London, British Library, Additional MS 40060 (BLa60)

An anthology of satires 1698–1711, entered in an untidy hand. On front verso: `Nov: ye 17th 1701 / 1:6 / Lond’.

O Harry canst thou find no subject fit BLa60*1 (ff. 1r-2v)
Who am thy most assured friend J B
<A letter from J: B to H: Hevenginham occasioned by his two last letters: May 1698 [`June 1697′]>

When Burnet perceived that the beautiful dames BLa60*2 (ff. 3r-4r)
The lady in gratitude grants him a favour
<A ballad to the tune of Packingtons Pound [`1698′]>

When God to punish Adam’s sons inclined BLa60*3 (f. 4r)
By God I’ll have Iscariot canonized
<On P[ ] the E[ ] [`1695/6′]>

Attend ye good people all I pray BLa60*4 (ff. 4v-5v)
May he send them all on such errands as these
<[no title] [`1687′]>

What can resist our two great navies joined BLa60*5 (ff. 6r-7r)
With that we conquer France with this mankind
<La flot[t]e triomphante [`Nov: 1701′] [2 lines, followed by a list of players and their characters]>

By Bacchus and by Venus swear BLa60*6 (f. 7r)
And she you[r] love prove kind and sound
<The oath of the toast by Mr Congreve>

En faveur de la France et L’Espagne BLa60*7 (f. 7v)
Vous trouvere’s toujours quinte et quatorze en main

Contre quinte et quatorze on peu fair[e] un beau jeu BLa60*7.1 (f. 7v)
Le trouveront copot quinte et quatorze en main
<Reponse sur les meme rimes [`Decr 1701′]>

An engrossed bill from the lords entitled an act BLa60*8 (ff. 8r-9v)
but they and their emissaries presume to do the same
<Votes [`Bro: Walsh speaker. March 1701/2′] [prose text]>

Mrs Die’s fair hand BLa60*9 (f. 10r)
By mine that none is
<Extempore on Mrs Die Kirk playing at [`Ap: 1702′]>

Illustrious steed who should the zodiac grace BLa60*10 (f. 10v)
But both enjoy the liberty they gave
<[no title] [`Mar: 1701/2′]>

In sable weeds the beaux and belles appear BLa60*11 (f. 11r)
Had Sorrel stumbled thirteen year ago
<The mourners [`May 1702′]>

Last year in the spring / The life of the king BLa60*12 (ff. 11v-12r)
For a prince that has never offended
<On the capitation [`1696/7′]>

What hand what art can form the artful piece BLa60*13 (ff. 12v-15r)
But sell their country in a closer way
<Advice to a painter [`1697′]>

A dean and prebendary BLa60*14 (ff. 15v-16v)
And ne’er was heard on since
<A ballad to the tune of A soldier and a sailor [or Taylor?] [`1699. Dr Stillingfleet Dean of St Pauls Burnet Master of the Charter Dr Sherlock Prebend of [ ]’; also `1700′ at end of verse 3]>

Sicilian muse begin a loftier flight BLa60*15 (ff. 17r-20r)
Honest George Churchill may supply the place
<The Golden Age retrieved or the fourth eclogue of Virgil translated supposed to be taken from a sybiline prophecy [`Jan: 1702/3′]>

What can I say what arguments can prove BLa60*16 (ff. 20v-23r)
Than any youth for any nymph before
<Celia to Damon [`by Mr Prior. Feb: 1702/3′]>

Sicilian goddess whose prophetic tongue BLa60*17 (ff. 23v-26r)
The poet’s envy and the critic’s pain
<[no title] [`Feb: 1702/3′]>

The queen a message to the senate sent BLa60*18 (f. 26v)
At which her grace and majesty took snuff
<[no title] [`Mar: 1702/3′]>

When pride provoked old Satan to rebel BLa60*19 (f. 27r)
On this side Hell when Nassau leads the way
<[no title] [`Ap: 1703′]>

When great Nassau is dead and gone BLa60*20 (ff. 27v-29v)
The strangest queendom ever was
<The prophecy [`June 1703′]>

