London, British Library, Additional MS 34362 (Danvers) (BLa62)

Described in Beal, IELM, as“a quarto miscellany of poems, chiefly on affairs of state, owned in 1681 by Sir Samuel Danvers (d. 1683) of Culworth, Northamptonshire; c. 1680s’. Fol 1r has `Samll Danvers. 1661′ — a date that makes no sense. On the foreedges is written in an early hand `Coll | No 3 | Poetry’ (not visible on film). The MS contains mostly 1670s and early ’80s material, with a strong presence from the `Marvellian’ group, including Latin poems, some court libertine verse and political material to circa 1682. The third last item (in a later hand) is dated 1687. This is not a personal compilation, but either a professional anthology originally entered by a single scribe, or the work of a clerk copying from separates held by Danvers. {DoC 227, 341} There is an earlier pagination, with #1 commencing on page 1.

<first Table of Contents ff. 2r-3v>
<The layout of the two TCs shows that one was copied from the other, though the contents are not identical. See in particular #42. The following blank recto and verso are not foliated>

If any do the author’s name enquire BLa62*1 (ff. 4r-15v)
<The city painter. Second advice. To the reader>

Dread sovereign / With equal zeal loved and adored by all BLa62*1.1 (ff. 15v-16v)
<To the king [`Civicus’] [conclusion of previous; not listed separately in either TC]>

Now now the Tories all shall stoop BLa62*2 (f. 17r-v)
<A song [NB late date]>

[lost work: On Lord Fairfax Crom & Vane] BLa62*3
<[on lost page 27]>

[lost work: Epitaph on Lord Fairfax] BLa63*4
<[on lost pages 28-30]>

Pride lust ambition and the people’s hate BLa62*5 (f. 18r)
<On Chancellor Hide>

Good people draw near / If a ballad you’d hear BLa62*6 (ff. 18v-19r)
<A ballad>

All in the town of London BLa62*7 (f. 19r-v)
<The man in the moon or Bum[m] for a bishop [not in either TC]>

When the plate was at pawn and the fob at low ebb BLa62*8 (ff. 20r-21r)
<The king’s vows [f. 21v blank]>

At five this morn when Phoebus raised his head BLa62*9 (ff. 22r-25r)
<Tunbridge Wells [`her head’ uncorr]>

Farewell fond love upon whose treacherous coast BLa62*10 (f. 25r-v)
<A farewell to love>

Cover le feau ye Huguenots BLa62*11 (f. 26r)
<A copy of a libel found in Westminster Hall the last day of Michaelmas Term 1666. by Mr Twaight’s man a gentleman of Leeds [`Dat. quinto novembris anno salutis 1666. Anno restorationis Romanæ ecclesiæ. In Anglia primo. In hoc signo vinces XXX’] [`Covre’ in TC2]>

No cover le feau ye Catesbyots BLa62*12 (f. 26v)
<Respond al Cover le feau>

The clergy now the good Calixtus hate BLa62*13 (f. 26v)
<Upon Pope Calixtus the second forbidding the [ ] [not in first TC]>

Old Priscian’s rule henceforth must hold no more BLa62*14 (f. 27r)
<In idem [not in either TC]>

I that have robbed so oft am now bid stand BLa62*15 (f. 27r)
<Verses made by Clavel a knight’s eldest son who was a great highway man>

Hic inhumanus / Humatur Vaughanus BLa62*16 (f. 27r)
<An epitaph on one Mr Vaughan [`Vaughani responsio / Flectere si nequeo superos Aceronte movebo’]>

Here cruel Ned BLa62*16.1 (f. 27v)
<In English thus [`Answer / If Heaven saith me no / Then down to the deep I’ll go’] [not listed separately in either TC]>

Hereafter Sir John BLa62*17 (f. 27v)
<Upon cutting Sir John Coventry’s nose>

O pity poor England O pity I say BLa62*18 (ff. 28r-29r)
<A copy of a ballad December 1670 the printer fined 20 nobles the singer pilloried. Ireland’s lamentation for England’s great desolation. The tune is Limerick’s lamentation [`Printed at Cork by William Smith’]>

Poor poet why didst spin this thread BLa62*19 (ff. 29r-31r)
<A great cry and little wool or an answer to a copy of verses on the death of the Lord General Monke>

