Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. d 152 (Oep52)

Bookseller’s description from inside front board: `SATIRICAL VERSE IN MS. A Remarkable Collection of amatory and satirical ballads, songs, poems, etc., written in various hands, from the time of the Restoration of Charles II. to the reign of Queen Anne. [. . .] formed by the celebrated antiquary Peter Le Neve, Norroy king-at-arms (1661–1729). [. . .]’ A collection of separates ?pasted between the leaves of a book with larger, blank leaves. The foliation includes both the separates and the blank pages. Separates are indicated where these can be identified. <f. 1r-v are blank pages of the book> <Folios 2 and 4 form a separate. The versos indicate use of `recycled’ paper>

The husband’s the pilot the wife is the ocean Oep52*1 (ff. 2r, 4r)
Judge you as you please but I scorn to flatter
<A satyr on marriage by Tho: Brown>

<Folio 2v contains the line `Spare not nor spend too much be this thy care’, the first line of the 4-line 19th Precept from Thomas Randolph’s Necessary Observations (1652), entered 16 times in a childish hand [f. 3 blank]>

Falsehood disguised under religious veil Oep52*2 (f. 4r)
As mists are scattered by Apollo’s ray
<[no title]>

As the sequacious wax with ease receives Oep52*3 (f. 4r)
Your active sportsman ranges all the field
<[no title] [end: Brown]

<Folio 4v contains the line `Prepare thy self against extremity. And the afflictions’, headed `Satyr on marriage’, entered 17 times in a childish hand>

<Folios 6 and 7 form a separate, in several hands>

I’m apt now to think Oep52*4 (ff. 6r-7r)
His bed should to Bridges be common
<An addition to Wonder not Nelly etc. [f. 7v not filmed]>

<Folios 9-12, 15-18 form a separate>

Base mettle hanger by thy master’s thigh {side uncorr} Oep52*5 (f. 9r)
Else I’ll ne’er draw thee but against a post
<Lord Rochester B.>

In a dark cave whose hellish station Oep52*6 (f. 9r-v)
Was it not for thy often resurrection
<On a c[unt]>

For shame Leuconoe leave thee off to know Oep52*7 (f. 9v)
That universe of joys we’ve yet behind
<A paraphrase upon Horace 11 ode Ad Leuconoen. Tu ne qu[a]esieris scire (nefas) quem mihi, quem tibi / Finem dij dederint, Leuconoe. etc. {thee off to] thy ofto} [end: P.N.]>

Thou mercenary renegade thou slave Oep52*8 (f. 10r-v)
The honest layman’s faith is still the same
<To Mr Bays by the E[arl] of Dorset 1685>

Traitor to God and rebel to thy pen Oep52*9 (f. 10v)
Will easily believe transubstantiation
<[no title]>

[The critics that pretend to sense] Oep52*10 (f. 11r-v)
And posted to the queen away
<[no title] [incomplete; begins at l. 52 `At this reproof he pawned a purse’]>

Here lies S[am] H[uide] for estate an esquire Oep52*11 (f. 11v)
Who want neither fire meat drink cunt or clothes
<An epitaph of Mr Sam. Huide an old usurer>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain Oep52*12 (ff. 12r-v, 15r-v)
This crowd of traitors hanged in effigy
<The fourth advice to a painter written by Andrew Marvel esquire A D: 1670>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command Oep52*12.1 (ff. 15v-16r)
Till the stroke’s struck {stroke} which they can ne’er retrieve
<To the king>

Hic iacet ecclesia anglicana Oep52*13 (f. 16r)
Cui patriarcha neu baptriatus
<The following epitaph was stuck upon St Martin’s Church door 1692>

See this little mistress here Oep52*14 (f. 16v)
No sure she’s pope innocent or none
<A copy of verses made at the christening of Sir Tho: Pope’s child [title at end of poem]>

The joys of eager youth of wine and wealth Oep52*15 (ff. 16v-17r)
By whom the good are taught not kept in awe
<Verses presented to King Charles>

