Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 54 (Lb54) (`Robinson’ miscellany)

A professional miscellany and an important Rochester source (though with very few attributions, and some of these erroneous). Scribe 1 has entered poems up to #67 and compiled the index to that point. Scribe 2 takes over from #69 until #114. Scribe 3 begins at #116 and continues to #136. At a later date Scribe 4 has filled in the gaps in Scribe 1’s pages with short stanzas (including #68), and continued the index from #68 to #136, though without recording his later entries in Scribe 1’s section. Various hands have completed the entering to #141, though these items do not appear in the index.

Beal: 4o, 445 pages plus stubs of extracted leaves (originally 463 numbered pages and now lacking pp. 59-68, 147-54 and parts of pp. 155-8), with a two-leaf index; formal verse miscellany, including 22 poems by Rochester, entitled A Booke of Paragrafts…; written in professional hands: A, pp. 1-194; B, in a different style and probably a different hand, pp. 195-432; C, probably yet another hand, additions on pp. 75, 90, 102, 125, 142, 175, 195, and pp. 433-63; inscribed on the second flyleaf `To Cpt Robinson att Capt Eloass [Elwes] near ye Watch house in Marlburhroagh street’ and, on an end-paper, ‘For Capt. Robinson at his Lodginges in Charing Cross’; name on one stub: ‘matt Calihan’; in contemporary red morocco (somewhat similar to #13); later sold at Christie’s, 27 June 1979, Lot 16; c.1680s-90s.

Discussed, with facsimiles of pp.1-10 [see Index, Volume II, part 1, DrJ 96], in Paul Hammond, ‘The Robinson Manuscript Miscellany of Restoration Verse in the Brotherton Collection, Leeds’, Proceedings of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 18 (1982), 275-324 [cited in entries below as `Hammond’]. Facsimiles of p. 1 also in Christie’s sale catalogue, plate 1, after p.48, and in The Brotherton Collection University of Leeds Its contents described with illustrations of fifty books and manuscripts (Leeds, 1986), p.17. Selectively collated in Walker.

NB. various commissioned officers named Robinson are recorded in Charles Dalton, English Army Lists and Commission Registers, 1661-1714 (6 vols, London, 1892-1904). The most likely candidate is Charles Robinson of the King’s Regiment of Foot Guards, who became Captain and then Lieutenant-Colonel in 1688 and was killed at Namur in 1695 (I, 276). A fellow member of the same regiment in 1684 was Captain Lenthal Warcup, the distributor of lampoons. The Captain `Eloass’ mentioned in the inscription on the flyleaf was possibly William Elwes, who served as a Lieutenant in Viscount Colchester’s Regiment of Horse c.1692-4 and as a Captain in Lord Windsor’s Regiment of Horse in 1702. Members of this elite regiment enjoyed an honorific title one rank higher than their actual one.

<Four illegible lines on facing verso, scribbled through: `I am the man who for my … good’. Title: ??? `King Charles 2d and King James’. `Barrymore’ in another hand>

<Table of Contents (`Index’) in MS hand>

All human things are subject to decay Lb54*1 (pp. 1-10)
<Mac Fleckno>

Apollo concerned to see the transgression Lb54*2 (pp. 11-15)
<A session of poets>

Since the sons of the muses grew num’rous and loud Lb54*3 (pp. 15-20)
<Another session of poets>

When Shakespeare Jonson Fletcher ruled the stage Lb54*4 (pp. 20-5)
<In defence of satyr>

Thou damned antipodes to common sense Lb54*5 (pp. 25-7)
<Satyr on Ned Howard. By the Earl of Dorset>

Come on you critics find one fault who dare Lb54*6 (pp. 27-9)
<Another by the same hand [TC title: 2. Satyr on Ned Howard]>

With force united my soft heart he charmed Lb54*7 (p. 29)
<[no title, 4-line extract from `Tarsander and Swivanthe’ in Scribe 4’s hand] [end: E. of R.] [cf. #95] [not in TC]>

As Colon drove his sheep along Lb54*8 (pp. 29-36)
<Colon; a satyr>

How dull and how insensible a beast Lb54*9 (pp. 36-49)
<An essay on satyr>

Never be long about a match Lb54*10 (p. 49)
<[no title; 4 lines in Scribe 4’s hand] [end: by the E. of Rosc:] [not in TC]>