Charon O Charon hie and come away BLa62*20 (ff. 31v-32v)
<Monk and Charon [a dialogue] [`hey’ uncorr]>

Another prorogation what’s the reason BLa62*21 (ff. 33r-34v)
<On the prorogation October 1674. being the third session and a dissolution expected to follow>

Unto my aid I would some painter call BLa62*22 (f. 35r-v)
<Upon Mr Garraway>

Prorogued by prorogation damned rogues and whores BLa62*23 (ff. 36r-37v)
<Upon a prorogation of the parliament before the last prorogation was expired>

Here lies a thong of the old Hyde BLa62*24 (f. 37v)
<A epitaph on the Duchess of York [2 lines; the second: `A swine she lived and a swine she died’]>

Here lies Monck BLa62*25 (f. 37v)
<Epitaph on Monck>

Within this house are rooms appointed BLa62*26 (f. 37v)
<Verses writ upon Nel Guin’s house [not in either TC]>

Cambridge is dead and Kendall is riding post BLa62*27 (f. 37v)
<[no title] [not in either TC]>

We read in profane and sacred records BLa62*28 (ff. 38r-41r)
<A dialogue between the two horses 1675 [Introduction followed by The Dialogue, a two-line Chorus, and Conclusion] [`houses’ in first TC]>

Bellipotens virgo septem regina trionum BLa62*29 (f. 41r)
<A copy of verses by Mr Andrew Marvell on the Protector’s picture sent to Christina Queen of Sweden [f. 41v blank]>

What can be the mystery Charing Cross BLa62*30 (ff. 42r-43r)
<The statue at Charing Cross>

Sharpius exercet dum saevas perfidus iras BLa62*31 (f. 43r-v)
<Scævola Scoto-Brittannus. per Andrew Marvel [`scævas’ in MS]>

When Hodge had numbered up how many score BLa62*32 (ff. 44r-46v)
<A country clown called Hodge went up to view / The pyramid pray mark what did ensue>

Close wrapped in Portsmouth’s smock his senses are BLa62*33 (f. 47r)
<Acrostic [CHARLES STEWART RER (Regni Angliae Rex?)]>

A curse on such representatives BLa62*34 (f. 47v)
<Upon the rump or last long parliament [`Upon the inordinate length of the last long parliament’ uncorr] [`Pump’ in TC2]>

O heavens we have signs below BLa62*35 (ff. 48r-49v)
<The dissolution 1679>

The blood of the just London’s firm doom shall fix BLa62*36 (f. 50r-v)
<An ancient prophecy written originally in French by Nosterdam, and now done into English 6 January 1671>

Delirat rex triumphat cunnus BLa62*37 (f. 51r)
<[no title; 2 lines]>

When the king’s distracted BLa62*37.1 (f. 51r)
<[no title; 4-line translation of previous] [not listed separately in either TC]>

The law is at a stand BLa62*38 (f. 51r)
<[no title] [not in either TC]>

‘Tis I ’tis I with my empty purse BLa62*39 (f. 51r)
<[no title; with corrections! Original to this source?’] [not in either TC]>

Bella fugis bellasque sequeris belloque repugnas BLa62*40 (f. 51r)
<In Carolum secundum]>

The camp you shun beauties abhor adore you do BLa62*40.1 (f. 51r)
[no title; translation of previous] [`adore, Abhorre’ in MS] [not in either TC]>

Mysterious riddles of the state BLa62*41 (f. 51v)
<Upon Hide’s ministry>

Before the end of September near BLa62*42 (f. 51v)
<Sir these are only to employ your thoughts think not your time tedious [listed against p. 97 (ie. f. 51r) in TC1 and TC2]>

We are a game at cards the cabal deal BLa62*43 (f. 52r)
<The game at cards>

Room for thund’ring Orange with his men of war BLa62*44 (f. 52r)
<Charleroy and Maestricht>

In no coffee house I dabble BLa62*45 (f. 52r)
<On the coffee houses [7 lines!] [not in TC1]>

There is no fear that you shall poets lack BLa62*46 (f. 52v)
<Dr Wild to the king>

White innocence that now liest spread BLa62*47 (f. 53r)
<On Celinda when she had the green-sickness>

I come like those that offer at a shrine BLa62*48 (f. 53r-v)
<To Celinda [also #56 below]>

