Harvard University Library, MS Eng. 602F (He02)

Manuscript of Brian Fairfax (1637–1711), equerry to Charles II (1670-) and later William III and relative by marriage of George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham. `Interesting manuscript volume of Poems, a number being in the autograph of Brian Fairfax, and many of them evidently his original compositions, other appear to be copies of poems.’ Then follows librarian’s list of titles. Several hands, including multiple hands may be at work in the same poem. A feature is the assemblage and reworking of Waller poems. No visible pagination. Foliation cited in secondary sources calls our page [1]- folio 2r-. Only works marked + are included in the First-Line Index.

+The Grecian muse has all their gods survived He02*1 (pp. [1-3])
Which first from heav’n to make us happy came
<Of divine love [Canto I of Waller’s poem]>

+The fear of hell or aiming to be blessed He02*2 (p. [3])
<[The first 8 lines of Canto 2 of Waller’s `Of divine love’; possibly there was more over page (glued to following leaf?)]>

+[Great soul for whom Death will no longer stay] He02*3 (p. [4])
But can no honour to thy ashes give
<[no title; lines 5-8 of Waller’s `Epitaph Unfinished’, beginning `Here beauty youth and noble virtue shined’. Lines 1-4 may have been on the previous page (glued to preceding leaf?)]>

+In life a thousand ills appear He02*4 (p. [4])
Nor can know any when ’tis gone
<[no title] [possibly an extract – Waller? – but not found on LION]>

Like wandering stars to no influence confined He02*5 (p. [4])
So you on all the race of women gaze
<[no title] [a 3-line extract, unidentified]>

<p. [5] is covered with childishly scribbled faces>

Under what tyranny are women born He02*6 (p. [6])
Into worse mischief than she fled from fall
<[no title] [Lines 1-16 of Act II Scene II of Sedley’s The Mulberry-Garden]>

Our passions like ourselves are framed to die He02*7 (p. [6])
But all allow ’tis baseness to be tame
<[no title] [4 lines spoken by Eugenio in Act III Scene 1 of Sedley’s The Mulberry-Garden]>

In vain we to that wretch good counsel give He02*8 (p. [6])
What can again be worth a hope or fear
<[no title] [4-line unidentified extract]>

Distrust and darkness of a future state He02*9 (p. [7])
Which gulls us young and beggars us when old
<[no title] [Lines 1-4 and further extracts from Act IV of Dryden’s Aureng-Zebe]>

When I shall leave these empty joys of earth behind He02*10 (p. [7])
And heavy age and death’s relentless doom
<[no title] [5 lines (slightly reworked]) spoken by Berenice in Act IV Scene 1 of Dryden’s Tyrannick Love]>

The lucky have days and those they choose He02*11 (p. [7])
Th’unlucky have but minutes which they lose
<[no title] [a 2-line unidentified extract]>

Who vainly hopes for joys in love as well He02*12 (p. [7])
May quiet seek in courts or ease in hell
<[no title] [the last 2 lines of Ephelia’s `A lover’s state’]>

Life like a prodigal gave all his store He02*13 (p. [8])
Thus would I live …
<[no title] [lines spoken by Palmyra in Act II Scene I of Dryden’s Marriage a-la-mode]>

+When we for age could neither read nor write He02*14 (p. [9])
That stand upon the threshold of the new
<Of the last verses in the book [Waller] [`miratur limen Olimpi. Virg:’]>

<p. [10] blank>

+Pingere vis quâ fronte Cato titubante senatu He02*15 (p. [11])
Qua referat tantos una tabella viros
<[no title]>

Whose yoke is easy and his burden light He02*16 (p. [12])
His service freedom and his judgements right
<[no title] [lines 11-12 of Waller’s `Some reflections of his upon the several petitions in same prayer’, with end of line 10 also present and annotation `to be added to the verses of the Lord’s prayer in the second petition’]>

+Our passion gone and reason in the throne He02*17 (p. [13])
His best redress does from our patience find
<Epilogue [not identified]>

+Each look of yours has in it ev’ry grace He02*18 (p. [13])
In all the beauties of your mind
<The D: of Buckingham’s verses>

+Heroic nymph in tempests the support He02*19 (p. [14])
And tells the wonders it hath seen and known
<Of her R[oyal] H[ighness] mother to the present Prince of Orange and of her portrait written by the late Duchess of Y[ork] while she lived with her [Waller]>

+Fade flowers fade Nature will have it so He02*20 (p. [15])
That none for them can when they perish grieve
<[no title] [Waller’s `Translated out of the French’]>

