Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Add. b 105 (Oa05)

A personal miscellany of verse, mostly by leading poets of the late seventeenth and early 18th centuries. Much probably from printed sources. Pasted-in comments by E. Mansel, 1812.

Dear friend / I hear that you of late are grown Oa05*1 (ff. 2r-6r)
<An epistle to Mr. B─ By F: Knapp A.M. of Magdal[en] Coll: Oxon>

If death be nought but when the breath departs Oa05*2 (f. 6v)
<On death>

John Dryden enemies had three Oa05*3 (f. 6v)
<Upon Mr Dryden>

Iuno tonat lingua sed fulmine Iupiter urget Oa05*4 (f. 7r)
<Epigramma [end: John Dryden]>

The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build Oa05*5 (f. 7r)
<The description of a lark by Edmond Waller Esqr.>

Since dearest Harry you will needs request Oa05*6 (ff. 7v-13r)
<An account of the greatest English poets Mr H: Sacheverell the 2d. 1694 By Joseph Addison Esqr.>

The tyrant queen of soft desires Oa05*7 (ff. 13v-14v)
<Paraphase upon Horace’s Ode 19. Lib: 1. By Mr. Congreve>

As in a shipwreck some poor sailor tossed Oa05*8 (ff. 15r-18r)
<On the happiness of a retired life. By Mr. Charles Dryden>

Cæsaris irati Ligarius ante tribunal Oa05*9 (f. 18v)
<Cedant arma togae [end: Rob: Freind. Ch[rist] Ch[urch] Coll: Oxon]>

Cum Strephon extremas moriturus duxerat horas Oa05*10 (f. 19r-v)
<In obitum paenitentissimum Joannis Wilmott nuper Comitis Roffensis [end: Nat: Hanbury. Trin: Coll: Cant:]>

As gasping Strephon on his death-bed lay Oa05*11 (f. 20r-v)
<The same in English. By Mr. Flatman>

What tortures can there be in hell Oa05*12 (f. 21r-v)
<On jealousy. By Mr. Walsh>

When I sigh by my mistress and gaze on those eyes Oa05*13 (f. 22r-v)
<Love’s antidote>

Ah no ’tis all in vain believe me ’tis Oa05*14 (ff. 23r-25r)
<Horace, Lib: 11 Ode 14. Imitated. By Mr. Congreve>

A certain priest had hoarded up Oa05*15 (ff. 25v-26r)
<The robber robbed>

A papist died as ’twas Jehovah’s will Oa05*16 (f. 26r-v)
<The ghost>

When envy does at Athens rise Oa05*17 (f. 27r)
<On the report of my L[or]d Somers’ being to be removed from his office of L[or]d High Chancellor. By Mr. Prior>

How long great poet shall thy sacred lays Oa05*18 (ff. 27v-28v)
<To Mr John Dryden. By Joseph Addison Esqr. [end: Mag: Coll: Oxon: [blot] 2. 1693]>

Creator spirit by whose aid Oa05*19 (ff. 29r-30r)
<Veni creator spiritus. Paraphrased. By John Dryden Esqr.>

Cupid the slyest rogue alive Oa05*20 (ff. 30v-31v)
<The XIXth Idyllium of Theocritus>

Two kind turtles when a storm is nigh Oa05*21 (f. 31v)
<On a pair of doves. By John Dryden Esqr.>

Thus boar and sow when some black storm is nigh Oa05*21.1 (f. 32r)
<Thus transversed. By the right hon[oura]ble George D[uke] of Buckingham>

Sternhold and Hopkins had such qualms Oa05*22 (f. 32v)
<As the late Earl of Rochester went by a Country Church, where the People were singing Sternhold, and Hopkins’s version of the psalms, he spake the following verses, Ex Tempore>

Bella fugis bellas sequeris belloque repugnas Oa05*23 (f. 32v)
<Ad regem Carolum 2m [end: Rochester]>

How nobly did the city Dublin join Oa05*24 (f. 33r-v)
<On King Will[iam] 3d’s statue at Dublin>

O could my thoughts but suit the vast design Oa05*25 (ff. 34r-35r)
<Advice to a painter. To draw King William the 3d.>

Great Nassau from his cradle to his grave Oa05*26 (ff. 35v-36r)
<On King William 3d.>

Take courage noble Charles and cease to muse Oa05*27 (ff. 36r-37r)
<Quintus Arbelius’s ghost, to the r[igh]t hon[oura]ble Charles L[or]d Halifax>

So spake the god and heav’nward took his flight Oa05*28 (ff. 37v-41v)
<Priam’s lamentation, and petition to Achilles for the body of his son Hector. Translated from the Greek of Homer. Iliad <omega>. By Mr. Congreve. Argument introductory to this translation. Hector’s body (after he was slain) remained still . . .>

Now did the saffron morn her beams display Oa05*29 (ff. 42r-48v)
<The lamentations of Hecuba, Andromache, and Helen, over the dead body of Hector. Translated from the Greek of Homer, Iliad <omega>. By Mr. Congreve. Connexion of this with the former translation. Priam at last moves Achilles to compassion . . .>

A parish priest was of the pilgrim train Oa05*30 (f. 49r-53r)
<The character of a good parson; imitated from Chaucer, and enlarged. By John Dryden Esqr.>

Both shores were lost to sight when at the close Oa05*31 (ff. 53v-57r)
<The description of a storm from the 11th book of Ovid’s Metamor[phoses] beginning at these lines. Cum mare sub noctem tumidis albescere cœpit / Fluctibus; & præceps spirare valentius Eurus. &c. Translated into English verse, by John Dryden Esqr.>