Though royal sir your every act does show Lb54*11 (pp. 50-1)
<On the prorogation, January 26, 1679>

In all humility we crave Lb54*12 (pp. 51-2)
<The Commons to the king>

Charles at this time having no need Lb54*13 (p. 52)
<The king’s answer>

Disgraced undone forlorn made Fortune’s sport Lb54*14 (pp. 52-3)
<The D[uke] of Monmouth’s letter to the king>

Ungrateful boy I will not call thee son Lb54*15 (pp. 54-6)
<The king’s answer to the D[uke] of Monmouth>

Must I with patience ever silent sit Lb54*16 (pp. 56-7)
<Semper ego auditor tantum>

Not Rome in all its splendour could compare Lb54*17 (p. 58)
<Nobilitas sola atque unica virtus [incomplete, pp. 59-68 excised]>

[Shame of my life disturber of my tomb] [Lb54*18] (pp. 61-?3)
<Ross’s ghost [lost work; title from TC]>

[I’ve heard the muses were still soft and kind] [Lb54*19] (pp. 63-?6)
<Advice to Apollo [lost work; title from TC]>

[Since all the actions of the far famed men] [Lb54*20] (pp. 66-8)
<On Capt. Southerland etc [lost work; title from TC]>

Among the race of England’s modern peers Lb54*21 (pp. 69-72)
<On the coffee-house wits: a satyr>

Among the writing race of modern wits Lb54*22 (pp. 73-5)
<An answer to the foregoing satyr>

When Jacob from offended Laban fled Lb54*23 (p. 75)
<[no title; six lines in Scribe 4’s hand] [not in TC]>

Who’d be the man lewd libels to indite Lb54*24 (pp. 76-82)
<Satyr {Satyr] ~ on the Court Officers TC}>

Come listen good people to what I shall say Lb54*25 (pp. 82-4)
<A ballad on the happy return of his royal highness, and the downfall of Perkin Warbeck>

Clarendon had law and sense Lb54*26 (p. 85)
<On our young statesmen>

As some brave admiral in former war Lb54*27 (pp. 86-8)
<The disabled debauchee>

‘Tis not that I’m weary grown Lb54*28 (pp. 89-90)
<Upon his leaving his mistress>

Let braves who into armies go Lb54*29 (p. 90)
<[no title; 2 stanzas in Scribe 4’s hand] [end: by Jack How 1691] [not in TC]>

After death nothing is and nothing death Lb54*30 (p. 91)
<Seneca Troas>

What Timon does old age begin t’approach Lb54*31 (pp. 92-100)
<Timon. A satyr>

Much wine had pass’d with grave discourse Lb54*32 (pp. 100-8)
<Ramble in St James’s Park>

Dear friend I hear this town does so abound Lb54*33 (pp. 108-12)
<A letter from the E. of R: to my Lord O. B.>

O Love how cold and slow to take my part Lb54*34 (pp. 113-15)
<To Love. O! nunquam pro me satis indignate Cupido. Ovid [add (another hand): `May Tendance and Dependance be thy Fate’ (a line from Cowley’s translation of a Martial epigram (`Dependance and Attendance…’) quoted in a letter from Rochester to his wife. See Treglown p. 242)]>

Love bid me hope and I obeyed Lb54*35 (pp. 116-17)
<Woman’s honour>

To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms Lb54*36 (pp. 118-19)
<The submission>

Give me leave to rail at you Lb54*37 (p. 120)
<To Thirsis>

Nothing adds to your fond fire Lb54*37.1 (pp. 121-2)
<[poem entered as stanzas 3, 4 and 5 of previous] [not listed separately in TC]>

I to my husband scorn to be a slave Lb54*38 (p. 122)
<[no title; 2 lines in Scribe 4’s hand] [not in TC]>

Fair Cloris in a pigsty lay Lb54*39 (pp. 123-5)
<Song>

Tell me no more I am deceived Lb54*40 (p. 125)
<An answer to a friend for loving a common jilt [in Scribe 4’s hand] [not in TC]>

