State-poems; continued from the time of O. Cromwel, to the year 1697

([London], 1703) 03sp

This is the form in which this collection is usually consulted as the second element of the first volume of the four-volume POAS set of 1703–7. 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

Sanguineis nescit miles se mergere rivis 03sp*1 (p. 1)
<[Section heading: `Select poems out of Musarum Oxoniensium [TC section heading continues: `in Oliv. Protect. etc. 1645′] . . .’] [motto: `Gentistogatae advada Isidis Celeusmametricum’] [TC title only: `A poem in Latin by Nath. Crew’] [`Nat Crew, è Coll. Linc. Com.’]>

The soldier now forgets the sanguine seas 03sp*1.1 (p. 1)
<Thus rendred into English [`Nath. Crew, è Coll. Linc. Com.’]>

Regnis minatur multa Regentium 03sp*2 (pp. 2-3)
<[TC title only: `[A poem] in Latin, by M. Mew’] [`Matth. Mew, C.C.C. Schol.’]>

When with the rolling tides of fate 03sp*2.1 (pp. 3-4)
<Thus rendred into English [`Matth. Mew, C.C.C. Schol.’]>

Sic civile chaos dum bellum gessit et una 03sp*3 (p. 4)
<[TC title only: `[A poem] in Latin, by W. Godolphin’] [`Guil. Godolphin, ex Æde Christi.’]>

When civil war through all the chaos reigned 03sp*3.1 (p. 5)
<Thus translated [`Guil. Godolphin, ex Æde Christi.’]>

Intulerant miseranda duae sibi bella sorores 03sp*4 (pp. 6-7)
<[TC title only: `In Latin, by Rob. South’] [`Rob. South, ex Æde Christi.’]>

A fatal war two angry sisters waged 03sp*4.1 (pp. 7-8)
<Thus translated [`Rob. South, ex Æde Christi.’]>

Pax regit Augusti quem vicit Julius Orbem 03sp*5 (p. 8)
<[TC title only: `In Latin, by J. Locke’] [`J. Locke, ex Æde Christi.’]>

A peaceful sway the great Augustus bore 03sp*5.1 (p. 8)
<Thus translated [`J. Locke, ex Æde Christi.’]>

Pax peregrina diu binas nunc uniet oras 03sp*6 (p. 9)
<[TC title only: `In Latin, by J. Busby’] [`J. Busby, A.M. ex Æde Christi.’]>

Peace absent long two states to union brings 03sp*6.1 (pp. 9-10)
<Thus translated [`J. Busby, A.M. ex Æde Christi.’]>

Discolor exuitur vultus turbataque rerum 03sp*7 (pp. 10-11)
<[TC title only: `In Latin, by J. Vaughan’] [`J. Vaughan, A.M. è Coll. Jesu.’]>

Now with a better face affairs appear 03sp*7.1 (pp. 11-12)
<Thus translated [`J. Vaughan. A.M, è Coll. Jesu.’]>

If Greece with so much mirth did entertain 03sp*8 (pp. 12-13)
<[TC title only: `A poem on the same subject, written in English by J. Locke’] [`J. Locke, Student of Ch. Ch.’]>

As when two streams divided gently glide 03sp*9 (pp. 13-15)
<[TC title only: `Another on the same subject, by W. Godolphin’] [`W. Godolphin, St. Ch. Ch.’] [section colophon: `The end of the poems on Oliver Cromwel, and his making a peace with the Dutch’]>

Virtue’s triumphant shrine who dost engage 03sp*10 (p. 16)
<To King Charles the second, on his return [`Rochester Wadh. Coll.’]>

To make my self for this employment fit 03sp*11 (pp. 16-17)
<A young gentleman desirous to be a minister of state, thus pretends to qualify himself>

When James our great monarch so wise and discreet 03sp*12 (pp. 17-18)
<Upon the king’s voyage to Chatham to make bulwarks against the Dutch, and the queen’s miscarriage thereupon>

Room for the Bedlam C——ns hell and fury 03sp*13 (pp. 19-23)
<A charge to the grand inquest of England, 1674>