Anglorum semper fortunam Gallia sensit Oep52*16 (f. 17r)
Ad Galli cantum non fugit iste leo
<On King William>

Luna rubet pallet crescit noctu ambulat errat Oep52*17 (f. 17r)
Quolibet hæc autem mense sed illa die
<Luna est fœmina [cf. #126 below]>

If I live to be a man as I find I grow up Oep52*18 (f. 17v)
And thus I’ll live on let folks talk what [?they will]
<The young man’s wish [ends of lines lost in binding]>

Tota ruit Babylon destruxit tecta Lutherus Oep52*19 (f. 18r)
Muros Calvinus sed fundamenta Socinus
<[no title] [distich]>

Milton they say did learn Salmasius’ foil Oep52*20 (f. 18r)
But not one word of Bentley or of Boyle
<[no title] [3 lines]>

May I neither be observator nor trimmer Oep52*21 (f. 18r)
Nor write any longer than wise men will read
<[no title]>

Apollo help me to rehearse Oep52*22 (f. 18r)
For prick is laid beneath the stones
<An epitaph on a man named Prick>

Earth take thine earth my sin let Satan [have] Oep52*23 (f. 18r)
My flesh my sin my goods my soul I had
<[no title] [`have’ under ink blot]>

L’on ne ocut pas que ie baisse Oep54*24 (f. 18v)
De ma bouche et de mon cou
<[no title] [may be incomplete]>

In vain fair sorceress thy eyes speak charms Oep52*25 (f. 20r)
And judge thee witch in thy own flames to burn
<To a wanton woman [f. 20v not filmed]>

Upon Serena’s panting breast Oep52*26 (f. 22r)
Nor all their joys to come
<[no title] [f. 22v endorsed `song’]>

Take not a woman’s anger ill Oep52*27 (f. 24r)
Try but the next and you cannot miss
<[no title] [f. 24v endorsed `song’] [Robert Gould’s Song XIX, `Help at Hand’, published in Works (1709)>

<f. 24v contains a sketch of the Brownlow family tree, crossed out>

In June when insects flushed with sun Oep52*28 (f. 26v)
With which mankind make such ado
<The fly and the snufftaker – a fable>

What though my love has got no pelf Oep52*29 (f. 26r)
Good store I mean of silver and gold
<A new song to the coal-black joke>

Miss Danae when fair and young Oep52*30 (ff. 28r-v, 30r)
And clap the padlock on her mind
<The English padlock [f. 30v not filmed]>

Since to contain [our] joy that ill-bred rude Oep52*31 (ff. 32r-v, 34r)
When we meet next be sure you all deny
<Instructions — to his mistress how to behave her at supper before her husband [f. 34v not filmed]>

<Folios 36-37, 39-40 form a separate>

Once how I doted on this jilting town Oep52*32 (ff. 36r-37v, 39r-v)
But all the mighty pother ends in punk
<The town life [f. 40r blank; f. 40v endorsed `The Town Life’]>

<Folios 42 and 43 form a separate, though ff. 42v and 43r-v are blank>

Vous écoutez sans peine Oep52*33 (f. 42r)
?Joutrer de nous
<[no title] [f. 42v blank]>

Old Wainscot is i’th’ right with a hey with a hey Oep52*34 (f. 44r-v, 46r)
For a daughter of the godly with a hey trony nony nony no
<Some nonsense. To the tune of The magpies [f. 46v endorsed `Nonsence’]>

To charming Sue with all submission Oep52*35 (f. 48r-v, 50r-v)
For which I’ll humbly kiss your hand sir
<Dear brother: 26 Jan: 1693>

<Folios 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 form a separate>

As Colon drove his sheep along Oep52*36 (f. 52r-v, 54r-v, 56r-v, 58r)
Blither girls than any there
<A satyr>