Phillis be gentler I advise Lb54*41 (p. 126)
<To Phillis>

What cruel pains Corinna takes Lb54*42 (p. 127)
<To Corinna>

All my past life is mine no more Lb54*43 (p. 128)
<Love and life>

While on those lovely looks I gaze Lb54*44 (p. 129)
<Song>

How blest was the created state Lb54*45 (p. 130)
<The fall>

Amintor loved and lived in pain Lb54*46 (p. 131)
<Song>

Love to a woman th’art an ass Lb54*47 (p. 132)
<Love to a woman>

Out of stark love and arrant devotion Lb54*48 (p. 133)
<Of marriage>

To rack and torture thy unmeaning brain Lb54*49 (pp. 134-5)
<On the suppos’d author of a late poem, in defence of satyr>

Rail on poor feeble scribbler speak of me Lb54*50 (p. 136)
<Epigram; by way of answer>

Well sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes Lb54*51 (pp. 137-42)
<An allusion to Horace. Lib. 1. Satyr. 10. Nempe incomposito dixi pede etc>

If fate be not who can it foresee Lb54*52 (p. 142)
<[no title; in Scribe 4’s hand] [marg: Ld Berkely] [not in TC]>

Who can on this picture look Lb54*53 (pp. 143-4)
<To be writ on the Duchess of Portsmouth’s picture>

Had she but lived in Cleopatra’s age Lb54*54 (p. 144)
<Another, on the Duchess of Portsmouth’s picture>

‘Tis thought tall Richard first possessed Lb54*55 (pp. 145-?8)
<The chronicle. Out of Mr Cowley [incomplete, pp. 147-154 excised]>

[lost work] Lb54*56 (pp. 148-?50)
<A pindaric ode [title from TC]>

[lost work] Lb54*57 (pp. 150-5)
<Imitation of Hudibras [title from TC]>

Of all the wonders since the world began Lb54*58 (pp. 155-63)
<Barbara pyramidum sileat miracula memphis [bottom of pp. 155-6, 157-8 torn away, with loss of text]>

Worthy sir / Though weaned from all those scandalous delights Lb54*59 (pp. 164-5)
<A letter>

Tired with the noisome follies of the age Lb54*60 (pp. 166-75)
<Rochester’s farewell>

Ingrate Narcissus did impart Lb54*61 (p. 175)
<Fragment [in Scribe 4’s hand] [end: Harry H:] [not in TC]>

Methinks I see our mighty monarch stand Lb54*62 (pp. 176-8)
<Flatfoot the gudgeon-taker>

Curse on those critics ignorant and vain Lb54*63 (pp. 179-84)
<Satyr on the court ladies>

Since every foolish coxcomb thinks it fit Lb54*64 (pp. 185-9)
<Answer to the foregoing satyr>

To honourable court there lately came Lb54*65 (pp. 190-1)
<A ballad on Sir William Clifton>

The rabble hates the gentry fear Lb54*66 (p. 192)
<The rabble>

Here lieth Jack Gill Lb54*67 (pp. 193-4)
<An epitaph on Jack Gill the gamester [end: By Dr Freeman, chaplain to the Earl of Pembrook]>

A man much troubled with a sprite Lb54*68 (p. 195)
<The oracle [in Scribe 4’s hand]>

No longer blame those on the banks of Nile Lb54*69 (pp. 195-6)
<A riddle [Scribe 2 begins]>

From councils of sin where treason prevails Lb54*70 (pp. 197-9)
<A new litany appointed for this Lent, ordered to be sung in the conventicles, in, and about, London, Set familiarly to an excellent old tune called Cavallilly Man>

Now Heaven defend thee Bassett and protect Lb54*71 (pp. 200-4)
<Bassett>

Go tell Aminta gentle swain Lb54*72 (pp. 204-5)
<A song [Scribe 2, but not in TC]>

In the isle of Great Britain long since famous grown Lb54*73 (pp. 205-7)
<Satyr>

From the dark Stygian lake I come Lb54*74 (pp. 207-9)
<Marvell’s ghost>

It happened in the twilight of the day Lb54*75 (pp. 210-14)
<Sir Edmondbury Godfrey’s ghost>

Melinda who had never been Lb54*76 (pp. 214-15)
<The coquette>

This making of bastards so great Lb54*77 (pp. 216-20)
<Song. To the tune of Old Simon the king>