Hail tuneful pair say by what wondrous charms BLa60*21 (f. 30r)
To her shrub hedges and tall Nottingham
<On Orpheus and Signora Margarita [`July 1703′]>

Cy gist Saint Evremont de célèbre memoir BLa60*22 (f. 30v)
Il mit avec son bien son ame a fond perdu
<Epitaph [`Sep: 1703′]>

When Jove to Ida did the gods invite BLa60*23 (ff. 30v-31r)
She damns a thousand and she saves but one
<[no title; cf. #32 below] [`Nov: 1703′]>

I fain would know which is the wiser man BLa60*24 (f. 31v)
Each hath a chance to either hit or miss
<The request [`Nov 1703′]>

Vandyke had colours force and art BLa60*25 (ff. 31v-32r)
But she ne’er made a finished piece before
<Upon Mr Waller’s verses on the Lady Sunderland by my Lord Hallifax>

The beauteous Sunderland much brighter shines BLa60*26 (f. 32r)
With pleasing sense their passions to impart
<The Duchess of Rutland on Lord Hallifax’s verses>

O fading beauty which so soon art gone BLa60*27 (f. 32v)
In spite of Kneller’s oil and Halifax’s song
<On the alteration of Lady Sunderland [distich]>

Fairest and latest of the beauteous race BLa60*28 (f. 32v)
Her eyes alone that liberty restrain
<Lady Mary Churchill [`Nov: 1703′]>

Why with disdain do you refuse BLa60*29 (ff. 32v-33v)
As I had cause to love
<To a lady more cruel than fair by Mr Vanbrook on Lady F[ r [`Nov: 1703′]>

From easing female sex in pain BLa60*30 (ff. 33v-35r)
The first c[ ] knight that e’er was seen
<[no title] [`Ap: 1703′]>

Too weak my eyes on her to gaze BLa60*31 (f. 35v)
And she in mercy placed it there
<Mr Adderly on his looking through his perspective glass on Mrs Brudenel and her having one patch on [`Dec ye 1703′]>

When Jove to Ida did the gods invite BLa60*32 (ff. 36r-40v)
Till drinking makes me mellow
<Lady Wharton [`Nov: 1703′] [long list of quatrains addressed to various ladies; cf. #23 above]>

O doctor you’re mistaken ’twas not at Mount Ida BLa60*33 (f. 40v)
‘Twas not in the cellar but up in the garret
<Lady Wharton reverse [a kind of postscript to `When Jove to Ida’ above]>

God bless our sovereign Anne BLa60*34 (ff. 41r-45r)
On ‘tother side the main
<The history and fall of the Conformity Bill being an excellent new song to the tune of The ladies fall etc [`Sic cecinit Robert Wisdome Robert Wysdome ?Jan[uary] 1703/4′]>

An argument proving the Cevennois rebels by the Earl of Nottingham BLa60*35 (ff. 45v-46v)
written by Mr Poultney late clerk of the ordinance in 8o octavo
<A catalogue of books to be sold by auction at the Duke of Malborough’s lodgings at St James’s on Sunday the 25th of July 1703 [`?Jan[uary] 1703/4′] [prose list of books]>

Ye gentle swains who pass your days and nights BLa60*36 (ff. 47r-49v)
Feel not thy joys but feel their own despair
<Delia. A pastoral lamenting the death of Mrs Tempest who died on the day of the great storm Nov[ember] 26th [`Dec: 1703′]>

The glory of our English arms retrieved BLa60*37 (f. 50r)
To stamp his queen and cuckold on one coin
<On the new medal with the queen on one side and the general on horseback on the other with this motto Sine Clade Victor [`Mar[ch] 1703/4′]>

Accept my lord of this small glittering thing BLa60*38 (f. 50v)
And when I’m king you an archduke shall be
<On the sword given by the K[ing] of Sp[ain] to the general [`Feb: 1703/4′]>

Th’inspiring muses and the god of love BLa60*39 (ff. 50v-51r)
All but that wonder nature formed in her
<On the lady who can excel in what she pleases [`Mar[ch] 1703/4′]>

Seven sages in our happy isle are seen BLa60*40 (ff. 51v-53v)
Though they like Sampson in the ruins fall
<The seven wise men [`Feb: 1703/4′]>

