Poems on affairs of state: from the time of Oliver Cromwell, to the abdication of K. James the second

5th edition, [vol. I] ([London], 1703). (03-1pa)

This is the form in which this collection is usually consulted as the first element of the first volume of the four-volume POAS set of 1703–7 (the second being 03sp). The texts of the entire set may be read and searched on the LION and ECCO digital databases. 1703–07’s attributions should be treated with caution.. Its texts of lampoons were often from late and corrupt MS sources, which were then polished and sanitised for their print appearance; however, this was the only form in which they were generally known prior to the appearance of the seven-volume Yale U.P. POAS of 1963–75.

Preface. Table of Contents

While with a strong and yet a gentle hand 03-1pa*1 (pp. 1-6)
<A panegyric on O. Cromwell, and his victories. By E. Waller, Esq.>

And now ’tis time for their officious haste 03-1pa*2 (pp. 6-11)
<[Section heading: `Three poems on the death of the late protector Oliver Cromwell. Written by Mr. John Dryden, Mr. Sprat of Oxford, and Mr. Edm. Waller.’] Heroic stanzas on the late usurper Oliver Cromwell: written after his funeral, by Mr. Dryden>

Sir Seeing you are pleased to think fit that these papers 03-1pa*3 (p. 12)
<To the reverend Dr. Wilkins, warden of Wadham College in Oxford [letter; not in TC]>

‘Tis true great name thou art secure 03-1pa*4 (pp. 13-23)
<To the happy memory of the late usurper, Oliver Cromwell. By Mr. Sprat of Oxon. Pindaric odes>

We must resign heav’n his great soul does claim 03-1pa*5 (pp. 23-4)
<Upon the late storm, and death of the late usurper Oliver Cromwell, ensuing the same. By Mr. Waller>

Nay painter if thou dar’st design that fight 03-1pa*6 (pp. 24-33)
<Directions to a painter concerning the Dutch War: By Sir John Denham, 1667 [TC has `said to be written by Sir John Denham, but believed to be writ by Mr. Milton’]>

Imperial prince king of the seas and isles 03-1pa*7 (p. 33)
<To the king. By Sir John Denham>

Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love 03-1pa*8 (pp. 34-45)
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham>

Great prince and so much greater as more wise 03-1pa*9 (pp. 45-6)
<To the king. By Sir John Denham>

Draw England ruined by what was given before 03-1pa*10 (pp. 46-9)
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham>

Painter where was’t thy former work did cease 03-1pa*11 (pp. 50-4)
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham >

Bella fugis bellas sequeris belloque repugnas 03-1pa*11.1 (p. 54)
<Quae sequuntur, in limine Thalami Regii, à nescio quo nebulone scripta, reperiebantur. [concludes the previous poem; not in TC]>

After two fittings now our lady-state 03-1pa*12 (pp. 54-78)
<The last instructions to a painter, about the Dutch Wars, 1667. By A. Marvel, Esq.>

So his bold tube man to the sun applied 03-1pa*13 (pp. 78-9)
<To the king. [`By A.M.’] [Marvell]>

Of the old heroes when the warlike shades 03-1pa*14 (pp. 79-84)
<The Royal [TC: `Loyal’] Scot. By Cleaveland’s ghost, upon the death of Captain Douglas, burnt on his ship at Chatham. [`By A.M.’] [Marvell]>

Ah Raleigh when thou didst thy breath resign 03-1pa*15 (pp. 84-89)
<Britannia and Raleigh. By A. Marvell, Esq.>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain 03-1pa*16 (pp. 89-92)
<Advice to a painter. By A. Marvel, Esq.>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command 03-1pa*17 (p. 92)
<To the king. [TC: `by the same’] [Marvell]>

For faults and follies London’s doom shall fix 03-1pa*18 (pp. 92-94)
<Nostradamus’s prophecy. By A. Marvel, Esq;>

It happened in the twilight of the day 03-1pa*19 (pp. 94-97)
<Sir Edmunbury Godfrey’s ghost>

Of a tall stature and of sable hue 03-1pa*20 (pp. 97-101)
<An historical poem. By A. Marvel, Esq;>

When Hodge had numbered up how many score 03-1pa*21 (pp. 102-6)
<Hodge’s vision from the monument, December 1675. By A. Marvell, Esq. [With preliminary couplet `A country clown called Hodge . . .’]>