Hold fast thy sword and sceptre Charles Oep52*37 (f. 58r-v)
And raising civil wars
<[no title]>

No longer blame those on the banks of Nile Oep52*38 (ff. 58v, 60r)
[no last line]
<Ridle Ridlerum [incomplete, lacking last 2 lines] [f. 60v not filmed]>

[What a devil ails the parliament] Oep52*39 (f. 62r-v, 64r-v)
[no last line]
<[The text on folio 62 is totally covered by ?ink, as is the bottom quarter of folio 64. A few words can be read through the stain, though not the first line]>

Zounds what meant the parliament Oep52*40 (f. 65v-r)
Your dear friend Tom of Danby
<[no title] [inaccurate transcription of previous in a modern hand]>

<Folios 67-68, 70-71 form a separate>

Since now my Sylvia is as kind as fair Oep52*41 (ff. 67r-68v, 70r)
This child of hers which most deserves her care
<The enjoyment [end: Ld Roch.]>

Were I who to my cost already am Oep52*42 (ff. 70r-71r)
[no last line]
<Satyr against mankind [incomplete; ends at l. 95 `Where actions cease thoughts are impertinent’] [end: Ld Roch:]>

To weave a web threads lie not all one way Oep52*43 (f. 71v)
Then God cuts off as fittest now for heaven
<Isai[a]h 38 cap: verse 12 My life is cut off as by a weaver>

Vouchsafe good God that at thy mercy gate Oep52*44 (f. 71v)
O let me never hear I know thee not
<Mathe[w] 25 Lord open to us I say unto you I know you not>

[. . .] whom all the stars do love who can Oep52*45 (f. 71v)
The careful planets ruined us here below
<[no title] [an unidentified extract]>

<Folio 73 is the front cover and folio 77 the back cover of a new separate in a professional hand comprising also folios 74 and 76>

Before you’re at your tedious page’s end Oep52*46 (ff. 74r-v, 76r-v>
But is I fear an atheist in his heart
<The court diversion [f. 77 endorsed `The Court Diversion. 1685′]>

In the fields of Lincoln’s Inn Oep52*47 (f. 79r)
Both the shepherds soundly tired
<[no title]>

When Portsmouth did from England fly Oep52*48 (f. 79v)
You should have lamed him too
<[no title]>

The cocks may crow in the day Oep52*49 (f. 81r)
So many buttered buns
<[no title] [f. 81v not filmed]>

<From this point on the MSS are mostly scraps and fragments>

She’s lost O why then should I grieve Oep52*50 (f. 82r)
And languish out your last your last adieu
<[no title]>

Old Rowley pricked his sheriffs in council Oep52*51 (f. 83r)
All sheriffs’ pricks are made to stand
<[no title] [a scrap containing four lines, revised to begin `King William…’] [verso endorsed `Mr Leneve [trimmed]/ye herald’s [trimmed]/ present [trimmed]]>

Jenny gin you can love Oep52*52 (f. 82v)
All the love you pretend is only to my undoing
<[no title] [D’Urfey, `A Dialogue’ from The Three Dukes of Dunstable, also music by Purcell]>

‘Twas when the sun began to shine Oep52*53 (f. 85r-v)
I shall not die a maid
<[no title]>

A swain long tortured with disdain Oep52*54 (f. 85r (rev)-v (rev))
And make no tyrants by their fear
<[no title] [poem begins upside down on the recto and continues upside down on the verso]>

My Chloe be not cruel Oep52*55 (f. 85v (rev))
Likewise a silent grave
<[no title] [not in Crum]>

Rex and Grex make both one sound Oep52*56 (f. 86r)
And Grex would laugh that now doth mourn
<[no title] [end: These were made in the time when Lambert led the army against Sir George Booth Boothe] [a scrap; the verso is blank]>

Dulcius quam sit putat esse mollis Oep52*57 (f. 88r)
Æquius ardet
<Ode. Virgo et vidua [endorsed `Virgo et vidua valesius’; the verso also contains the line `pleasant sweeter far’ and in another hand the word `Lance’]>