What whimsical vicissitudes of fate BLa60*41 (f. 54r-v)
One may be honest th’other will be lewd
<On Mrs Chetwin [`Ap: 1704′]>

Madam I’ve heard how surly knight BLa60*42 (f. 55r-v)
I’ll make that knight of Coventry look bluely
<A copy of a letter from Captain Charlton to Mrs Palavichini after Sir Christopher Hales had whipped her. March: 1704 [`Blewly’ in MS]>

Cease rural conquests and set free your swains BLa60*43 (f. 56r)
Though each a goddess or a Sunderland
<A circular letter to the Duc[hess] of Bolton [`Dec: 1704 Dr Gath’]>

I think I shall never despair BLa60*44 (ff. 56v-58v)
To the one hundred thirty and four
<The French king’s cordial to the tune of Old Simon the King [`Dec: 1704′]>

Miss Danae when fair and young BLa60*45 (ff. 59r-60v)
And clap your padlock on her mind
<An English padlock [`Jan: 1704/5 Mr Prior’]>

Had Alexander your bright charms surveyed BLa60*46 (f. 61r)
To burn one town you set the world on fire
<To the Lady Sunderland [`Tunbridge 1705′]>

The sheep a people void of strife BLa60*47 (ff. 61r-62r)
Intends but to devour
<Moderation or the wolves and the sheep. A fable [`Aug: 1705′]>

The globe of earth on which we dwell is tacked unto the poles BLa60*48 (f. 62v)
Then why about one honest tack do fools keep such a pother
<The tack [`1705′]>

O yes henceforward sit omnibus notum BLa60*49 (f. 63r)
And Bratchiano’s cheap mistress is Charles’s dear wife
<On the Duke of S[hrewsbury] 1705>

Good Halifax and pious Wharton cry BLa60*50 (f. 63r)
First stops her mouth and then deflowers the dame
<[no title] [`H—’ and `W—’ in MS] [`Dec: 1705′]>

Hence London dames into the country run BLa60*51 (ff. 63v-64r)
And schoolboy Beaufort clasps her in his arms
<Upon Mrs Digby’s coming to town [`Dec: 1705′]>

Whoe’er thou art that dar’st with lying lays BLa60*52 (ff. 64v-65r)
And she shall be a match for Digby’s praise
<The answer [`Jan: 1705/6′]>

Do not most fragrant earl disclaim BLa60*53 (ff. 65v-66r)
Am turned of five and forty
<The fourth ode second book of Horace. Lord Granvile to the E[arl] of Scarsdale [`Jan: 1705/6′]>

Like a true Irish merlin that misses her flight BLa60*54 (f. 66v)
She may yet catch a woodcock and that’s better meat
<A prophecy by the E[arl] of Dorset found amongst his papers upon Mrs Roch having been contracted in Ireland and the match after broke off>

To be acted on midsummer day at stiff King John BLa60*55 (ff. 66v-67r)
no ll
<Alexander the Great played by gentlemen [prose introduction and cast list only, with mention of `the Prologue and Epilogue both writ by Dr Gath’]>

The man dear Brett that wears a condom BLa60*56 (ff. 67v-68r)
And fear no foul diseases but the muggles
<Ode in imitation of Intiger vitæ scelerisque purus, by [the] E[arl] of Orrery [`Nov: 1706′]>

Trust not false man th’experienced Prisca cries BLa60*57 (f. 68r-v)
But they by firm pursuing gain the prize
<Prisca’s advice to Novinda [`Prisca} Msd Spanheim / Mrs ?Teashall / Novinda} Mrs Penington [three names bracketed to:] Lord Hallifax Ap: 1707′]>

When Sarah led by fancy fate or scorn BLa60*58 (ff. 68v-69r)
And Blenheim towers shall triumph o’er Whitehall
<St Albans [`S—h’, `Blen—’ and `White—’ in MS] [`May 1707′]>

Toast of Great Britain for the year 1708 BLa60*59 (f. 69v)
no ll
<[a list of names of noble ladies and their epithets]>

