Poetry: Original, Translations, Editions, and Criticism


  • Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (Longmans, Green, 1872) [This Internet Archive scan is of the 1913 New Impression, about which Lang writes in the preface, “Moved by the request of a friend too partial to ‘my early blights,’ in the phrase of Keats, I have consented to reprint ‘Ballads and Lyrics of Old France’ exactly as they appeared in 1872. Modified versions of some of the pieces have been published at various dates; they are now given in their pristine form, with the correction of two or three misprints.]
  • XXII Ballades in Blue China (London: C. Kegan Paul, 1880)
  • Helen of Troy. (Longmans, Green, 1882) [The Internet Archive Scan is from New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1882]. (See also the 1913 reissue.)
  • Ballads and Verses Vain (Longmans, Green, 1884 [The Internet Archive scan is Charles Scribner’s Sons])
  • Rhymes à la Mode (Kegan Paul, Trench, 1884) [This scan is dated 1885.]
  • Almae matres: St. Andrews, 1862; Oxford, 1865 (Edinburgh: T. & A. Constable, 1887)
  • Grass of Parnassus. Rhymes old and new. (Longmans, Green, 1888)
  • XXXII Ballades in Blue China (Kegan Paul, Trench, 1888) “The Verses which did not appear in the original edition of Ballades in Blue China have for the most part been published in Longman’s and Harper’s Magazine.
  • Ban and Arrière Ban (Longman’s, Green, 1894)
  • Lyrics (1903) [WorldCat lists this title as being published both by T. B. Mosher (Portland, ME) and Bibelot]
  • New Collected Rhymes (Longmans, Green, 1905)
  • Ode on a Distant Memory of Jane Eyre [Clement K. Shorter, 1912, 8 pages]. The ode is reprinted in full in Roger Lancelyn Green’s biography pp. 10–11. It is funny, facetious, and probably untrue [as regards his never having reread Brontë’s novel]. See also Lang’s article on Charlotte Brontë in Good Words, Dec. 1889, which begins, “‘Jane Eyre’ was the first novel I ever read (at the critical age of eight did I read it) and ‘Villette’ is the last I have attempted to read. . . . The happy times of true literary pleasure, when we skipped instead of criticising; when we did not give our opinion about books, because they would have been taken away, are far behind; and he who read ‘Jane Eyre’ for enjoyment has just endeavoured to read ‘Vilette’ for business purposes” (236).
  • The Poetical Works of Andrew Lang, In Four Volumes. Edited by Leonora Blanche Lang, (Longmans, Green, 1923).
    Vol. 1 (TOC Categories: Oxford and St Andrews; Scotland; Loyal Lyrics and Deeds of Men; Hesperothen; Books; His Friends, Old and Young; Ballades) 
    Vol. 2
     (TOC Categories: Sonnets [Subcategories of “Cameos” and “To Poets”]; Games and Sport [Subcategories: Cricket, Golf, Fishing]; Ghosts and Kindred Subjects; Pictures and Busts; Translations [Subcategories: Old French Poets, From the Latin, From the Greek; The Little Garland])
    Vol. 3 (TOC Categories: Ballads and Folk-Songs [Subcategory: Folk-Songs]; Miscellaneous; Jubilee Poems)
    Vol. 4 (TOC Categories: Helen of Troy; Songs from The World’s Desire [co-written with H. Rider Haggard] and Cleopatra [by H. Rider Haggard]; The Poet’s Apology)