Would you send Kate to Portugal BLa62*49 (f. 54r-v)
<On the Lord Chancellor’s speech to the parliament: March 1678/9. This is the time>

Ud’s life we’re undone / A pox of your son BLa62*50 (ff. 55r-56r)
<A dialogue between king and duke 1678>

How our good king doth papists hate BLa62*51 (ff. 56v-57v)
<A satyr>

Room for the bedlam Commons hell and furies BLa62*52 (ff. 58r-60v)
<On the Pensionary House of Commons>

Timely wise Sir you did foresee our fate BLa62*53 (ff. 60v-62r)
<The little sister’s complaint for want of breasts. To the Earl of Shaftsbury from Ireland [16]80>

Have at you sluggish drones who only live BLa62*54 (ff. 62r-63v)
<Upon idleness, or The sluggard [nos. #54-#58 may be a linked group]>

Enjoy yourselves sweet souls ’tis far below BLa62*54.1 (ff. 63v-64v)
<Pars opposita >

Ah tyrant Love did ever I one hour BLa62*55 (ff. 64v-65r)
<On Celinda when I first saw her>

I come like those that offer at a shrine BLa62*56 (f. 65v)
<To Celinda [also #48 above]>

This life of man breathed forth at first with cries BLa62*57 (f. 66r-v)
<Of the miseries of man’s life [`Digby’]>

Tell me thou safest end of all our woe BLa62*58 (ff. 66v-67r)
<Upon death>

The world’s a tennis court man’s the ball BLa62*59 (f. 67r-v)
<Verses upon Strafford Laud Montrose and King Charles etc [`Stafford’, `Montross’ in TC1 and TC2]>

Holla ye pampered sires of Rome forebear BLa62*60 (f. 68r-v)
<Upon a young child that was born while its mother was burning and escaping the flames the merciless villains thrust it in again>

What means this silence Sirs what’s here become BLa62*61 (ff. 68v-69v)
<An elegy on the death of Robert Blake esquire one of the right honourable generals at sea who departed August 7th 1657 on board the George near Plymouth Sound>

As in the days of yore was odds BLa62*62 (ff. 70r-71r)
<The royal busse. 1679>

Here’s a house to be let for the steward hath swore BLa62*63 (f. 71r-v)
<Verses set upon the door of the Parliament House on the 26th of January [16]79/80 [`nemine contradicente’]>

Kind Jesuits you have but justly done BLa62*64 (f. 71v)
<Upon the two fires at the temple>

Improba gens legis pereant numerosa superba BLa62*65 (f. 71v)
<[no title] [3 lines of Latin verse] [not in either TC]>

Dear painter it is hard for me to tell BLa62*66 (ff. 72r-73r)
<Advice to a painter. 1679 [f. 73v blank]>

Where are our clergy gone what damp hath killed BLa62*67 (ff. 74r-77v)
<Concio ad clerum. A sermon to the clergy [`Pax Dei custodiat cor vestrum’]>

Muse bark no more satyr thy bristles couch BLa62*67.1 (f. 77v)
<Pars secunda [`altera desunt’]>

Tired with the noisome follies of the age BLa62*68 (ff. 78r-81v)
<Rochester’s farewell>

I love with all my heart / The independent part / The warring cavalier BLa62*69 (f. 82r)
<[no title] [`I love with all my heart’ as title in TC1 and TC2]>

When Shakespeare Jonson Fletcher ruled the stage BLa62*70 (ff. 82r-83v)
<In defence of satyr [closing lines squeezed in so as all to fit on 83v]>

Well Sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes BLa62*71 (ff. 84r-85v)
<An allusion to Horace the 10th satyr. Nempe incomposito dixi pede &c [smaller writing again f. 85v]>

England by all thought Beauty’s natural soil BLa62*72 (ff. 86r-87v)
<Tunbridge lampoon. 1680 [new ink colour and larger hand]>

How dull and how insensible a beast BLa62*73 (ff. 88r-92v)
<An essay upon satyr. 1680 [smaller writing f. 92r-v]>

Must I with patience ever silent sit BLa62*74 (f. 93r-v)
<A second part. Semper ego auditor tantum etc>

So have I seen a dean of Paul’s BLa62*75 (f. 93v)
<On Dr St[ill] [`Still’ in TC1, `Stil’ in TC2]>

