University of Leeds, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 55 (Lb55)

A collection of political satires of the 1660s and 1670s including neo-Latin material.

<Blank pages at start of MS. Original pagination starts at p. 5>

The blood of the just London’s firm doom shall fix Lb55*1 (f. 4r-v) (pp. 5-6)
And pray to Jove to take him back again
<An ancient prophecy of Notredame written originally in French and now done into English [`Bayes Jan. 6th 70/1′] [`t’ just’ and `London’ in MS] [the first 4 pages are blank]>

Painter once more thy pencil reassume / And draw me Lb55*2 (ff. 4v-6r) (pp. 6-9)
That by affliction passive men grow great
<The 4 or 5 advice to the painter. Feb. 1670/1>

[Draw England ruined by what was given before] Lb55*3 (f. 6r) (p. 9)
Saw his ships burn and as they burnt he swived
<In the conclusion of the 4th advice [last 4 lines only, beginning `As Nero once with harp in hand surveyed’] [see also #8 below]>

[Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love] Lb55*4 (f. 6r) (p. 9)
<In the second advice [2-line extract: `The secretary that had never yet /Intelligence but from his own gazette’]>

Assist me some auspicious muse to tell Lb55*5 (ff. 6r-7v) (pp. 9-12)
Subdue the prowess of one poor old man
<The Whetstone’s adventure>

Prorogued on prorogation rogues and whores Lb55*6 (ff. 7v-9r) (pp. 12-15)
If not our next wish is we may be free
<Væ nobis infimis [`wishes’ in MS]>

Quid prosunt monumenta ortusvè satusvè superba Lb55*7 (f. 9v) (p. 16)
Erinere et busto fragrantiæ germina mittunt
<[no title] [new hand]>

The glories of our birth and state Lb55*7.1 (ff. 9v-10r) (pp. 16-17)
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust
<Anglicè [trans. of above, follows straight on]>

Gloriæ stirpis tumidæque pompæ Lb55*7.2 (f. 10r) (p. 17)
Pulvere florent
<[no title] [a second translation of above; BLa20 has a different `Latin version’]>

So kind he was that in our greatest need Lb55*8 (f. 10r) (p. 17)
His swiving now proves useless as his chain
<Hæc adiecta sunt, when Nero with his harp etc. quæ scripta sunt folio nono antisedente. Proximaque editio [ie extra lines to follow #3, though these not found elsewhere]>

When daring Blood his rent to have regained Lb55*9 (f. 10v) (p. 18)
A bishop’s cruelty the crown had gone
<Upon Blood’s late attempt of borrowing that crown>

Bludius ut ruris damnum repararet aviti Lb55*9.1 (f. 10v) (p. 18)
Veste sacerdotis rapta corona fuit
<[no title, trans. of above]>

As cities that to the fierce conqueror yield Lb55*10 (ff. 10v-12r) (pp. 18-21)
Yet we had better by far have him than his brother
<Upon Sir Robert Vyner’s setting up of the king’s statue in Wool-Church Market [`Bayes’]>

From pensioners papists and rusty dragoons Lb55*11 (f. 12r-v) (pp. 21-2)
That would bring us all to pay Peter pence
<A litany 1672 [`Bayes’]>

Like the dumb man who found his tongue when he saw Lb55*12 (ff. 12v-16v) (pp. 22-30)
but remember you owe something to those that chose you / Farewell
<The alarum. Written in November 1669, and sent in a letter to a member of the House of Commons [prose text]>

I do forsake entirely the Protestant Church Lb55*13 (ff. 16v-18v) (pp. 30-4)
because there was no other church older from whom she should separate herself
<An abjuration of the Protestant faith [7 numbered prose paragraphs followed by a longer one] [spelt `unterly’]>

That every teacher and preacher must be sent from God Lb55*14 (ff. 18v-19r) (pp. 34-5)
that the gift of interpreting scripture is not given to every one
<Catholic principles whereby one may resolve all the arguments of English ministers upon their pretended private spirit [3 short prose paragraphs]>

As t’other night in bed I thinking lay Lb55*15 (ff. 19r-24v) (pp. 35-46)
‘Tis ten to one but we shall dream again
<The gamble or dream of the Grand Cabal 1673>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain Lb55*16 (ff. 24v-26r) (pp. 46-9)
This band of traitors hanged in effigy
<Advice to a painter to draw the duke by>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command Lb55*16.1 (f. 26r-v) (pp. 49-50)
Till the stroke is struck which they can ne’er reprieve
<To the king [follows straight on]>

My lords and gentlemen / I am commanded by his majesty to acquaint you Lb55*17 (ff. 26v-28r) (pp. 50-3)
than to be a great king contrary to law and right
<The Lord Chancellor’s speech to the parliament. 20th of October 1673 [prose text]>

The [for `One’] whole piece of the Duchess of Cleveland’s honesty Lb55*18 (ff. 28r-30r) (pp. 53-7)
with considerable abatement for cash bidding
<On Friday the _ day of _ are to be sold by inch of candle, at the Royall Coffee House these several goods by parcels [prose list]>

