London, British Library, Additional MS 23722 (BLa22)

On title-page (f. 1r): `Poems, chiefly Political, referring to Persons & Occurences of the Reigns of King Charles II & King James II’. A coherent anthology written in a clear but somewhat inelegant hand. TP must be later, and is inaccurate as the latest items are circa 1680. The scribe preferred to start a new work on a new page, but later went back and wrote short pieces in the blank spaces. These are listed out of order in the Table of Contents. Original pagination (with some numbering skips) and modern foliation both given.

As cities that to the fierce conqueror yield BLa22*1 (f. 2r-v; [not counted in pagination])
Yet we’d better by far have him than his brother
<Upon Sir Robert Viner’s setting up the king’s statue in Woolchurch Market>

I sing the praise of a worthy wight BLa22*2 (ff. 3r-4v; pp. 1-4)
For his father was ruined by the first of that line
<On the D[uke] of Buckingham>

How can this nation ever thrive BLa22*3 (f. 4v; p. 4)
The mole the devil and the hog
<On the cabal [title from TC, where it is listed out of order]>

Hobbes his religion Hide his morals gave BLa22*4 (f. 4v; p. 4)
To God and man a most ungrateful slave
<On C. R. [`On the king’ in TC, listed out of order]>

Here lives a merry king BLa22*5 (f. 4v; p. 4)
Nor ever did a wise one
<On the king [title in TC only (covering this and previous item), listed out of order]>

As t’other night I in bed thinking lay BLa22*6 (ff. 5r-10v; pp. 5-16)
‘Tis ten to one but we shall dream again
<The Gambol. A dream of the grand cabal>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain BLa22*7 (ff. 11r-12v; pp. 17-20)
This crowd of traitors hanged in effigy
<An advice to the painter how he may draw the Duke of York>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command BLa22*8 (f. 12v; p. 20)
Till the stroke’s struck which they can ne’er retrieve
<To the king>

Painter once more thy pencil reassume BLa22*9 (f. 13r-v; pp. 21-2)
Leave Temple single to be beat i’th’ city
<A new advice to the painter 1674>

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the states of Holland BLa22*10 (f. 14r; p. 23)
but as for the way of the Dutch it shall prosper
<First psalm a la mode de France [prose text]>

Why does the Prince of Orange with his heretics rage BLa22*10.1 (f. 14r-v; pp. 23-4)
As it was in the beginning of the wars etc
<Psalm the second [end: written by a F Jesuit] [prose text]>

Pacto uno binis thalamis belloque triformi BLa22*11 (f. 15r; p. 25)
Regnum prodidit Aedes condidit exuit ostrum
<Upon the L[or]d Hide [here as an epigraph to `Pride, lust, ambition…’ which follows, not listed separately in TC]>

Pride lust ambition and the people’s hate BLa22*12 (f. 15r-v; pp. 25-6)
The nation may most justly claim his head
<Upon the L[or]d Hide [title above previous epigraph]>

Kendall is dead and Cambridge riding post BLa22*13 (f. 15v; p. 26)
What fitter sacrifice for Denham’s ghost
<On Clarendon’s grandchildren [distich, listed out of order in TC]>

Within this place are lodgings appointed BLa22*14 (f. 15v; p. 26)
For the damned whore Nell Gwyn the lord’s anointed
<On Nell Gwyn’s chamber door [distich, listed out of order in TC]>

Charles by the grace of God king of Great Britain BLa22*15 (f. 15v; p. 26)
By little Miss Davis was all beshitten
<On the king’s chamber door [distich, listed out of order in TC]>

I’ the isle of Britain long since famous grown BLa22*16 (f. 16r-v; pp. 27-8)
To be by him thus loved and loved so late
<By the Lord Rochester 1675>

<No pages 29-30, but no TC entry to indicate loss of text>

Chaste pious prudent Charles the second BLa22*17 (ff. 17r-19v; pp. 31-6)
Is wretched kinged by storks or logs
<The history of insipids>