Dulcius quam sit putat esse mollis Oep52*58 (f. 89r)
Æquius ardet
<[no title, but endorsed `Virgo et vidua’] [end: Hadriani. valesij opera inter poemata pag 46:47] [different hand from previous]>

Where youth and beauty both agree Oep52*59 (f. 91r)
Though maid wa’n’t sent of errand sleeveless
<On the Lady Coleraine [fragment of note at bottom `shall se[trimmed]/I hope’] [endorsed `Lady Colraine’ and addressed `To Mrs Prudence Leneve at Great Wychingham by Norwich bag Norsfolk’]>

Yes I could love could I but find Oep52*60 (f. 92r)
I have got a mistress to my mind
<[no title] [endorsed `song’]>

By Villeroy’s fate learn ladies to be wise Oep52*61 (f. 94r)
But forty past tool’s weak and cannot enter
<[no title] {fate learn ladies] mishap learn uncorr} [f. 94v not filmed]>

Brilliant are her eyes Oep52*62 (f. 95r)
I’d soften every part
<[no title] [a four-line ditty] [f. 95v not filmed]>

A gentle lady sitting in a muse Oep52*63 (f. 96r)
Then lock it if you please you keep the keys
<[no title] [end: From a MS written 1612] [f. 96v not filmed, though bottom of recto has `Turn over’]>

The longitude’s missed on Oep52*64 (f. 97r)
Bepissed on beshit on
<A short ode upon the longitude [f. 97v not filmed]>

A wife or a whore none can love more Oep52*65 (f. 97r)
The other has no ease / But to deceive me
<[no title]>

Love is lost nor can his mother Oep52*66 (ff. 98r-v, 101r)
That though it shine ’tis fire and will consume
<Love’s hue and cry [end: Amor fugitivus] [f. 101v endorsed `Loves Hue and Cry’]>

How comes it that our gentry of late Oep52*67 (f. 99r-v)
Are consumed in pimps punks and players
<[no title]>

<A booklet of poems, aphorisms on folios 102–114. Folio 102 is the front (blank) cover). The end contains blank pages>

…knot Oep52*68 (f. 103r)

<…folded… [2 lines, very blurry]>

… Oep52*69 (f. 103r)
His age a circumflex his death a grave
<[a 2-word title] [very blurry]>

… betters place Oep52*70 (f. 103r-v)
For baldness worthy is a great renown
<An elegy on bald… [very blurry]>

In my conceit Sir John you were to blame Oep52*71 (f. 103v)
To make a quiet good-wife a mad-dame
<On a farmer knighted [2 lines]>

He killed her not say some he only stayed Oep52*72 (f. 103v)
Her from all marrying ah that kills a maid
<On Jephtha’s daughter [2 lines]>

Qui ca pit/ret uxo rem/re pæ nam/na ca pit/ret at que/que do lorem/lore Oep52*73 (f. 103v)
<De uxore [a single line, to be read two ways]>

Man love thy wife thy husband wife obey Oep52*74 (f. 103v)
Wives are our heart we should be heads alway
<Married folk [2 lines]>

The first of all our sex came from the side of man Oep52*75 (f. 103v)
I thither am returned from whence I came
<A new married bride [2 lines]>

Ill thrives that hapless family that shows Oep52*76 (f. 103v)
Obeying husbands or commanding wives
<Of men and women>

When man and woman dies as poets sung Oep52*77 (f. 103v)
His heart’s the last that stirs of hers the tongue
<Of man and woman [2 lines]>

To these whom Death again did wed Oep52*78 (ff. 103v-104r)
Whose day shall never sleep in night
<An epitaph on a husband and wife>

A woman is a book and often found Oep52*79 (f. 104r)
Above all things to study in the night
<On woman>

Woman’s the centre and the lines be men Oep52*80 (f. 104r)
But Love gives leave to only one to enter