We read in profane and sacred records 03-1pa*22 (pp. 106-12)
<A dialogue between two horses. By Andrew Marvell, Esq; 1674. [With section headings: `The Introduction’, `The Dialogue’, `Conclusion’]>

The Londoners gent to the king do present 03-1pa*23 (pp. 112-15)
<On the Lord Mayor and court of aldermen, presenting the late king and Duke of York each with a copy of their freedom, Anno Dom. 1674. By A. Marvel, Esq;>

When daring Blood his rent to have regained 03-1pa*24 (p. 115)
<On Blood’s stealing the crown. By A. Marvel Esq;>

Painter once more thy pencil reassume / And draw me 03-1pa*25 (pp. 115-17)
<Further instructions to a painter, 1670. By A. Marvel, Esq;>

Whither O whither wander I forlorn? 03-1pa*26 (pp. 117-22)
<Oceana and Brittania. By A. Marvel Esq; [Motto: `Non ego sum Vates, sed prisci conscius aevi’]>

While lazy prelates leaned their mitred heads 03-1pa*27 (pp. 122-3)
<On his excellent friend Mr. Andrew Marvell, 1677>

Under this stone does lie 03-1pa*28 (pp. 123-5)
<An epitaph on the Lord Fairfax. By the D. of Buckingham>

Whenever tyrants fall the air 03-1pa*29 (pp. 125-7)
<An essay upon the Earl of Shaftesbury’s death>

‘Tis strange that you to whom I’ve long been known 03-1pa*30 (pp. 128-31)
<A satyr in answer to a friend, 1682>

The freeborn English generous and wise 03-1pa*31 (p. 131)
<A character of the English. In allusion to Tacit. de Vit. Agric.>

As Cullen drove his sheep along 03-1pa*32 (pp. 132-5)
<Cullen with his flock of misses, 1679>

The groans dear Armstrong which the world employ 03-1pa*33 (pp. 135-6)
<Sir Tho. Armstrong’s ghost>

As t’other night in bed I thinking lay 03-1pa*34 (pp. 136-47)
<The royal game; or, a princely new play found in a dream, etc. 1672 [A 15-line prologue, beginning `Whoever looks about and minds things well’, is followed by the main title:] The dream of the cabal: a prophetic satyr. Anno 1672] [listed separately in TC]>

Near Holborne lies a park of great renown 03-1pa*35 (pp. 147-8)
<On the three dukes killing the beadle on Sunday Morning, Feb. the 26th, 1671 [TC: `1670′]>

Chaste pious prudent Charles the second 03-1pa*36 (pp. 149-54)
<The history of insipids: a lampoon, 1676. By the Lord Roch—r [Rochester]>

Tired with the noisome follies of the age 03-1pa*37 (pp. 154-60)
<Rochester’s farewel [TC: `to the court’], 1680>

From the dark Stygian lake I come 03-1pa*38 (pp. 160-1)
<Marvel’s ghost. By Mr. [TC: `Jo.’] Ayloffe>

Cursed be the timorous fool whose feeble mind 03-1pa*39 (pp. 161-3)
<The true Englishman, 1686>

Clarendon had law and sense 03-1pa*40 (pp. 163-4)
<On the young statesman [TC: `statesmen’]. By J. Dryden, 1680>

Methinks I see you newly risen 03-1pa*41 (pp. 164-6)
<Portsmouth’s looking-glass. By the Lord Roch—r [Rochester]>

Since there are some that with me see the state 03-1pa*42 (pp. 166-8)
<The impartial trimmer, 1682>

Fair royal maid permit a youth undone 03-1pa*43 (pp. 168-70)
<Bajazet to Gloriana, 1684 [TC: `1683′]>

In the isle of Great Britain long since famous known 03-1pa*44 (p. 171)
<On King Charles, by the Earl of Rochester; for which he was banished the court, and turned mountebank>

What should I ask my friends which best would be 03-1pa*45 (pp. 172-3)
<Cato’s answer to Libanius, when he advised him to go and consult the oracle of Jupeter Hamon; translated out of the 9th book of Lucan, beginning at Quid quin Labiene jubes, etc. By Mr. John Ayloffe>

From the blest regions of eternal day 03-1pa*46 (pp. 173-5)
<Lord Lucas’s ghost [TC: `1687′]>

Algernon Sidney fills this tomb 03-1pa*47 (p. 175)
<An epitaph [TC: `on Algernon Sidney’]>