When Hodge had numbered up how many score BLa22*18 (ff. 20r-22v; pp. 37-42)
His body fell out fled his frighted soul
<Hodge 1678/9. [Preamble:] A country clown called Hodge went up to view / The pyramid, pray mark what did ensue>

From the dark Stygian lake I come BLa22*19 (ff. 22v-23r; pp. 42-3)
Th’ Assyrian’s palace to his urn
<Marvell’s ghost>

As Colon drove his sheep along BLa22*20 (ff. 23v-25v; pp. 44-8)
Blither girls than any there
<Colon. 1679>

Near Holborne lies a park of great renown BLa22*21 (f. 26r-v; pp. 49-50)
When such turd flies break through cobweb laws
<A watchman killed by the D[uke of] Somerset, D[uke of] Albermarle, D[uke of] Monmouth>

One whole piece of the Duchess of Cleveland’s honesty BLa22*22 (ff. 27r-28v; pp. 51-4)
under the hands of witnesses he or she shall have 500 pounds for their pain
<Aug[ust] Thursday the 8th — 73 at the Royal Coffee-house near Whitehall is to be sold by inch of candle these following goods in small lots [prose text] [TC title `Goods exposed to sale by inch of candle’]>

We read in profane and sacred records BLa22*23 (ff. 29r-32r; pp. 55-61)
There is ten times more treason in brandy and ale
<A dialogue between the two horses, Woolchurch and Charing Cross [listed out of order in TC]>

From the blessed regions of eternal day BLa22*24 (ff. 32v-34r; pp. 62-5)
Say we deserved no longer to be free
<My Lord Lucas his ghost>

Ah Raleigh when thy breath thou didst resign BLa22*25 (ff. 34r-37r; pp. 65-71)
No poisonous tyrants on thy earth shall live
<A dialogue between Britannia and Sir Walter Raleigh>

Now painter if thou darest design that fight BLa22*26 (ff. 37v-41r; pp. 72-9)
In Petty’s double-keeled experiment
<The second advice to a painter 1665>

Imperial prince king of the seas and isles BLa22*27 (f. 41r-v; pp. 79-80)
Ride all insulting o’er the downs and Thames
<To the king>

Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love BLa22*28 (ff. 42r-48v; pp. 81-96)
Faith thou hast drawn her in effigy
<The third advice to a painter on our last summer’s success against French and Dutch 1666 [note at the bottom: `To the King, vide page 114′, ie conclusion to poem `Great prince and so much greater…’ #35 below] [no pages 88-89, but no text missing]>

<No pages 97-98, but no TC entry to indicate loss of text>

I sing a woeful ditty BLa22*29 (f. 49r-v; pp. 99-100)
How the bullets will whistle the cannons will roar
<A lampoon>

Prorogued on prorogation damned rogues and whores BLa22*30 (ff. 50r-51v; pp. 101-4)
If not our next wish is we may all be free
<A complaint of a prorogued parliament man 1671/2>

Out of mere love and arrant devotion BLa22*31 (f. 51v; p. 104)
But the hellfire of marriage none can endure
<By the E[arl] of Rochester [end: Rochester]>

As some brave admiral in former wars BLa22*32 (f. 52r-v; pp. 105-6)
If at my counsel he repents and drinks
<The disabled debauchee by the E[arl] of Rochester 1675 [complete, but stanzas out of order]>

<No pages 107-108, but no TC entry to indicate loss of text>

Cod’s life we’re undone a pox of your son BLa22*33 (ff. 53r-54r; pp. 109-111)
Turn which way we will we’re undone
<The sum of a discourse between the king and duke [TC adds `of York’]>

Julian / In verse to ease thy wants I write BLa22*34 (ff. 54v-55v; pp. 112-14)
May villain Frank fuck Mazarine no more
<A letter to Julian 1679]>

Great prince and so much greater as more wise BLa22*35 (ff. 55v-56r; pp. 114-15)
To woods and groves which once she painted sings
<To the king. Belonging to the Third Advice and placed page 96 [i.e. `Sandwich in Spain . . .’ above] [listed out of order in TC]>