You Whigs and you Tories you trimmers and all Lb54*78 (pp. 221-4)
<Evidence Mall. Or a very new ballad to a sad old tune called Packington’s Pound>

Of Catesby Fox and Garnet Lb54*79 (pp. 225-8)
<A ballad on the 5th of November [title from TC]>

This trick of trimming is a fine thing Lb54*80 (pp. 229-31)
<The cushion dance at court by way of masque. To the tune of Joane Sanderson. Enter Jeffry Ailworth followed by the king and duke hand in hand [a dialogue with chorus]>

You loyal lads be merry Lb54*81 (pp. 232-4)
<Song [TC title: Song on Perkin]>

The Prince of Whigland swaggers in Whitehall Lb54*82 (pp. 234-5)
<On the Prince of Whigland [title from TC]>

Leave off your ogling Francis Lb54*83 (pp. 236-8)
<Advice, or an heroic epistle to Mr Francis Villiers. To an excellent new tune called A Health to Betty>

First the sweet speaker William Williams I saw Lb54*84 (pp. 239-41)
<On the lawyers in chancery [title from TC]>

What revolutions in the world have been Lb54*85 (p. 242)
<Mr Waller. Of her majesty on New-year’s day>

Nature does strangely female gifts dispense Lb54*86 (pp. 243-4)
<[no title] [Scribe 2, but not in TC]>

Whither going Damon whither in such haste Lb54*87 (pp. 245-56)
<A pindaric ode on the marriage of the right honourable the Earl of Dorsett and Middlesex. To the Lady Mary Compton [dialogue between Damon and Aminta]>

Older and wiser has long a proverb been Lb54*88 (pp. 257-65)
<On the camp>

What art thou O thou new found pain Lb54*89 (pp. 266-72)
<On desire. A pindaric>

Denied the press forbid the public view Lb54*90 (pp. 273-6)
<To the right honourable the Earl of Dorsett and Middlesex etc>

Of all the things which at this guilty time Lb54*91 (pp. 277-312)
<The playhouse. A satyr>

How like Elysium is the grove Lb54*92 (p. 313)
<On a lady’s singing>

Since by just flames the guilty piece is lost Lb54*93 (pp. 314-20)
<Advice to a painter. Upon the defeat of the rebels in the west, and the execution of the late Duke of Monmouth. ─ Pictoribus atque poetis qui[d]libet>

Once how I doted on this jilting town Lb54*94 (pp. 321-8)
<The town life>

With force united my soft heart he charmed Lb54*95 (p. 329)
<On my Lord Scarsdell [end: by my L: Rochester] [extract from `Tarsander and Swivanthe’; cf. #7 above]>

Insulting rival do not boast Lb54*96 (p. 329)
<Insulting rival [title from TC]>

In vain she frowns in vain she tries Lb54*97 (p. 330)
<Song>

O you hurt me she cried Lb54*98 (p. 331)
<Song>

O fair Aminta never fly Lb54*99 (p. 332)
<Song>

When she through my eyes Lb54*100 (p. 332)
<Song [end: By Mr Dormer the wit]>

Since love and verse as well as wine Lb54*101 (pp. 333-6)
<Sir George Etheridge to Lord Middleton>

To you who love in chill degree Lb54*102 (pp. 337-40)
<A letter from Mr Dryden to Sir George Etheridge>

From hunting whores and haunting play Lb54*103 (pp. 341-3)
<Sir George Etheridge to the Earl of Middleton>

Of all the plagues mankind possess Lb54*104 (pp. 343-51)
<Madam Le Croy>

Here take this W[arcup] spread it up and down Lb54*105 (pp. 351-6)
<Letter to C─ W[arcup]>

The glories of our birth and state Lb54*106 (p. 357)
<[no title]>

All earthly glory is but a farce Lb54*107 (p. 358)
<On the King of France [title in a scribbly hand (Scribe ?4)] [Poem by Scribe 2, but not in TC]>

Louis the great for all his glories past Lb54*108 (p. 358)
<Upon Fistula in ano – Berkeley [entered in the margin of previous by Scribe ?4] [not in TC]>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain Lb54*109 (pp. 358-63)
<Advice to a painter etc>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command Lb54*109.1 (pp. 363-4)
<To the king [not listed separately in TC]>