Whereas there were two thousand and more common Catholic priests Lb55*18.1 (f. 30r) (p. 57)
he or she shall receive five hundred pounds for their pains / God save the king
<An advertisement [prose text]>

From the blessed regions of eternal day Lb55*19 (ff. 30r-31v) (pp. 57-60)
Britain shall be his throne in time to come
<The Lord Lucas’s ghost>

The Londoners gent to the king do present Lb55*20 (ff. 31v-33r) (pp. 60-3)
Until you all burn again burn
<Up[on his Majesty’s being made free of the city] [title completed from V90] [`Jent’ in MS] [`Up’ of title only on f. 31v (p. 60)]>

That according to the law of the land the king hath no guards Lb55*21 (f. 33v) (p. 64)
without burthening his good people with any further taxes to that end
<Reasons for disbanding the horse and foot guards commonly called the King’s life-guard [prose text]>

My lords and gentlemen / I told you last meeting the winter was the fittest time Lb55*22 (ff. 34r-35r) (pp. 65-7)
sincerity and prudence that I have ever practised since my happy restoration
<The King’s speech to the parliament 13th of April 1675 [prose text] [NB Marvell]>

The parsons all keep whores Lb55*23 (f. 35r-v) (pp. 67-8)
And blind Lord Vaughan turn saint
<A ballad. To the tune of Walton Towne’s end. Chivy Chase>

I am a senseless thing / With a hey with a hey Lb55*24 (ff. 35v-36r) (pp. 68-9)
I must run away / With a hey trony nonny nonny noe
<A ballad to the tune of the Duke of Norfolk>

Par domus hæc urbi est urbs orbis neutra triumphis Lb55*25 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Et belli et pacis par Ludovice tuis
<In commendation of the Louvre [distich]>

The Louvre to Paris that to the world compare Lb55*25.1 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
These both thine Louis less than thine actions are
<Anglicè [`Lewis’ in M]>

This was the house that was built by Harris Lb55*25.2 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
A fart for the Louvre a fart for Paris
<Burlesqued by my Lord Buckhurst>

Non orbis gentem non urbem gens habet ulla Lb55*26 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Urbsue domum dominum ?vil domus illa parem
<In commendation of the King of France [distich] [`?vil” – `nec’ in other source]>

Sicelides dominus domus est Busiridis ara Lb55*26.1 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Fœta lupis urbs fœda luto gens simia vinti

Una dies Latharos Burgundos hebdomas una Lb55*27 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Una domat Batavos luna quid annus agit?
<[no title]>

Tu Latharos raptu Burgundos fraude petisti Lb55*27.1 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Tu Batavos emptu far ictò lusor agit
Turmarum iladem prædam ilassemque fugatam
Internum bellum Gallicus annus agit
<Respon. [NB a uniquely four-line version?]>

Lorraine you stole by fraud you got Burgundy Lb55*27.2 (f. 36r) (p. 69)
Holland you bought by God you’ll pay for’t one day
<Anglicè [NB Rochester]>

Viderat Hadriacis Venetam Neptunus in undis Lb55*28 (f. 36v) (p. 70)
Illam homines dicas hanc posuisse deos
<Zan Zanius upon the city of Venice>

There was a monarch in all isle say some Lb55*29 (ff. 36v-37r) (pp. 70-1)
From the hector of France to the cully of Britain
<My L[or]d R[ochester’s] verses [`Britton’ in MS]>

I’ll tell thee Dick where I have been Lb55*30 (ff. 37r-40r) (pp. 71-7)
And I for them be sent
<The Chequer Inn [16]74>

A curse [for `Curse’] on such representatives Lb55*31 (f. 40r-v) (pp. 77-8)
By this old Whitehall pump
<The pump parliament, or Dick’s answer>

Ah Raleigh when thy breath thou didst resign Lb55*32 (ff. 40v-43v) (pp. 78-84)
No pois’nous tyrants on thy earth shall live
<A dialogue, Brittannia, Rawleigh [new hand p. 79?]>

Chaste pious prudent Charles the second Lb55*33 (ff. 43v-45v) (pp. 84-8)
Is wretched king’d by storks or logs
<The chronicle>

We read in profane and sacred records Lb55*34 (ff. 46r-49r) (pp. 89-95)
There’s ten times more treason in brandy and ale
<A dialogue between the two horses 1675. Introduction [The Dialogue begins on p. 90; Conclusion on p. 95] [pagination ends here; two blank pages follow]>

[A catalogue of books] Lb55*35 (ff. 50v-74v)
<[inventory of a substantial private collection with titles and dates, the most recent date being 1759] [not added to megafile]>

[A catalogue of books] Lb55*36 (ff. 76r-92 (rev)) (pp. 1-31)
<Catalogue of Mr Okeover’s library taken September 1760 [with later additions; a later inventory of the previous?] [not added to megafile]>

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