Amongst the writing race of modern wits BLa62*76 (ff. 94r-95r)
<A satyr. 1680>

Since Justice Scroggs Pepys and Dean did bail BLa62*77 (f. 95r-v)
<A satyr upon Sir W[illiam] Scroggs. C.J. the butcher’s son [`Wm’ in TC1]>

Here lives the wolf justice a butcherly knave BLa62*78 (f. 95v)
<In idem>

‘Tis strange that you to whom I’ve long been known BLa62*79 (ff. 96r-97v)
<A satyr. In answer to a friend. 1680>

The blazing comet and the monstrous whale BLa62*80 (f. 97v)
<The six wonders>

But t’other day from exile not by force BLa62*81 (ff. 98r-99r)
<The city’s advice. 1680 [`Citty’ in TC1 and TC2]>

At bello audacis populi vexatus et armis BLa62*82 (f. 99v)
<The late King Charles pricking with a pin in Virgil happened on the ensuing lines>

By a bold people’s stubborn arms oppressed BLa62*82.1 (f. 99v)
<Thus Englished by Mr Cowly [not listed separately in either TC]>

This rumour entering angry Titan’s ears BLa62*83 (ff. 100r-103v)
<Translated out of a Greek fragment. 1680 [`Titania pubes. Fulmine dejecti fundo volvuntur in imo’]>

There is a bawd renowned in Venus’ wars BLa62*84 (ff. 104r-105v)
<Ovid Elegy the 8th. He curses a bawd for going about to debauch his mistress>

Fortuna sævo læta negotio et BLa62*85 (f. 106r)
<Part of an ode of Horace paraphrased by the Duke of Buckingham. 1680>

Fortune made up of toys and impudence BLa62*85.1 (f. 106r)
<[no title; not listed separately in either TC]>

By fools and knaves pursued ensnared and caught BLa62*86 (f. 106v)
<Upon one in affliction>

Here lies a priest who teaching from without BLa62*87 (f. 106v)
<Epitaph on a priest>

Nota mori vetus et justum est sed iniqua deorum BLa62*88 (f. 107r)
<Epitaph on the stillborn parliament [2 lines]>

Again prorogued to the seventeenth of May BLa62*89 (f. 107r)
<On the prorogation to the 17th of May 1680>

Gentlemen when you were here this house was to be let BLa62*90 (f. 107r-v)
<In idem [not in either TC] [13-syllable lines: stress on men, were, house, be]>

The bane of all pleasure and clog of man’s life BLa62*91 (f. 107v)
<Upon marriage>

Of a tall stature and of sable hue BLa62*92 (ff. 108r-110v)
<An historical poem. 1680>

Disgraced undone forlorn made Fortune’s sport BLa62*93 (ff. 110v-111r)
<Upon the Duke of Monmouth’s banishment [f. 111v blank]>

Methinks I see you newly risen BLa62*94 (ff. 112r-113r)
<The looking glass. [16]80>

Methinks I see our mighty monarch stand BLa62*95 (f. 113r-v)
<On Rowly’s fishing>

Not Rome in all its splendour could compare BLa62*96 (ff. 114r-115r)
<Nobilitas sola atque unica virtus. 1680>

Worthy Sir / Though weaned from all those scandalous delights BLa62*97 (f. 115r-v)
<A letter>

In a famous street near Whetstone’s Park BLa62*98 (ff. 115v-116v)
<A ballad to the tune of An old man with a bedful of bones>

In this our saucy age we daily see BLa62*99 (ff. 116v-117r)

Crane and Tuke are flanting flirts BLa62*100 (f. 117r-v)
<[no title] [not in either TC]>

Clarendon had some pedantic sense BLa62*101 (ff. 117v-118r)
<Upon the ministers [`Ministry’ in TC1]>

There was a lass in Scotland Yard BLa62*102 (f. 118r)
<Upon Madam Fra[zier] [`Frasier’ in TC1, `Frazier’ in TC2]>

Have you heard of the knight that was sent to the Tower BLa62*103 (f. 118v)
<Upon Sir Ellis Layton>

Pacto uno binis thalamis belloque triformi BLa62*104 (f. 118v)
<Dominus cancellarius>

One compact two nuptials threeform war BLa62*104.1 (f. 118v)
<[no title; translation of above] [not in either TC]>

Though the duke take physic to make himself clean BLa62*105 (f. 119r)
<On the Duke of Y[ork] [`York’ in TC1]>