Warmed with the pleasures which debauches yield Lb54*110 (pp. 365-71)
<The last night’s ramble>

A session of lovers was held the other day Lb54*111 (pp. 371-90)
<The lovers’ session. In imitation of Sir John Suckling’s Session of poets>

Nay painter if thou dar’st design that fight Lb54*112 (pp. 390-405)
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham. 1667>

Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love Lb54*113 (pp. 406-25)
<Directions to a painter by Sir John Denham>

Draw England ruined by what was given before Lb54*114 (pp. 426-32)
<Directions to a painter: By Sir John Denham>

If injured monarchs may their loss explore Lb54*115 (pp. 433-4)
<Dialogue between King W[illiam] and King J[ames] the night before the battle of the Boyne [not the same hand as previous or following]>

My Bernicia since I do not find Lb54*116 (p. 435)
<To Berenice [new hand begins (Scribe 3)]>

I did believe t’was not in the power of mortals Lb54*117 (pp. 436-7)
<February the 1st 1690/1 [prose letter] [TC section title: Letters from L[ady] to her Fr[iend]]>

If I could have persuaded myself my letters would have been Lb54*118 (pp. 437-8)
<February the 18th 1690/1 [prose letter]>

The moment I received your last I acknowledged it Lb54*119 (pp. 438-9)
<February the 24th 1690/1 [prose letter]>

Though I was in a way of recovery before I received ─ Lb54*120 (pp. 439-40)
<March the 5th 1690/1 [prose letter]>

I will not only let [ ] know his two last letters came safe Lb54*121 (pp. 440-1)
<March the 10th 1690/1 [prose letter]>

Sure it may do us both a prejudice to meet any other way Lb54*122 (pp. 441-2)
<March the 24th 1690/1 [prose letter]>

Though it is not in my power to see or hear from you Lb54*123 (pp. 442-3)
<March the 30th 1691 [prose letter]>

I am now at home where I hope soon to hear from you Lb54*124 (pp. 443-4)
<April the 7th 1691 [prose letter]>

Nothing but my having been the most desperately in the spleen Lb54*125 (p. 444)
<April the 11th 1691 [prose letter]>

In my last I begged I might soon have an answer to it Lb54*126 (p. 445)
<March the 29th 1691 [prose letter]>

I am sorry to find your stay in town will be so very short Lb54*127 (p. 445)
<April the 21th 1691 [prose letter]>

I did resolve never to trouble [ ] more but upon considering Lb54*128 (pp. 445-6)
<May the 10th 1691 [prose letter]>

At your first sight of this letter you will think I am Lb54*129 (pp. 446-7)
<May the 28th 1691 [prose letter]>

Great good and just could I but rate Lb54*130 (p. 447)
<On the death of King Charles the first by Earl of Montrose [previous hands return]>

A choir of bright beauties in spring did appear Lb54*131 (p. 448)
<The Queen of May [Scribe 2?]>

Monmouth the witty Lb54*132 (p. 449)
<The following lines spoke ex tempore by the late Lord Rochester, at the Duchess of Portsmouth’s [not in TC] [Scribe 2?]>

Lovely Aurelia why d’ye bear Lb54*133 (p. 449)
<[no title] [TC title: `Song to Aurelia’] [Scribe 3 resumes]>

For the miracles done Lb54*134 (pp. 450-1)
<On the government 1691 [title from TC]>

Phillis talk no more of passion Lb54*135 (p. 451)
<Song on Phillis [title from TC]>

As in a dream our thinking monarch lay Lb54*136 (pp. 452-5)
<The ghost [TC ends here]>

Dear friend / When last I did discourse you of my love Lb54*136 (pp. 455-6)
<[no title]>

From the Dutch coast when you set sail Lb54*137 (pp. 456-7)
<A famous epistle to King William>

What Nostradamus with all his art can guess Lb54*138 (pp. 458-60)
<Prologue>

She is so charming fair Lb54*139 (p. 461)
<On seeing Ardelia and not daring to speak to her>

Not being at home I have but little or no time Lb54*140 (p. 462)
<September the 4th 1691 [prose letter, from the same lady as the earlier letters? (though in a different scribal hand)]>

Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart Lb54*141 (p. 463)
<Song by the Lord Rochester [same hand as previous]>