What strepitantious noise is it that sounds 03-1pa*48 (p. 176)
<The brazen-head, 1688>

‘Tis well you’ve thought upon the chiefest cause 03-1pa*48.1 (pp. 176-7)
<The answer [TC: `to it’]>

Mortality would be too frail to hear 03-1pa*49 (pp. 177-9)
<Upon the execrable murder of the [TC: `right’] honourable Arthur Earl of Essex>

How dull and how insensible a beast 03-1pa*50 (pp. 179-86)
<An essay upon satyr: by J. Dry—en, Esquire [Dryden]>

I have too long endured her guilty scorn 03-1pa*51 (pp. 186-9)
<Upon an undeserving and ungrateful mistress, whom he could not help loving. Being a paraphrastical translation of Ovid’s tenth elegy, Lib. 3. Amorum>

Once how I doted on this jilting town 03-1pa*52 (pp. 190-3)
<The town life>

Since the united cunning of the stage 03-1pa*53 (pp. 194-8)
<A satyr on the modern translators. Odi imitatores servum pecus, etc. By Mr. P——r. [TC: `1684′]>

Here’s a house to be let / For C──s b── d swore 03-1pa*54 (p. 199)
<The parliament house to be let, 1678>

I’ve heard the muses were still soft and kind 03-1pa*55 (pp. 199-201)
<Advice to Apollo, 1678>

In Milford lane near to St. Clement’s steeple 03-1pa*56 (pp. 201-3)
<The duel of the crabs: By the Lord B——st. Occasioned by Sir R. Howard’s Duel of the stags [Buckhurst]>

Since to restrain our joys that ill but rude 03-1pa*57 (pp. 204-5)
<Instructions to his mistress how to behave her self at supper with her husband, 1682>

Apollo concerned to see the transgressions 03-1pa*58 (pp. 206-11)
<The sessions of the poets, to the tune of Cook Lawrel>

What art thou o thou new-found pain 03-1pa*59 (pp. 212-15)
<Desire. A pindaric>

Once more a father and a son fall out 03-1pa*60 (pp. 215-16)
<On the prince’s going to England with an army to restore the government, 1688. [Motto: `Hunc saltem everso Juvenem succurrere Saeclo | Ne prohibite —— Virg. Georg. Lib. I.’]>

R. H. they say is gone to sea 03-1pa*61 (pp. 216-17)
<On his royal highness’s voyage beyond sea, March 3rd. 1678>

The rabble hates the gentry fear 03-1pa*62 (p. 217)
<The rabble, 1680>

‘Twere folly for ever 03-1pa*63 (pp. 218-20)
<A new song of the times, 1683>

As restless on my bed one night I lay 03-1pa*64 (pp. 220-45 [245 misprint for 225])
<The battle royal. A dream, 1687 [pagination incorrect: p.224 followed by p.245]>

Here uninterred suspends though not to save 03-1pa*65 (pp. 245-6)
<An epitaph upon Felton, who was hanged in chains for murdering the old Duke of Buckingham: Written by the late Duke of Buckingham>

‘Tis well he’s gone o had he never been 03-1pa*66 (pp. 246-7)
<An answer to Mr. Waller’s poem on Oliver’s death, called the storm: Written by Sir W—— G——n>

When Clarendon had discerned beforehand 03-1pa*67 (pp. 247-50)
<Clarendon’s house-warming: printed formerly with the Directions to a Painter. Writ by an unknown hand>

Here lie the sacred bones 03-1pa*68 (p. 251)
<Upon his house. [not in TC]>

When plate was at pawn and fob at an ebb 03-1pa*69 (pp. 251-3)
<Royal resolutions: By A. Marvell, Esq;>

Pride lust ambition and the people’s hate 03-1pa*70 (p. 253)
<On the Lord Chancellor H——e’s disgrace and banishment by King Charles II>

As when proud Lucifer aimed at a throne 03-1pa*71 (pp. 254-5)
<The parallel, 1682>

Since now my Silvia is as kind as fair 03-1pa*72 (pp. 255-8)
<The perfect enjoyment: By the E— of R. [TC: `Rochester’]>

Husband thou dull unpitied miscreant 03-1pa*73 (pp. 258-60)
<A satyr against marriage: By the same>

Now the reformer of the court and stage 03-1pa*74 (pp. 261-7)
<[Section heading `Addenda’] In opposition to Mr. Dryden’s Essay on Satyr, 1680 [TC: `1689′]>