Manchester, Chetham’s Library, MS Mum. A4.14 (Mc14)

A verse miscellany compiled by Oliver Le Neve; c. 1690′ DoC 45, 128, 331. Poems from general circulation, from his own circle in which `R. E.’ seems to have been the star poet, and a few by himself. Ceases 1688. In 1699 Le Neve killed Sir Henry Hobart in a duel and had to flee the country. Many of the poems, particularly the coarse ones, have been crossed out. The original pagination has been superseded by modern foliation, however the librarian misnumbered and then partially corrected, and seems to have wrongly renumbered what was correct in the first place—with confusing results! we have recorded what would be the correct foliation throughout. No Table of Contents or Index. Previous shelf-marks are scattered across the first opening.

Of wars and blood and foughten fields I sing Mc14*1 (ff. 1r-9v; pp. 1-18)
<In Angliam solam bello intactam [a second hand takes over mid-folio 8v, and has marked off the first hand with a marginal note `tam procul Auth: R L’] ] [f. 10r blank, apart from catchphrase: `Authore R L’]>

Great Charles who full of mercy could command Mc14*2 (f. 10r; p. 20)
<A copy of verses dropped in his majesty’s bed chamber [end: Authore incognito]>

Arise thou orb of beauty in whose sphere Mc14*3 (f. 11r-v; pp. 21-2)
<In formosam puellam nomine S Pr: [end: Authore R E]>

Walk on dull Stoic since the world goes round Mc14*4 (f. 12r; p. 23)
<In J: H: in Arenas Coll Win: ambulantem [end: Authore eodem]>

You say tomorrow you’ll enjoy your life Mc14*5 (f. 12r-v; pp. 23-4)
<Epig[ramma] Mar[tialis] transla: de die crastinâ [end: Authore eodem]>

When the dry sun had left his burning course Mc14*6 (ff. 12v-13r; pp. 24-5)
<[no title] [end: Authore eodem]>

In the isle of Britain long since famous grown Mc14*7 (f. 13r-v; pp. 25-6)
<In C R [poem crossed out] [Rochester’s authorship implied in attribution of next, which follows]>

She was so exquisite a whore Mc14*8 (f. 13v; p. 26)
<On N[ell] Gu[inn] [end: Authore D Rochester] [poem crossed out]>

What pray spectators do you come to see Mc14*9 (ff. 14r-15r; pp. 27-9)
<In Brittanniam seditione oppressam [end: Authore R E]>

Could I but climb the Ciceronian pole Mc14*10 (ff. 15r-16r; pp. 29-31)
<In D[omin]um Kenn ad Romam iter habentem [end: Authore S Jen:]>

As I was walking in a shady grove Mc14*11 (f. 16v; p. 32)
<Song [end: Authore R E]>

When lazy Time had spent a summer’s day Mc14*12 (ff. 17r-18r; pp. 33-5)
<In militem virum occidentem [end: Authore eodem]>

Happy the star that ruled that glorious day Mc14*13 (f. 18r-v; pp. 35-6)
<To his mistress [end: Authore R E]>

Nothing thou shadow of the chaos world Mc14*14 (f. 19r; p. 37)
<In nihil [end: Authore R E]>

Straight from behind I heard the gentle tread Mc14*15 (f. 19v; p. 38)
<In Senem. Pars amissa [marg: 2] [end: Authore Rob. Lowman]>

How like a moth that hovers at a light Mc14*16 (f. 20r; p. 39)
<On love [f. 20v blank]>

No man love’s fiery passions can approve Mc14*17 (f. 21r; p. 41)
<Song against lovers [end: Authore incog.]>

This is the place where bliss itself does lie Mc14*18 (f. 21v; p. 42)
<A distich pinned to a lady’s shift as it hung a-drying just before [verse and title crossed out]>

They say R. H. is gone to sea Mc14*19 (ff. 21v-22r; pp. 42-3)
<In J: Ducem Eboracensem transmare iter habente[m]>

A treacherous friar who died the other day Mc14*20 (f. 22r-v; pp. 43-4)
<Upon a friar’s coming to Hell but could not get entrance>

About the time that one shall be Mc14*21 (ff. 22v-23v ; pp. 44-6)
<A prophecy which hath been a manuscript in the Lord Powis his house above 60 years>

Piss out your fires you Huguenots Mc14*22 (f. 23v; p. 46)