This rumour entering angry Titan’s ears 03sp*14 (pp. 23-30)
<The Giants Wars, 1682. Some passages preceding the Giants War, translated out of a Greek fragment. [Latin motto] By Dr. B—— >

As citizens that to their conquerors yield 03sp*15 (pp. 30-32)
<On the statue in Stocks-Market>

Must I with patience ever silent sit 03sp*16 (pp. 32-33)
<Satyr. By the Lord R——r [Rochester]>

Not Rome in all her splendour could compare 03sp*17 (pp. 33-35)
<A satyr. By the same hand. Nobilitas sola atque unica virtus est [Rochester]>

Of all the wonders since the world began 03sp*18 (pp. 35-40)
<A satyr. Barbara pyramidum sileat miracula Memphis>

As in the days of yore were odds 03sp*19 (pp. 41-43)
<The royal buss>

Methinks I see our mighty monarch stand 03sp*20 (pp. 43-44)
<Windsor, By the Lord R——r [Rochester]>

Now painter try if thy skilled hand can draw 03sp*21 (pp. 45-48)
<The second advice to a painter. By the author of the first>

Is this the heavenly crown are these the joys 03sp*22 (pp. 48-51)
<Stafford’s ghost. Feb. 1682>

Who can on this picture look 03sp*23 (p. 51)
<On the Duchess of Portsmouth’s picture. September, 1682>

Near Hampton Court there lies a common 03sp*24 (pp. 52-6)
<Hounslow-heath, 1686. [Preamble: `Upon this place are to be seen | Many brave sights. God save the queen.’]>

For this additional declaration 03sp*25 (pp. 56-7)
<The dissenters thanksgiving for the late declaration 1685>

Betwixt Father Patrick and his highness of late 03sp*26 (pp. 57-8)
<The dispute. By the E. of R.—— [Rochester]>

Hic iacet Julius Mazarinus 03sp*27 (pp. 58-60)
<Julii Mazarini Cardinalis epitaphium>

Who’d be the man lewd libels to indite 03sp*28 (pp. 60-4)
<Satyr unmuzzled>

Hah my old friend Mr. Bayes 03sp*29 (pp. 65-110)
<The hind and the panther transversed to the story of the country-mouse, and the city-mouse. [Preface, pp. 67-72] [play-text]>

Not all the threats or favours of a crown 03sp*30 (pp. 111-15)
<[section heading: `State-poems continued.’] The man of honour. Written by the honourable Mr. Montague. Occasioned by a postscript of Pen’s letter>

As the late character of God-like men 03sp*31 (pp. 115-19)
<The man of no honour>

‘Twas at an hour when busy nature lay 03sp*32 (pp. 119-22)
<The vision>

I did intend in rhymes heroic 03sp*33 (pp. 122-6)
<The converts>

Humbly sheweth That we your majesty’s poor slaves 03sp*34 (pp. 126-8)
<The humble address of your majesty’s poet laureate, and others your Catholic and Protestant dissenting rhymers, with the rest of the fraternity of minor poets, inferior versifiers and sonnetters, of your majesty’s ancient corporation of Parnassus>

Appear thou mighty bard to open view 03sp*35 (pp. 128-32)
<The laureate. [Preamble: `Jack Squabb, his history in little drawn | Down to his evening, from his early dawn.’]>

Where is there faith and justice to be found 03sp*36 (pp. 132-3)
<On the bishops’ confinement>

The year of wonder now is come 03sp*37 (pp. 133-5)
<Advice to the Prince of Orange, and the packet-boat returned>

Hail Reverend Tripos guardian of the law 03sp*38 (p. 135)
<A stanza lately put upon Tyburn>

Not hell itself nor gloomy fate can save 03sp*39 (pp. 135-7)
<Harry Care’s last will and testament>

True Englishmen drink a good health to the mitre 03sp*40 (pp. 137-8)
<A new catch in praise of the reverend bishops>

In sable weeds I saw a matron clad 03sp*41 (pp. 138-9)
<Protestantism revived: or the persecuted [TC: `persecuting’] church triumphing>

Two Toms and Nat 03sp*42 (p. 140)
<The council To the tune of Jamaica>

The critics that pretend to sense 03sp*43 (pp. 141-3)
<The audience>

Dryden thy wit has caterwauled too long 03sp*44 (pp. 143-6)
<An epistle to Mr. Dryden>