Draw England ruined by what was giv’n before BLa22*36 (ff. 56r-58r; pp. 115-19)
Which most the Dutch or parliament they fear
<The fourth advice — 1668 [TC adds `to the P[ainter]’]>

Painter where was’t thy former work did cease BLa22*37 (ff. 58v-59r; pp. 120-1)
<The fifth advice [incomplete after 3 lines at top of f. 59r; f. 59v (p. 124) blank]>

<No pages 122-123, but no TC entry to indicate loss of text>

When Clarendon had discerned beforehand BLa22*38 (ff. 60r-62r; pp. 125-9)
He comes to be roasted next St James’s Fair
<Clarendon’s housewarming>

From a sensual proud atheistical life BLa22*39 (ff. 62v-63v; pp. 130-2)
From making our heirs to be Morrice and Clayton / Libera nos
<A litany on the Duke of Buckingham>

Come listen good people to what I shall say BLa22*40 (ff. 64r-v; pp. 133-4)
To the shame and confusion of Perkin Warbeck
<The Duke of Monmouth’s downfall 1679 [the last line is a refrain]>

We have raised an army of lusty young fellows BLa22*41 (f. 64v; p. 134)
Or else we should sing but a sorrowful ditty
<A song upon disbanding the army that was raised against the French 1678/9 [later hand?; listed out of order in TC]>

You good men of Middlesex countrymen dear BLa22*42 (f. 65r-v; pp. 135-6)
Till thou soften’st his heart and open’st his ears
<Sir Robert Peyton’s downfall 1679>

How dull and how insensible a beast BLa22*43 (ff. 66r-70r; pp. 137-145)
Learn to write well or not to write at all
<An essay upon satyr 1679>

Disgraced undone forlorn made Fortune’s sport BLa22*44 (f. 70v; p. 146)
Next after you by God I will be king
<A letter of the D[uke] of Monmouth to the king 1679/80]>

Let the Commons hunt for plots BLa22*45 (ff. 71r-72r; pp. 147-9)
Sing hey trolly lolly no
<A song 1678/9>

Farewell {Farvell} my poor Danby my pimp and my cheat BLa22*46 (f. 72r; p. 149)
And leave thee to hang like a traitor forlorn
<[no title; not in TC]>

Shame of my life disturber of my tomb BLa22*47 (f. 72v; p. 150)
Like him your angry father kicked you down
<The ghost of honest Tho[mas] Ross to his pupil the D[uke] of Monmouth 1679/80>

Amongst the race of England’s modern peers BLa22*48 (ff. 73r-74r; pp. 151-3)
With such a subject and a brother blessed
<A satyr against Lord Roch[ester] and petitionings 1679/80 {petitionings] petitions TC}>

Amongst the writing race of modern wits BLa22*49 (ff. 74r-75r; pp. 153-5)
By gentle poet and by small commander
<An answer to the former satyr>

Here’s a house to be let BLa22*50 (f. 75r-v; pp. 155-6)
But paid for’t at last
<Posted upon the House of Commons door on 26 January [16]79/80 when they met to review a farther prorogation [title and first two stanzas entered on f. 75r, then crossed out and the full text repeated over the page]>

Here lives the wolf justice that butcherly knave BLa22*51 (f. 76r; p. 157)
We’ll die at our doors or at Smithfield we’ll burn
<Posted on a judge’s door about the same time [last in TC, though same hand continues]>

Not Rome in all its splendour could compare BLa22*52 (ff. 76v-77v; pp. 158-60)
And Mrs Stafford yield to Ballock Hall
<Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus [not in TC]>

Clarendon had law and sense BLa22*53 (f. 77v; p. 160)
With here and there a pawn
<[no title; not in TC]>

Preserved by wonder in the oak O Charles BLa22*54 (ff. 78r-79r; pp. 161-3)
But now I think on’t I have said enough
<Nell Gwyn’s and the Duchess of Portsmouth’s naked pictures [not in TC]>

The rabble hate the gentry fear BLa22*55 (f. 79v; p. 164)
And thou the lumpish log
<[no title; not in TC]>

<TC, untitled on f. [81]r>