We read in profane and sacred records Mc14*23 (ff. 24r-26r; pp. 47-51)
<A dialogue between the horse at Charing cross and the horse at Woolchurch alias Stocks Market London [page 51 breaks off a dozen lines before the `Conclusion’ and there is no p. 52, suggesting that a leaf was lost before binding. From this point even-numbered pages are on rectos]>

Cursed be those thoughts whom contemplation move Mc14*24 (f. 26v; p. 53)
<Against love>

When weary Time had spent a summer’s day Mc14*25 (f. 27r-v; pp. 54-4)
<Translation of Ovid’s Corinna concubitus [not the same as #12] [end: Aut. L Rotchester] [poem crossed out]>

Have you not in a chimney seen Mc14*26 (f. 27v; p. 55)
<[no title] [end: Aut[o]re L Rotchester] [poem crossed out]>

Son of a whore God damm’e canst thou tell Mc14*27 (f. 28r; p. 56)
<A dialogue with a post by the Lord Rochester [end: Author. Ld Rochester] [poem crossed out] [foliation not corrected at this point, so that there appears to be no folio 28]>

Pleasure from which the universe did spring Mc14*28 (f. 28r; p. 56)
<On pleasure [poem crossed out]>

As Colon drove his sheep along Mc14*29 (ff. 28v-31r; pp. 57-62)
<A satyr [end: Aut: incognito] [poem crossed out]>

The parched earth whom one would think Mc14*30 (f. 31r-v; pp. 62-3)
<A copy of verses in answer to Cowley’s Thirsty earth [end: Aut. incognito]>

It was when the dark lanthorn of the night Mc14*31 (ff. 31v-32r; pp. 63-4)
<Lord Rochester dream [end: Ld Rochester] [poem crossed out]>

Since now my Sylvia’s as kind as fair Mc14*32 (ff. 32r-34v; pp. 64-9)
<Upon enjoyment [end: Aut: Ld Rotchester] [poem crossed out]>

Husband the dull unpitied miscreant Mc14*33 (ff. 35r-36r; pp. 70-2)
<Against marriage by the Lord Roch[ester] [end: Aut: Ld Roc:] [poem crossed out]>

Well for a careful prudent bawd say I Mc14*34 (f. 36r-v; pp. 72-3)
<The prologue to the music’s speech spoken to the ladies at the act in Oxford Theatre July the 12 1679 by Mr Alestree>

It is expected that this epilogue now Mc14*35 (f. 37r; p. 74)
<The epilogue>

Base mettled hanger by thy mistress’ thigh Mc14*36 (f. 37v; p. 75)
<Lord Rotchester upon his p[ric]k when it would not stand [end: Authore Ld Rotch:] [poem crossed out]>

Disgraced undone forlorn made Fortune’s sport Mc14*37 (f. 38r; p. 76)
<On the Duke of M[onmouth] [end: Authore incognito]>

Must I with patience ever silent sit Mc14*38 (ff. 38v-39r; pp. 77-8)
<A satyr on the court sparks>

Art and Nature both alleges Mc14*39 (f. 39r; p. 78)
<Mr Walter Overbury to Madam Bridges>

So long was I deprived of my rest Mc14*40 (ff. 39r-40r; pp. 78-80)
<The dream [end: Auth: Will: Clarke]>

Dear Madam / It shall not be my present business to harangue Mc14*41 (f. 40v; p. 81)
<A love letter [end: Ch: Y] [prose letter]>

It happened in the twilight of the day Mc14*42 (ff. 41r-42v; pp. 82-5)
<Sir Edmund Bury Godfrey’s ghost to the K[ing] [end: Aut: incognito]>

Shame of my life disturber of my tomb Mc14*43 (f. 42v; p. 85)
<Ross’s ghost to the D[uke] of Mon[mouth] his pup[il] [end: Au: in:]>

Arise O thou once mighty Charles arise Mc14*44 (f. 43r; p. 86)
<To the king [end: Auth: incog:]>

From the dark dungeons of eternal night Mc14*45 (ff. 43v-44r; pp. 87-8)
<The ghost of the preceding parliament to the parliament that was to sit at Oxford March the xxith 1681 [end: Aut: incog.]>

As from a darkened room some optic glass Mc14*46 (f. 44v; p. 89)
<The epilogue spoken to the king and parliament at Oxford at their sitting there March 21th 1681 [end: Aut: incog:]>