  • The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, with an Essay on his Poetry by Andrew Lang (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co., 1881). [This scan is from 1883.] [Lang would later write in his November 1887 “At the Sign of the Ship” in Longman’s that he was an unconscious pirate of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems “not, to be sure, from greed of gold, but because ‘I wished to see him look respectable’ . . . . I was not then aware that copyright in Poe’s Poems still lived, and his heirs or assigns are very welcome to my share in the gains of an unconscious piracy. They have only to apply at the Sign of the Ship” (106).
  • Ballads of Books [Edited by Andrew Lang], (Longmans, Green, 1888). As Lang states in his preface: “This collection, ‘Ballads of Books,’ is a recast of the volume of the same name, edited by Mr. Brander Matthews, and published by Mr. Coombes (New York, 1887). An editor must be meddling, and I have altered Mr. Mathew’s work in some respects. The poems are now arranged by the dates of their authors . . . . Mr. Matthews’s dedication is preserved, and this English edition comes to a Poet and a Book-collector with good will from both the American and English editors” (vii)
  • The Blue Poetry Book (Longmans, Green, 1891) [for children] [A clearer 1912 scan is here.]
  • Selected Poems of Robert Burns, with an Introduction by Andrew Lang (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1891.) [This scan is from 1896.] [The introduction is fifty pages.] This edition spurred a difference of opinion between Margaret Oliphant and Andrew Lang: in Oliphant’s posthumously published Autobiography and Letters, a December 28, 1890 letter is quoted in which Oliphant stated that she had a “conversation wtih Mr. Andrew Lang fresh in my mind, in which that accomplished person informed me that he had been once asked to make a volume of selections from Burns, but that instead of doing so he marked the book all over ‘with expressions of dislike and disgust'” (qtd. in “Ship,” October 1899, p. 571). Lang responded indignantly, “Why I made the Selection; I did not do something else instead of making it! You can see the Selection in ‘The Parchment Library’ of Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., as the firm was then styled. . . . I do not remember any expressions of ‘disgust and dislike'” (572).
  • The Lyrics and Ballads of Sir Walter Scott (J. M. Dent, 1894)
  • Robert F. Murray (Author of the Scarlet Gown), His Poems: With a Memoir (Longman’s, Green, 1894) (Lang’s introduction goes until page lxxi.)
  • The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, Edited with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by Andrew Lang, assisted by W. A. Craigie, (Methuen, 1896).
  • Wordsworth [Selections from the Poets] (Longmans, Green, 1897) Lang’s introduction is on pages ix–xxxii.
  • Selections from Coleridge (Longmans, Green, 1898)
  • The Poems and Ballads of Sir Walter Scott, Bart (1900) editor, volume 2, volume 3, volume 4, volume 5, volume 6 [The Internet Archive Scans are from the International Edition and printed in Boston (Dana Estes).]
  • Poems [by Jean Ingelow, Selected and Arranged by Andrew Lang] (Longmans, Green, 1908)
  • The Poems and Plays of Sir Walter Scott, in two volumes, introduction by Andrew Lang, (J. M. Dent, [1911]) vol. 1 [I could not find a scan of volume two]

Biographies and Criticism

  • Alfred Tennyson (Blackwood, 1901 [Modern English Writers Series])
  • Life of Sir Walter Scott (Longmans, Green, 1906)
  • Poets’ Country (T. C. & E. C. Jack, 1907) editor, with Churton Collins, W. J. Loftie, E. Hartley Coleridge, Michael Macmillan

Unknown Category

  • Three Poets of French Bohemia. [François Villon.-Gérard de Nerval.-Henri Murger] (Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1908) Series: Bibilot, vol. 14, no. 5.See WorldCat. [Roger Lancelyn Green notes that this is a pirated edition [248]).
  • Theophile Gautier; Three poets of French Bohemia. [University of St Andrews Library, Lang Collection.] Series: Dark Blue, edited by John C. Freund, vol. 1.

This list was compiled using Roger Lancelyn Green’s Andrew Lang: A Critical Biography, Eleanor De Selms Langstaff’s Andrew Lang, the Andrew Lang listings in Wikipedia, and searches of Internet Archive. WorldCat was consulted when an Internet Archive scan did not exist; however, I did not check WorldCat against every entry (yet). If you are working with a particular text and are unsure of the publication date from other sources, I do recommend that you double-check WorldCat.
Please do contact me if you have any corrections or additions.