Women think wo-men far more constant be Oep52*81 (f. 104r)
Women are const[ant] and most true in change

Howsoe’er they be thus do they seem to me Oep52*82 (f. 104r)
They be and seem not seem what least they be
<Another [2 lines]>

Dowries of old men gave dowries men do Oep52*83 (f. 104r)
What David saith the help of man is vain

Ye that have beauty and withall no pity Oep52*84 (f. 104r)
Are like a prick-song lesson without ditty
<To the same [2 lines]>

She seems not won yet won she is at length Oep52*85 (f. 104r)
In Love’s war women use but half their strength
<On a coy woman [2 lines]>

A woman’s love is like a Syrian flower Oep52*86 (f. 104r)
That buds and spreads and withers in an hour
<On woman’s love [2 lines]>

To weep oft still to flatter sometime spin Oep52*87 (f. 104v)
Are properties women excel men in
<Women’s policy [2 lines]>

We men in many faults abound Oep52*88 (f. 104v)
Is naught in words and naught in deeds
<On women’s faults>

The crab of the wood Oep52*89 (f. 104v)
That will not her husband obey
<A crab is restorative>

Rosa is fair but not a proper woman Oep52*90 (f. 104v)
Can any woman proper be that’s common
<On a whore [2 lines]>

Here lies one dead under this marble stone Oep52*91 (f. 104v)
Who when she lived lay under more than one
<Her epitaph [2 lines]>

Nanta was nominated for a w[hore] Oep52*92 (f. 104v)
Being thus declined in what a case was she
<On the six cases>

A wife although most wise and chaste Oep52*93 (f. 104v)
Are women small and tender
<Three genders>

Men say y’are fair and fair ye are ’tis true Oep52*94 (f. 104v)
But hark we praise the painter now not you
<On a painted madam [2 lines]>

Whosoever saith thou sell’st all doth jest Oep52*95 (f. 104v)
Thou buy’st thy beauty that sells all the rest
<To a painted whore [2 lines]>

Thy wrinkles are no more nor less Oep52*96 (f. 104v)
Than beauty turned to sourness
<To a stale lady [2 lines]>

What Bess she ne’er was half so vainly clad Oep52*97 (f. 105r-v)
Wash off your stinking spots with bitter tears
<On the naked Bedlams with spotted beasts we saw in Covent Garden>

O you sweet rural beauties who were never Oep52*98 (f. 105v)
Will prove at last but fools and beggars’ prizes
<To the country ladies>

Why should you grieve for wanting of an eye Oep52*99 (f. 105v)
She watcheth well who one chaste eye can keep
<On a lady with but one eye>

Give me a kiss I’ll make that odd one even Oep52*100 (f. 106r)
You will for pity give me some again
<A loving bargain>

Give me a kiss from those sweet lips of thine Oep52*101 (f. 106r)
Pierce with your eyes my heart or pluck it out
<An incomparable kiss>

My love and I for kisses played Oep52*102 (f. 106v)
Take you your kisses and give me mine again
<On his mistress>

Kisses and favours are sweet things Oep52*103 (f. 106v)
But those have thorns and these have stings
<Sharp sauce [2 lines]>

Beauty’s no other but a lovely grace Oep52*104 (f. 106v)
Of lively colours flowing from the face
<On beauty [2 lines]>

Love hath two divers wings as lovers say Oep52*105 (f. 106v)
Therefore the last love only use for me
<On love>

Love as ’tis said doth work with such strange tools Oep52*106 (f. 106v)
Love with his toys and tools I shall despise
<On the same>

Cupid hath by his sly and subtle art Oep52*107 (f. 106v)
With women’s hearts and then they’ll ne’er fly true
<On Cupid>

Cupid no wonder was not clothed of old Oep52*108 (f. 106v)
For love though naked seldom e’er is cold
<Another [2 lines]>

Why feign they Cupid robbed of his sight Oep52*109 (f. 106v)
Can he whose seat is in the eye want light
<On the same [2 lines]>