Fair Philomela to you I could not send my heart Mc14*47 (f. 45r; p. 90)
<Diodorus to Philomela or a letter sent to Madam A. Hook: by her servant D Tylney. not wrote to be admired for anything but its folly>

Pray noble Diodorus show me why Mc14*47.1 (f. 45r; p. 90)
<Her answer>

Philomela now it plainly does appear Mc14*47.2 (f. 45r-v; p. 90-1)
<His return>

Female lampooners a new fashioned thing Mc14*48 (f. 45v; p. 91)
<An answer of a p[ar]son to some lady’s that very scurrilously lampooned him [end: Aut: Re E:]>

Hark hark my jolly soul methinks I hear Mc14*49 (f. 46r; p. 92)
<To a young lady upon the death of the Lady Mason [end: Au: C Y]>

When first I did begin to love Mc14*50 (f. 46v; p. 93)
<To his mistress in defiance of her charms [end: Au: incog:]>

Pardon dear Hero that I send to thee Mc14*51 (ff. 47r-48r; pp. 94-6)
<Leander to Hero>

Awake vain man ’tis time the abuse to see Mc14*52 (ff. 48v-49r; pp. 97-8)
<Advice to his grace James D[uke] of Monmouth [end: Ephelia]>

As Nero once with harp in hand surveyed Mc14*53 (f. 49r; p. 98)
<In Iac: Duc: Ebo: cu[m] Batt: ?B—le Ger:] [end: Aut. incog.] [poem crossed out]>

Poor Fuckadilla now grown past Mc14*54 (ff. 49v-50r; pp. 99-100)
<[no title] [poem crossed out]>

Here lies a cunt that had all nations tried Mc14*55 (f. 50r; p. 100)

In all humility we humbly crave Mc14*56 (f. 50r; p. 100)
<A mock petition of the House of Commons assembled at Westminster in the year 1681>

Charles at this time having no need Mc14*56.1 (f. 50r; p. 100)
<The K[ing’]s answer>

Of a tall stature and of sable hue Mc14*57 (ff. 50v-53v; pp. 101-107)
<An historical poem [end: Au: incognito]>

What slender youth with his perfumed embrace Mc14*58 (f. 54r; p. 108)
<Ad Lydia[m] a translation of Horace’s 5th ode. / To Pyrrha [with introductory `Argument’: Horace declining Pyrrha’s falser charmes / Like shipwrackt marines avoids her arms / Swearing within their circle’s greater harms] [end: Auth: R E]>

Tell me dear charming Lydia tell me Mc14*59 (f. 54v; p. 109)
<Ad Lydiam ode VIII [end: R E]>

When Lydia thou the rosy neck and arms Mc14*60 (f. 55r; p. 110)
<Ad Lydiam ode XIIIth. / Horace with servant passion hates to see / His rival Telephus preferred to be [marg: Arg[ument]] [end: Ol[iver] Le Neve]>

Leuconoe I distrust the gods no more Mc14*61 (f. 55v; p. 111)
<To Luconoe ode XIth / Horace advises grave Luconoe / To avoid care and live more free / By teaching him life’s brevity [marg: Arg[ument]] [end: R E]>

O daughter fairer copy than the other Mc14*62 (f. 56r-v; pp. 112-13)
<Ode XVIth [end: Oliver Le Neve]>

Tell me insipid lecher now the tide Mc14*63 (ff. 56v-57r; pp. 113-14)
<The effects of enjoyment [end: Ol[iver] Le Neve] [poem crossed out]>

Pox o’ this playhouse ’tis an old tired jade Mc14*64 (ff. 57v-58r; pp. 115-16)
<Prologue to the king upon his return from Newmarket in the year 1681: Oct: spoken by one of his servants at his ?ene theatre and composed by Mr Dryden [actually the Epilogue to Mithridates]>

After a two months’ fast I hope at length Mc14*65 (ff. 58r-59r; pp. 116-18)
<Epilogue [end: Dryden] [actually the Prologue to Mithridates]>

Thou equal partner of the royal bed Mc14*66 (f. 59r-v; pp. 118-19)
<A copy of verses spoken by Mr Duke of Trin[ity] Coll: in Cambridge to the queen when she was there. Anno Dom: 1681 [end: Authore Domino Duke d.o Trin: Coll: Canta:]>