Wearied with business and with cares oppressed 03sp*45 (pp. 146-9)
<The dream>

Unhappier age who’r saw 03sp*46 (pp. 149-50)
<Over the Lord Dover’s door, 1686>

If Cecil the wise 03sp*47 (p. 150)
<Over the Lord Sal[i]sbury’s door, 1686>

I’m come my future fate to seek 03sp*48 (pp. 150-1)
<To the speaking-head>

‘Tis a strange thing to think on 03sp*49 (p. 151)
<Essay written over his door upon an institution, and induction>

As down the torrent of an angry flood 03sp*50 (p. 152)
<The fable of the pot and kettle, as it was told by Colonel Titus the night before he kissed the king’s hand [poem concludes with `The Moral’]>

A true dissenter here does lie indeed 03sp*51 (p. 153)
<Epitaph on Harry Care>

Our prologue wit grows flat the nap’s worn off 03sp*52 (pp. 154-6)
<A lenten prologue refused by the players, 1682>

When God almighty had his palace framed 03sp*53 (pp. 156-7)
<On Easter-day 87 this was found fixed on the king’s chapel door>

The poets tell us idle tales to please us 03sp*54 (pp. 157-8)
<Upon K. J. pistolling a mastiff dog at Banbury, in his last progress>

Had the late famed Lord Rochester survived 03sp*55 (pp. 159-62)
<The metamorphosis>

‘Twas still low ebb of night when not a star 03sp*56 (pp. 162-71)
<Caesar’s ghost>

Believe me Will that those who have least sense 03sp*57 (pp. 171-3)
<The fourth satyr of Boileau to [TC: `by’] W. K. 1687>

Our glorious realm o’er all the earth renowned 03sp*58 (pp. 174-8)
<A congratulary poem on his highness the Prince of Orange his coming into England. Written by Mr. Shadwell>

Madam Immured with rocks of ice no wretches left 03sp*59 (pp. 178-9)
<A congratulatory poem to the most illustrious Queen Mary, upon her arrival in England. By Thomas Shadwell>

Stand forth thou great imposter of our time 03sp*60 (pp. 180-3)
<The observator [Preamble: `Or the history of Hodge, as reported by some; | From his siding with Noll, and scribbling for Rome.’]>

You Catholic statesmen and churchmen rejoice 03sp*61 (pp. 184-5)
<The miracle; how the Duchess of Modena (being in heaven) prayed the B. Virgin that the queen might have a son, and how our lady sent the Angel Gabriel with her smock; upon which the queen was with child. To the tune of O youth, thou hadst better been starved at nurse. In Bartholomew Fair>

Why am I daily thus perplexed 03sp*62 (pp. 186-9)
<Dialogue [between M. and J.]>

Yes fickle Cambridge Perkins found this true 03sp*63 (pp. 189-91)
<On the University of Cambridge’s burning the D. of Monmouth’s picture 1685. who was formerly their chancellor. . . . In answer to this question, In turba semper sequiter fortunam et odit damnatos. By Mr. Stepney>

He that first said it knew the worth of wit 03sp*64 (pp. 191-2)
<Nulla manere diu nequae vivere carminant possum, quae scribuntur aque notoribus. By Mr. Aloffe, T.C.C. [Ayloffe] [TC title: `On the commencement at Camb. . . .’]>

When crowding folks with strange ill faces 03sp*65 (pp. 193-4)
<To Mr. Fleetwood Shepherd. By Mr. P——r>

Whereas by misrepresentation 03sp*66 (pp. 195-9)
<The true and genuine explanation, | Of one King Jame’s declaration>

She’s gone the beauty of our isle is fled 03sp*67 (pp. 199-201)
<On the death of the queen. By my Lord Cutts>

Thou best of poets and thou best of friends 03sp*68 (pp. 202-12)
<Tunbridgialia: or the pleasures of Tunbridge. In a letter to a friend. By Mr. Peter Causton, merchant>

Worthy that man to ‘scape mortality 03sp*69 (pp. 212-14)
<An essay on writing, and the art and mystery of printing. A translation out of the anthology>