+No forest cave or savage den He02*21 (p. [15])
For she no god would for Amintor take
<[no title]>

+Thus mourn the muses on the hearse He02*22 (p. [16])
Should from the world for ever go
<Of an elegy upon the Earl of Rochester: written by a lady etc [Waller’s `Of an elegy made by Mrs. Wharton on the Earl of Rochester’]>

+When through the world fair Mazarine had run He02*23 (pp. [17-19])
And uncompelled the happy world obeys
<The triple combat [Waller]>

+Amaze us not with that majestic frown He02*24 (p. [19])
If we act well the parts to which we’re born
<Prologue for the lady actors etc [Waller]>

+Heureux qui se nourrit du lait de ses brebis He02*25 (p. [20])
Et croit que tout finit ou finit son domaine
<[no title]>

+Swift as Jove’s messenger the wingéd god He02*26 (pp. [21-3])
The Greeks did with the ruined town destroy
<Of the Duke of Mounmouth’s expedition to Scotland in the summer solstice – 1678 [Waller]>

+I liked but never loved before He02*27 (p. [23])
My eyes have told and she has seen
<[no title]>

+Tell me no more I am deceived / While Sylvia He02*28 (p. [23])
The joy she gives is true
<[no title] [song by Etherege, set to music by `Signior Baptist.’ and included in the Back Matter of Nahum Tate’s A Duke and No Duke]>

+If darkest shades could cloud so bright a mind He02*29 (pp. [24-6])
From such a subject and from such a king
<Mrs Wharton to D. Burnett upon his retirement>

+Now I shall live indeed not by my skill He02*30 (pp. [27-9])
I need not silence who wants power to speak
<Mrs Wharton to Mr Waller>

+The use of knowledge is to find it poor He02*31 (pp. [29-31])
The careless wanton ne’er will come again
<The despair. To D: Burnett>

+Who hath believed on earth what we report He02*32 (p. [31])
So without form uncomely to the eye
<A paraphrase on Esay [ie Isiah] 53d [possibly Waller: cf. #38 below]>

+In obedience to your ladyship’s commands I have here enclosed my father’s last verses He02*33 (p. [32])
with his most humble service and my own I rest madam
<[no title] [prose letter]>

+Three golden leaves adorn the sable fields He02*34 (p. [33])
Whose leaves are gold the fruit some richer gem
<[no title] [a translation of the following Latin verse]>

+Aurea trina atrum folia ornant lucida scutum He02*35 (p. [33])
Arma atavam incretis ad seros missa nepotes
<[no title] [`scutam’ in MS]>

Sense is our joy of sense we boast He02*36 (p. [33])
More happy when in sleep ’tis lost
<[no title; 2 lines, unidentified]>

What mighty princes do bestow He02*37 (p. [34])
That happy reign
<[no title] [?draft of #50 below] [illegible note at end: `…employment…’]>

+Poets we prize when in their verse we find He02*38 (pp. [35-8])
Shakes off the dust and makes that breath appear
<Of divine poesy. Two cantos: occasioned upon sight of the fifty third chapter of Isaiah turned into verse by Mrs Wharton. Canto: 1:>

+He that did first this way of writing grace He02*38.1 (pp. [39-42])
With fruit as fair as by her muse is born
<Canto 2 [of Waller’s `Of divine poesy’]>

+Not the brave Alexander alone He02*39 (pp. [43-4])
His wilful fall has below them laid
<[no title] [A reworking of Waller’s `Pride’ (`Not the brave Macedonian youth alone’ – #42 below), perhaps incomplete]>

Argumentum ingens pono tibi candide lector He02*40 (p. [45])
Longæuus tractes ut tu sublimius idem
<[no title; 2 lines unidentified] [check Latin!: `posui’ added above `pono’ and `dices’ above `tractes’]>

+Circles are prized not that abound He02*41 (p. [45])
And therefore can only be designed for the deity
<[no title] [second half set out as/is prose]>

+Not the brave Macedonian youth alone He02*42 (p. [45])
Here nothing but the shape of manhood dwells
<[no title] [`Pride’ by Waller]>

+Can this be true that I am told He02*43 (pp. [46-9])
Unhappiness does in the shades remain
<[no title] [`Finis’ at bottom of page [48], but the poem seems to continue. Very much a draft: the last line is only one possible reading]>

Th’advantage man o’er beasts in reason gets He02*44 (p. [50])
And so may Love though it ne’er be told
<[no title] [a poem compiled from Sedley’s The Mulberry-Garden: 12 lines by Philander in Act III Scene I, 4 lines by Althea in Act I Scene IV and another 2 in Act II Scene II, and 2 by Horatio in the same scene]>

