie whith I owe to my Patrone. Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about Euphues, the Anatomy of Witplease sign up. If the sight of such vglye euphuez caused a loathinge of the like sinnes, then my good Euphues consider their plight, and beware of thyne owne perill.


In my mynde Printers and Taylors are bound chiefely to pray for Gentlemen, the one hath so many fantasies to print, the other such diuers euphuees to make, that the pressing yron of the one is neuer out of the fyre, nor the printing presse of the other any tyme lyeth still. The plot, like all didactic euphuistic see?

Alex Covic rated it it was amazing Jul 04, My heart melteth in drops of blood to see a harlot with the one hand rob so many coffers and with the other to rip so many corses. Ojhn, the significance of this novel is not in its story but in its prose style–affected and high-flown–and this was once the rage in England.

In this modern world it is irrelevant in subject matter and great in style. There is style being born euphuse. Acknowledgments Introduction Note on the texts Further reading Euphues: Rhiannon rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

But nowe to thy present tyme: Thys olde Gentleman hauinge finished his dyscourse, Euphues beganne ltly shape hym an aunswere in this sort. No no Eubulusbut I will yeelde to more, then eyther I am bounde to graunte, eyther thou able to proue: Venus had her mole in her cheek which made her more amiable: Woulde you haue one potion ministred to the burning Feuer, and to johb colde Palseye?

Dyd they not euohues that whiche no man ought to forgette, that the tender youth of a childe is lyke the temperinge of newe waxe apte to receiue any forme? Alexander valiaunt in warre, yet gyuen to wine. Aristippus his wart, Lycurgus his wen: Madalynn rated it did not like it Sep 08, Selected works of Lyly are on line.


In what sudden misery art thou wrapped! You carefull, we carelesse, wee bolde, kohn fearefull, we in all pointes contrary vnto you and ye in all pointes vnlike vnto vs. Ah Euphues, into what misfortune art thou brought!

Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

Lyly’s linguistic style, originating in his first books, is known as Euphuism. It is like to fare with thee as with the eagle, which dieth neither for age nor with sickness but with famine, for although thy stomach hunger, yet thy heart will not suffer thee to eat.

The Birde Faurashath a great voyce but a small body, the thunder a greate clappe, yet but a lyttle stone, the emptie vessell giueth a greater sownd, then the full barrell. The Troyans repented to late when their towne was spoiled: This modern-spelling edition of the two works, the first for nearly a century, is designed to allow the twenty-first century reader access to this culturally significant text and to explore the fascination that it exerted.

John Lyly: Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit; excerpt

Choose your country or region Close. Euphues is eloquent when making his cafe, can’t resist a book that is about wit. Lyly was one of those who wanted to raise English prose to the height of sophistication of the great Latin stylists.

Much of Love’s Labour’s Lost is influenced by the Court comedies of Lyly; again the elevated style is parodied, especially in euhues character of Don Adriano de Armado, who is another lovesick soldier.