After that sort of academic wit Mc14*67 (ff. 59v-60v; pp. 119-21)
<Mr Smalwood to the ladies in the Commencement House in Cambridge [end: Mr Smallwood]>

Ah to what sorrows am I led Mc14*68 (f. 61r; p. 122)
<On the junior proctor who was in love with a cook’s daughter that died of the green-sickness [last line: I rest thine — Lamentable Obediah]>

How can I stir and leave this happy place Mc14*69 (f. 61v; p. 123)
<On a lady that asked him all questions and commands when went out of the country and afterwards commanded him to write a copy of verses [end: R E]>

When first with beauty I was catched Mc14*70 (f. 62r-v; pp. 124-5)
<The surprise [incomplete, f. 63r left blank]>

Lauderdale the pretty Mc14*71 (f. 63v; p. 127)
<Upon the K[ing] D[uke] of Y[or]k ?etc [end: Ld Rochester]>

When Portsmouth did from England fly Mc14*72 (f. 63v; p. 127)
<On the Duchess of Portsmouth’s leaving England [end: Mr Shepperd]>

What the priests gospel call Mc14*73 (f. 64r-v; pp. 128-9)
<[no title] [end: Aut: incognito]>

Imparem imperium habet pars Mc14*74 (ff. 64v-66r; pp. 129-32)
<On the proceedings of the parliaments at Westminster before the Oxford parliament convened the 21st of March 1681 [first stanza only in Latin] [end: Auth: incognito]>

The gods and the goddesses lately did feast Mc14*75 (ff. 66v-67r; pp. 133-4)
<On a bowl of punch [end: Auth: Capt: Ratcliff]>

After thinking a fortnight of Whig and of Tory Mc14*76 (f. 67v; p. 135)
<Buckingham’s thoughts [end: Buckingham]>

Madam as victors when they quit the field Mc14*77 (f. 68r; p. 136)
<The return [end: O[liver] L[e Neve]]>

The cause of absence is not less of love Mc14*78 (f. 68v; p. 137)
<The banishment [end: O[liver] L[e Neve]]>

You said that I was loved you knew by who Mc14*79 (f. 69r-v; pp. 138-9)
<The confession [end: Auth: O[liver] L[e Neve]]>

If liberty of conscience e’er was good Mc14*80 (f. 70r; p. 140)
<Upon liberty of conscience granted 1688 and written on Grey’s Inn bog house>

Nero to rule by law once pledged his troth Mc14*81 (f. 70r; p. 140)
<Nero’s oath>

I hold for faith / What England’s church allows / What Rome’s church sayeth Mc14*82 (f. 70v; p. 141)
<A two-faced creed>

When the proud sea with bellowing waves did swell Mc14*83 (f. 71r; p. 142)
<De natis etc. [end: auth: O[liver] L[e Neve]]>

Blessed once with all the joys that women yield Mc14*84 (ff. 71v-72r; pp. 143-4)
<The repulse [poem crossed out]>

Dearest George / Once I thought that thou hadst been the perfection Mc14*85 (ff. 72v;-73r; pp. 145-6)
<A letter to Mr George Merley [end: O[liver] L[e Neve]] [prose letter]>

On the obedience passive still to dote Mc14*86 (f. 73v; p. 147)
<To the clergy that preach up passive obedience in K[ing] J[ames]s time>

Behold the man who to be great abroad Mc14*87 (f. 74r; p. 148)
<On the late governor of Buda>

How liberty of conscience that’s a change Mc14*88 (ff. 74v-75v; pp. 149-151)
<Dr Wild’s ghost>

Blame not the sages of the law Mc14*89 (f. 75v; p. 151)
<On the non obstante judges>

A pox of the plotting and caballing of late Mc14*90 (f. 76r; p. 152)

As dearest friends who when cold Death is nigh Mc14*91 (ff. 76v-77r; pp. 153-4)
<The departure [end: Aut: O[liver] Le Neve]>

Ah the charms of a beauty Mc14*92 (f. 77r; p. 154)

No longer blame those on the banks of Nile Mc14*93 (ff. 77v-78r; pp. 155-6)
<The riddle of riddles [poem crossed out]>

You Catholic statesmen and churchmen rejoice Mc14*94 (ff. 78r-79r; pp. 156-8)
<The miracle 1687>

You know I long have loved and do so still Mc14*95 (ff. 79v-80r; pp. 159-60)
<The constant perseverance [end: O[liver] L[e Neve]]>