Gentle reproofs have long been tried in vain 03sp*70 (pp. 214-15)
<Prologue, By the E. of R——r [Rochester]>

Maids need no more their silver piss-pots scour 03sp*71 (pp. 215–16)
<On melting down the plate: or, the piss-pot’s farewell, 1697>

Blessed he that with a mighty hand 03sp*72 (pp. 216-18)
<On content>

At five this morn when Phoebus raised his head 03sp*73 (pp. 218-23)
<Tunbridge-Well’s. By the Earl of Rochester, June 30. 1675>

Can learning’s orb when such a star expires 03sp*74 (pp. 223-5)
<In memory of Joseph Washington, Esq; late of the Middle Temple, an elegy. Written by N. Tate, servant to their majesties>

When souls unite in generous friendship joined 03sp*75 (pp. 226-7)

As leaves which from the trees blown down 03sp*76 (p. 227)
<The wish>

Celia now my heart has broke 03sp*77 (pp. 228-9)
<The deliverance>

They talk of raptures flames and darts 03sp*78 (p. 229)
<Song ex tempore>

O solitude my sweetest choice 03sp*79 (pp. 229-36)
<Of solitude>

Farewell thou Stygian juice which does bewitch 03sp*80 (pp. 236-8)
<A satyr against brandy>

As reading of romances did inspire 03sp*81 (p. 238)
<A prologue spoken by Mr. Mounfort, after he came from the army, and acted on the stage>

How cruel was Alonzo’s fate 03sp*82 (p. 239)
<On the Infanta of Portugal>

Let ancients boast no more 03sp*83 (pp. 239-40)
<Pindaric. By the Lord R——r [Rochester]>

Jure et amore tui modo spes nunc gloria regni 03sp*84 (pp. 241-2)
<On the return of King Charles II. This should have been put next after the poems on Oliver, but was misplaced. [`R. South, A.M. ex Ædi Christi.’]>

God’s and thy right made thee our hope before 03sp*84.1 (pp. 242-3)
<Thus translated [not in TC]>

In doggerel rhymes we seldom use 03sp*85 (pp. 243-6)
<On the late invention of the new lights. [Motto: `— Velut inter Ignes | Luna minores — Hor.’]>

What fools are they who used to cry 03sp*86 (pp. 246-8)
<On the late invention of the penny-post, by Mr. Dockwra. [Motto: `Volvitur et volvetur in omne volubilis aevum’] [colophon: `Finis’]>

O vos qui de salute vestrâ securi estis 03sp*87 (p. 249)
<[section heading: `Additions’; none of these are in TC] Epitaphium. Fle—— She—— [on Fleetwood Shepherd]>

Sta viator sive tu Veneri sive Baccho vixeris Idoneus 03sp*88 (pp. 249-50)
<Aliud. Per * amicum Fle—— She—— * T. Bro—— [Brown; on Fleetwood Shepherd]>

When Tewksbury Mustard shall travel abroad 03sp*89 (p. 251)
<A prophecy by Sir F. S. [Shepherd]>

When the last of all knights and the worst of all knaves 03sp*90 (p. 251)
<An answer to the prophecy>

Seraphic Lord whom heaven for wonder meant 03sp*91 (pp. 251-2)
<On the penitent death of the Lord Roch—r [Rochester]>

As on his death-bed grasping Strephon lay 03sp*92 (p. 253)
<On the Lord Rochester’s death. By Mr. Flatman>

Cum Strephon extremas moriturus duxerit horas 03sp*93 (pp. 253-4)
<The same in Latin by Mr. Hanbury>

Were I to choose what sort of corpse I’d wear 03sp*94 (pp. 254-9)
<An answer to the Lord Rochester’s Satyr on man. By Dr. P—— >

Beneath this place /Is stowed his grace 03sp*95 (pp. 259-60)
<An epitaph on the D. of G—— By F. S——d [Shepherd]>

I will sing in the praise if you’ll lend but an ear 03sp*96 (pp. 260-3)
<The Iniskilling regiment>

A mighty great fleet the like was ne’er seen 03sp*97 (pp. 263-4)
<A ballad on the fleet>