The rage of jealousy then fired his soul Oa05*32 (ff. 57v-58v)
<On a jealous lover. By John Dryden, Esqr. [add: Vid: Pal: & Arc:]>

How Salmacis with weak enfeebled streams Oa05*33 (ff. 59r-63v)
<The story of Salmacis: from the fourth book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. By Jo: Addison Esqr.>

While mounting with expanded wings Oa05*34 (ff. 64r-66r)
<To Mr Dryden, upon his translation of the third book of Virgil’s Georgics. Pindaric Ode. By Mr. John Dennis>

The man that’s uncorrupt and free from guilt Oa05*35 (ff. 66v-68r)
<In imitation of Horace. Ode, XXII; Lib, I. Integer vitæ, etc. By Tho: Yalden. A:M: Fellow of Magdalen College in Oxford>

So sweet the joys by love and beauty giv’n Oa05*36 (ff. 68v-70v)
<Jupiter and Europa: from the fourth book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. By Stephen Harvey, Esqr.>

Come on ye critics find one fault who dares Oa05*37 (ff. 71r-72r)
<To a person of honour: upon his incomprehensible poems>

Thou damned Antipodes to common sense Oa05*38 (ff. 72v-73v)
<Upon the same>

As when a bully draws his sword Oa05*39 (f. 74r-v)
<Upon the same>

Go Love thy banners round the world display Oa05*40 (ff. 75r-77v)
<The enjoyment>

What hands divine have planted and protect Oa05*41 (f. 78r-v)
<To Myra. A great flood having destroyed the fruits of the ground, and the corn every where in her neighbourhood, but upon her own land. By Mr. George Granville>

Impatient with desire at last Oa05*42 (f. 79r)
<Song. By Mr George Granville>

It chanced of late a shepherd swain Oa05*43 (ff. 79v-81v)
<Cupid’s pastime. By Sidney Godolphin, Esqr.>

Here reading how fond Adam was betrayed Oa05*44 (f. 82r-v)
<To my Lady Dursley on her reading Milton’s Paradise Lost. By Matthew Prior Esqr.>

Sicilian muse begin a loftier flight Oa05*45 (ff. 83r-v)
<The Golden Age restored. The fourth eclogue of Virgil imitated, supposed to have been taken from a Sybilline prophecy. By the r[igh]t hon[oura]ble Charl[es] Lord Halifax [incomplete]>

Sir / Ovid of old in merry verse Oa05*46 (ff. 84r-86r)
<[no title] [sent in a letter of 5 pages (pasted into MS), ending `I am Sir your most humble servant J T Desaguliers. P.S. When e’er I think of you I am gay / Made on the road and write at Gamgay’] [f. 86v blank] [separates, letters and scraps of paper make up the MS from this point on]>

<f. 87r: paste-in sheet of lined paper, beginning `The writer of the note signed “E Mansel 1812” was Elizabeth, daughter of William Browne… [end: H.S.] [verso lined, but blank]>

<f. 88r: paste-in sheet beginning `About the year 1725 Dr John Theophilus Desaguliers the Philosophical writer was traveling… [end: E Mansel 1812] [verso and f. 89r-v blank]>

Why Gr[anv]ill is thy life confined Oa05*47 (f. 90r-v)
<The address to Mr G Gr[a]n[vi]ll upon his retiring from court. Written by an unknown hand>

Whoe’er thou art who tempts in such a strain Oa05*48 (ff. 90v-92v)
<The changeling. Being Mr G Gr[anv]ill’s answer, now dedicated to my Lord L[an]dsd[ow]n [end: In usum Lansdunum. Well said: when Gentleman but now made Lord, / Thy Words and actions make a foul discord]>

<f. 93r: scrap in same hand as f. 87r [note about following piece]>

News to expect from Houghton Hall Oa05*49 (ff. 94r-96v)
<To the ladies at Oxburgh [new hand]>

Upon the slippery tops of state Oa05*50 (f. 97r)
<[no title]>

Here let me careless and unthoughtful lying Oa05*51 (f. 97v)
<[no title]>

Begin be bold and venture to be wise Oa05*52 (f. 97v)
<[no title]>

Beauty thou active passive ill Oa05*53 (f. 98r)
<[no title] [f. 98v blank]>

<f. 99r: paste-in, identifing Mrs Lepell and Mrs How of next entry, signed `H.S.’>

What’s prudery ’tis a beldame Oa05*54 (f. 100r)
<Mrs Lepell, and Mrs Howe, two Maids of Honour to the Princess, asked Mr Pope; What Prudery is? He making use of that expression in conversation. His answer>

Whilst thirst of praise and vain desire of fame Oa05*55 (f. 101r)
<The resolve by Lady Mary Wriothesly [f. 101v blank]>

Sir / Matthew Camprey a Savogard friar of the order of Saint Bennet Oa05*56 (f. 102r)
<[no title] [prose letter] [end: A copy of a letter from Cardinal Richlieu [to] the French ambassador at Rome. This is a translation…] [some text lost with trimming]>

A wife who never did her husband claim Oa05*57 (f. 102v)
<A riddle [same hand as previous]>

O qui potentem ducis originem Oa05*58 (f. 103r-v)
<[no title] [end: Robertus Parran S.T.P.]>

I said to my heart between sleeping and waking Oa05*59 (f. 104r-v)
<Upon Miss Howard. by L[or]d Peterborough>

Today man dressed in gold and silver bright Oa05*60 (f. 105r)
<The difference between to day an[d] tomorrow [f. 105v blank]>

Alas what’s man who knows but this did bear Oa05*61 (f. 106r)
<On a human skull [f. 106v blank]>