+Venus her myrtle Phoebus has his bays He02*45 (pp. [51-4])
But the whole nation lifted to the throne
<Of tea commended by her majesty [a poem in several drafts conflating Waller’s poem `Of tea…’ with the second stanza and two additional lines from his `Of her majesty, on New Years Day 1683′ and some further unidentified lines. The draft on p. [53] has the title `Of her majesty on her birthday’ (see also #47 below)]>

+Under this stone lies virtue youth He02*46 (p. [55])
Though young like fruit that’s ripe he fell
<An epitaph on Sir G[e]orge Speak [ie Speke] [Waller]>

What revolutions in the world are seen He02*47 (pp. [56-8])
Neglects his task to gaze upon his eyes
<Nov[ember] 21 [Page [56] contains the first stanza of Waller’s `Of her majesty, on New Year’s Day 1683′ (see also #45 above and #52 below]) with two additional unidentified lines. Page [57] has the title `Of her majesty on her birthday’ with more of the poem in draft form including the 2 lines not in the published version (the second of these our nominal last line here]). Page [58] repeats 5 of the lines]>

+Ye virgin powers defend my heart He02*48 (p. [59])
The soonest are betrayed
<[no title] [`Printed’] [not found on LION]>

<p. [60] blank>

+O my Mirtillo can this forced disguise He02*49 (pp. [61-2])
And the dear victim Love before thy altar bleeds
<[no title]>

+Those ills your ancestors have done He02*50 (pp. [63-6])
With all the pains we take have skill enough to be
<The sixth ode of the third book of Horace. Of the corruption of the times [by Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon]>

+Pintaste O Knellar no que no es pintura He02*51 (p. [67])
Que aura de ser del mundo si la mira
<[no title] [`Carreras’]>

+What revolutions in the world have been He02*52 (pp. [68-9])
‘Tis greater glory to reform the age
<Of her majesty on New Year’s Day [2 drafts of Waller’s poem with the same title] [see also #47 above]>

+We must resign heaven his great soul does claim He02*53 (pp. [70-1])
Th’approaching fate of their great ruler told
<[no title] [Waller]>

Quem neque fama deum nec fulmina nec minitanti He02*54 (p. [72])
Murmure compressit cælum sed eo magis acrem
<[no title] [lines 68-9 of Lucretius’ De rerum natura, book 1] [`nec’ for `neque’ in MS]>

+The glories of our birth and state He02*55 (p. [72])
How much to virtue still we owe
<[no title] [Shirley]>

Est etiam calor ille animo quem sumit in ira He02*56 (pp. [73-4])
Tertius accipiat quædam clementiu[s] æquo
<[Lucr:] [an extract from the 3rd book of De rerum natura]>

+Madam while you are airing in the park He02*57 (p. [75])
And thus we pass our days and nights
<[no title]>

+No wonder she so well indites He02*58 (p. [76])
Which all the graces teach her to rehearse
<Of Higgons [`Higgions’ uncorr] [lines not in LION text of Waller’s poem (see next entry)]>

+Ingenious Higgons never sought He02*59 (pp. [76-7])
As glorious as the new-built town
<Of Higgins [Waller’s poem is found complete on p. [77]; p. [76] contains the title and a variant version]>

+So vast and spacious are our building[s] now He02*60 (p. [78])
All cost was for the temple of the gods
<Sir Tho. Higgions out of Horace>

+Into what part of nature am I thrown He02*61 (pp. [79-86])
Exchanged for that which in our island grow
<Sir Tho: Higgion’s play [4 scenes]>

Conticuere omnes intentique ora tenebant He02*62 (p. [87])
Eruerint Danai quæ ipse miserrima vidi
<Didoni Æneas excidii Troiani seriem narrat / Eneas tells Dido the late fall of Troy [lines 1-5 of book 2 of Virgil, Æneid] [`quæ’ for `quæque’ in MS] [an English translation has been attempted for the first 3 lines, added above text]>

+In shady woods near purling streams He02*63 (pp. [87-8])
It is presumption damns the most
<[no title]>

+Ah poor Olinda never boast He02*64 (p. [88])
He like a god is everywhere
<Lady — To Lord R. [plausibly Rochester]>

+Come all you nymphs and every swain He02*65 (p. [89])
As more divinity betrays
<Taylor to the duchess>

+Mirtillo though my heart should break He02*66 (p. [90])
Nor fear to lose but you
<[no title]>

+That I love none the wise believe He02*67 (p. [91])
To love and not to err
<[no title]>

+From whence does this disorder come He02*68 (p. [92])
And never weep had he her heart
<[no title]>