When Cupid did his grandsire Jove entreat BLa60*60 (f. 70r)
Then called the happy composition Lloyd
<On Mrs Biddy Lloyd [`June 1708′]>

All things went well in church and state BLa60*61 (ff. 70v-71v)
Unless the devil were in ’em
<[no title] [`July 1708′]>

Ye commons and peers / Pray lend me your ears BLa60*62 (ff. 71v-73v)
For old bully thy doctors are gone
<The Frenchman’s lamentation. An excellent new song to the tune of I’ll tell thee Dick [`July 1708 Mr Congreve’]>

Since Cob gives the feast BLa60*63 (ff. 74r-75v)
And you must be sure to pay for’t
<[no title; a list of toasts in verse] [`July 1708′]>

The royal ghost raised from his peaceful urn BLa60*64 (f. 76r-v)
And Woodstock once more boast a Rosamond
<Duke Humphrey’s answer [to #58, which shares this poem’s last line in some sources] [`one’ for `once’ in MS] [`July 1708′]>

I’ll tell thee Estcourt a pleasant tale BLa60*65 (f. 77r-v)
With a hodinandod of the order
<A ballad dedicated to the worshipful Mr Estcourt of the noble order of the garter [`July 1708′]>

Through Chloe’s room as Strephon sighing passed BLa60*66 (ff. 78r-79r)
Blessed by the nymph though by the candle cursed
<[no title] [`Nov: 1708′]>

Now Phœbus did with frowns the world survey BLa60*67 (ff. 79v-80r)
And Cardiff cliffs obscured Ramillies field
<A[sgill]’s lamentation for the loss of H[arley] translated from the Greek of Homer left by Mr Welch imperfect [`Nov: 1708′]>

Great Hannibal who shook the Capitol BLa60*68 (f. 80v)
And battles fought for Europe’s liberties
<On the majority in this parliament to the Duke of Marlborough>

Madam take care BLa60*69 (f. 81r)
In verse and prose of high renown
<On Mr Hopkins and Topham made at the Duc[hess] of Marl[borough] — by Mr Manne to the tune of Je bois a toi cher camarade [`Nov: 1708′]>

Parties by turns make us all court slaves BLa60*70 (f. 81v)
Fools ruin fools both help t’enrich the knaves
<The division [distich] [`Mar: 13 1708/9′]>

Ben Hoadley Julian Johnson Titus Oates BLa60*71 (f. 82r)
That thou wilt be impeached and he preferred
<[no title]>

Sacheverell is at liberty BLa60*72 (f. 82)
The c——s mad
<[no title] [4 lines commenting on `Ben Hoadley’ above] [`Jan 23d 1709/10′]>

Invidious Whigs since you have made the boast BLa60*73 (f. 82v)
With Presbyterian tubs to light the fire
<[no title] [`Mar 1709/10′]>

Madam look out your title is arraigned BLa60*74 (f. 83r)
And restoration is the consequence
<Fair warning [`Ap: 1710′]>

Ye ladies and damsels pray why all this bustle BLa60*75 (f. 83v)
And once in the pulpit effectually ease you
<[no title [`May 1710′]>

Wake drowsy Britain and prevent your doom BLa60*76 (f. 83v)
T’advance her cause and the pretender’s claim
<[no title] [`June 1710′]>

Our fathers took oaths as husbands take wives BLa60*77 (f. 84r)
And like whore and rogue we part when we please
<[no title] [`Dec: 1710′]>

To all you ladies now at land BLa60*78 (ff. 84v-86r)
We have too much of that at sea
<A ballad made by the late Earl of Dorset in the Dutch Wars revived and adapted to the present time [`March: 1710/11′]>

Though thanks were grudged you for your past success BLa60*79 (f. 86v)
Do more this year that they may thank you less
<To the D[uke] of M[arlborough] [distich] [`Ap: 15: 1711′]>

Of all the handsome ladies BLa60*80 (ff. 86v-87v)
She bears away the belle
<Ballad [`Ap: 1711′]>

From a dozen of peers made all at a start BLa60*81 (f. 88r-v)
And from the French harpies preserve us once more
<A new protestant litany [`?London Feb: 1711′]>