Experience show and reason doth decree Oep52*110 (f. 106v)
That he who sits in’s own light cannot see
<An answer [2 lines]>

Love is a boy and subject to the rod Oep52*111 (f. 106v)
But a mad brain’s imaginary toy

Is it birth puffs up thy mind Oep52*112 (f. 107r)
To draw fair fools to this foul ill
<To a proud lady>

I prithee turn that face away Oep52*113 (f. 107r)
Wish thee less fair or else more kind
<To a fair but unkind mistress>

A constant heart within a woman’s breast Oep52*114 (f. 107r)
Is Ophir-gold within an ivory chest
<To his mistress [2 lines]>

Of such a treasure then thou art possessed Oep52*114.1 (f. 107r)
For thou hast such a heart in such a chest
<Her answer [2 lines]>

That was the proverb let my mistress be Oep52*115 (f. 107r)
Lazy to others but belong to me
<Long and lazy [2 lines]>

Excellent mistress brighter than the moon Oep52*116 (f. 107r)
As I’m an honest man I love thee dearly
<Clownish courtship>

Gaze not on swans in whose fair breast Oep52*117 (f. 107v)
Sunk in their sockets and decayed
<On his mistress. A love-song by Dr Love>

When first I saw thee thou didst sweetly play Oep52*118 (f. 107v)
A sweet-faced creature with a double heart
<To his mistress>

Good folk for love or hire Oep52*119 (ff. 107v-108r)
Or send it home to me
<A heart lost>

Fairest Clarinda she whom truth calls fair Oep52*120 (f. 108r)
First picked the lock and then she stole my heart
<On Clarinda, begging a lock of her lover’s hair>

You’ll ask perhaps wherefore I stay Oep52*121 (f. 108r)
To wander far from you the centre
<Excuse for absence>

Dear love do not your beauty wrong Oep52*122 (f. 108r)
And flies away from aged things
<Love’s prime>

Fair Arabella to whose eyes Oep52*123 (f. 108v)
That you would me your martyr call
<Sir Hamon L’Estrange to his mistress>

I will confess / With cheerfulness Oep52*124 (f. 108v)
Thee and thine altars empty
<An hymn to love>

<folios 110–114 of the booklet are blank>

The widows wish for at their leisure Oep52*125 (f. 116r)
I less can blame than those of pleasure past
<[no title] [endorsed `virgo et vidua’]>

Luna rubet pallit crescit noctu ambulat errat Oep52*126 (f. 117r)
Quolibet hæc autem mense sed illa die
<Luna est fæmina [cf. #17 above]>

Women and Cynthia are alike in paleness Oep52*126.1 (f. 117r)
Woman each day her mind
<[no title; translation of previous] [endorsed `Verses’ and `Luna rubet’; the verso also contains a list of bills]>

[no first line] Oep52*127 (f. 119r-v, 121r-v)
Is kept obedient by a kind gallant
<[no title, beginning lost] [f. 121r blank, verso endorsed `Verses out of Juvenal. Done in English by Dryden’]>

It’s of a London maiden Oep52*128 (f. 123r)
To gain my maidenhead
<[no title]>

Blame not ye sages of the bar Oep52*129 (f. 123r)
The law is all mine arse
<[no title]>

Retreat sad heart breed not thy further pain Oep52*130 (f. 123r)
Admire but fonder thoughts seek to refrain
<The same to himself [2 lines cut out of a commonplace book, perhaps that of folio 103 ff. above] [f. 123v not filmed]>

Ay had you been there to have seen it Oep52*131 (f. 125r)
Who should have come home at night
<Like mother like daughter>

You merchants and you usurers Oep52*132 (f. 125v)
When the stormy winds do blow
<A sea song>

[lost work] Oep52*133 (f. 125v)
<Post-script to a sailor’s love letter [title and `no other’ ending first line only preserved, rest of page cut off]>