+Trust not in the smiles of woman He02*69 (p. [93])
But they vanish if pursued
<[no title]>

+Indeed Anacreon I was told He02*70 (pp. [93-4])
For thou hast no benighted years
<Mrs Taylor to Mr Waller [`Anacron’ in MS]>

+Wild nymph whom to no purpose all admire He02*71 (p. [94])
No faith no hope you are no god for me
<Mr Rimer to Dorolissa>

+In guilty night and hid in false disguise He02*72 (p. [95])
Thou and thy sons shall be with me beneath
<[no title] [the words of Purcell’s anthem `Saul and the Witch of Endor’. Also (much reworked) as a dialogue poem which appeared as `The Inchantment’ in Jane Barker’s The Lining of the Patch-work Screen (1726)]>

+Suivez l’amour charmante Climenne He02*73 (p. [96])
Amour amour je vien[s] rendre les armes
<[no title]>

+Who knows but what we call to live He02*74 (pp. [97-101])
May carry with me when I shall remove
<[no title]>

+When into Libya the young Grecian came He02*75 (p. [102])
But think from Britain all the gods did come
<Mr Greenvill to Mr Waller [`Lybia’ in MS]>

<p. [103] blank>

We know though priests are pensioners of heaven He02*76 (pp. [104-10])
<Gundibirt [extracts from Davenant’s Gondibert, beginning with stanzas 50-52 of the second book, canto 1]>

+How far are they deceived who hope in vain He02*77 (pp. [111-12])
Before your pity I would choose your hate
<Ephelia to Bajacet [Etherege?]>

+Madam / If you’re deceived it is not by my cheat He02*78 (pp. [113-14])
Disturbed by swords like Damocles his feast
<Answer [Rochester]>

+Dear friend / I hear this town does so abound He02*79 (pp. [115-18])
Of idle rumour keep at home and write
<[no title] [Rochester]>

+A youth once free and happy now a slave He02*80 (pp. [119-21])
When Love invades it well may quit the field
<A letter>

<p. [122] blank>

+Comme on a fait entendre a votre sainteté He02*81 (pp. [123-4])
et si indefatigable a procurer l’avancement de la foy catholique
<Memoire presenté a sa sainteté, par le sieur Lycleot agent du roy de la Grand Bretagne. Le 9me de decembre 1687 [prose text]>

+Mon tres reverend pere / C’est un[e] chose merveilleuse de voir He02*82 (pp. [125-8])
Le temps nous en apprendra d’avantage
<[no title] [prose text]>

+You shall let all persons whom you shall think fit to speak He02*83 (pp. [129-31])
to bring the trade of the whole world hither and so ruin their state
<Instructions to the judges of Assisi etc. Lent 1687/8 [prose text] [marginal note: `The Handwriting of Dr Atterbury’]>

<p. [132] blank>

+Most illustrious prince / The king my master hath commanded me He02*84 (pp. [133-4])
for your majesty’s service and interest and the good ends before premised
<Lord R’s speech to the King of Poland when ambassador A: D. 1677 [prose text]>

<p. [135] blank>

+Corinna you infect my heart He02*85 (p. [136])
With anything but you
<[no title] [`Correna’ in MS]>

+Whilst Cynthia sang all angry winds lay still He02*86 (p. [136])
And all together blame the tide
<[no title] [`sung’ in MS]>

<p. [137] blank>

+Add all to man that man’s perfection makes He02*87 (p. [138])
Were you ah were you like him in your love
<To Dorolissa on her being like my Lord Dorset [by Thomas Rymer, printed in Tate’s Poems by several hands (1685), pp. 37–8 and his Curious Amusements (1714)]>

+Whither whither shall I flee He02*88 (p. [139])
Yet be sure no wit shall wound me
<On his going to Ireland>

+The lovely owner of this book He02*89 (p. [140])
And Sacharissa died unsung
<Written before a lady’s Waller [marginal note: `Bishop Atterbury’]

+In my breast eternal flames He02*90 (p. [141])
That they a thing so cruel nursed
<Of his voyage up the river to visit Mrs M Waller>

<p. [142] is a page of calculations headed `Substraction of Mony’>

+Tell me dear nymph what makes you look so grave He02*91 (p. [143])
Though they like heav’n to men and gods be true
<[no title] [4 lines, probably incomplete or an extract]>

<p. [144] is a page of calculations headed `Addition of weight Haverdupoieze’ [sic]>

+Great young man the time is near He02*92 (p. [145])
For all our blessings wait on thee
<[no title]>

<p. [146] is a page of calculations headed `Addition of Mony’>