When great men fall their fall makes weeping eyes BLa62*106 (f. 119r)
<On the Duke of B[uckingham’s] fall [name complete in TC1]>

In vain for help from your old friends you call BLa62*107 (f. 119r)
<Verses found in the king’s bedchamber>

By a false Scot a lying treasurer and a French whore BLa62*108 (f. 119r)
<In the presence-chamber found. 1675 [not in either TC]>

Here uninterred suspends though not to save BLa62*109 (f. 119v)
<An epitaph upon John Felton who was hanged in chains at Portsmouth for stabbing the Duke of Buckingham. Anno 1628>

From conscience the second and prerogative pudder BLa62*110 (ff. 120r-121r)
<A litany 1680>

Let Talmach preach to his dull simple crowd BLa62*111 (f. 121v)
<A satyr. by a Tory [The title of the next poem was entered first and then deleted] [`Talmuck’ in MS]>

From kings that would sell us to pay their old scores BLa62*112 (ff. 122r-123r)
<The responses or litany for litany. 1680 [The previous poem had continued the title `Being an answer to one that was printed’]>

The rabble hate the gentry fear BLa62*113 (f. 123v)
<The state of the nation [not in either TC]>

From the lawless dominion of the mitre and crown BLa62*114 (ff. 124r-125r)
<The litany. 1681>

In one thousand six hundred eighty and one BLa62*115 (f. 125r-v)
<The Oxford vision. April [16]81>

Whither O whither wander I forlorn BLa62*116 (ff. 126r-129r)
<Non ego sum vates, sed prisci conscius ævi. [16]81 [Dialogue between Oceana and Brittania] [f. 129v blank]>

Stamford’s countess led the van BLa62*117 (ff. 130r-131v)
<The ladies’ march February 10th 1681>

A scribbling puppy has of late designed BLa62*118 (ff. 132r-133r)
<A satyr [Discussed in Harold Love, `Charles, Viscount Mordaunt and `The Ladies’ March”, Review of English Studies ?? (2004), 346–54.>

Ye townsmen of Oxford and scholars draw near BLa62*119 (ff. 133r-135v)
<A ballad upon the Duke of Monmouth’s reception by the right worshipful the mayor and the worshipful the aldermen and bargemen of Oxford. To the tune of Packinton’s pound>

My lords and gentlemen / I told you last meeting that winter was the only time BLa62*120 (ff. 136r-137v)
<The king’s speech April 13th [16]75 [prose text]>

My lords and gentlemen / You will expect that I say something to you BLa62*121 (ff. 138r-139v)
<Oxford March 21 1680 [prose text]>

We your majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects the ladies of pleasure BLa62*122 (f. 140r-v)
<The humble address of the ladies of pleasure [prose text] [f. 141r blank]>

Since plotting’s a trade BLa62*123 (ff. 141v, 142v, 143v, 144v)
<The loyal health. A court song to a delicate new tune called At the foot of a willow etc [This and the following are set out as parallel texts: versos headed `The song’ and rectos headed `The answer’]>

Since popery’s the plot BLa62*124 (ff. 142r, 143r, 144r, 145r)
<The answer>

I who from drinking ne’er could spare an hour BLa62*125 (ff. 145v-149r)
<Quem natura negat [Contains couplet f. 147v: `Lost reputations shall forget to meet / To club for bawdy verse in Germin street’]>

Most of our civil broils may date their spring BLa62*126 (ff. 149r-151v)
<The household >

Cursed be the timorous fool whose feeble mind BLa62*127 (152r-153v)
<The true Englishman>

A session of lovers was held t’other day BLa62*128 (ff. 154r-162r)
<The lovers’ sessions [16]87. In imitation of Sir John Suckling’s Session of poets [second hand begins] [83 stanzas!]>

And can Theaner think the world to cheat BLa62*129 (ff. 162v-163r)
<To Theaner upon saying she would retire. by Mr Neal [not in either TC] [ff. 163v, 164r blank]>

[Well sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes BLa62*130 (f. 164v)
<[no title] [lines 67-68 of Rochester’s `Allusion to Horace’, beginning `Raise such a conflict kindle such a fire’, following scribblings that include `Samuel Danvers his book’] [not in either TC]>

<second Table of Contents ff. 165r-166r)