Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. d 53 (Oep53)

Bookseller’s description: `A large collection of poems, written between the years 1670 and 1700, contemporary manuscript, 350 pages, 4to, boards (Phillipps MS. 10984)’. A very miscellaneous personal collection, entered in an untidy hand (hands?) but with some elaborate headings and flourishes from time to time. Note works in common with Yo11.

<lacks covers>

Sir William in arcta custodia lies Oep53*1 (p. 1)
And having spit his venom out he died
<An epitaph on Sir W[illia]m Jones [watermark visible on blank verso]>

Here neighbour here’s to thee let the nation swim or sink Oep53*2 (p. 1)
For the Redlettered Tory and Roundheaded Whig
<A catch, to the tune Now the tyrant hath stoln etc>

Franciscus Glisonius Oep53*3 (p. 3)
Vivito posteri
<An inscription engraved. Presented by Sir Charles Scarburge to Keys [Caius] Coll[ege] in Camb[ridge]>

At bello audacis populi vexatus et armis Oep53*4 (p. 4)
Sed cadet ante diem mediaque inhumatus arena
<The late King Charles the 1st pricking (as is usual) a pin in Virgil happened on the ensuing lines. Æne[i]d: lib. 4>

By a bold people’s stubborn arms oppressed Oep53*4.1 (p. 4)
And on an open stage unburied lie
<Thus Englished p[er] Mr C[owley] >

I’ve given my painter instructions to draw Oep53*5 (pp. 5-6)
I’m a captain of foot and a justice of peace
<A lampoon on the gentry in Kent. Anno 1691>

The promise you made me remember dear son Oep53*6 (p. 6)
Your wits and your beauties are fittest for hell
<A dialogue between the Devil and Sir Nath: Powell. An Enterlude. [Speech prefix for first line: `Devill wth an Houre Glasse’. SD at end of verse: `Exit Devill wth Sr Nath: Chewing Tobacco’]>

My lords and gentlemen / I am so very sensible of the great and extraordinary care Oep53*7 (pp. 7-8)
that may give comfort and satisfaction to such dutiful and loyal subjects
<His Ma[jes]ties gracious speech to both Houses of Parliam[en]t, on Saturday 9ber 9th 1678 [prose speech]>

In the name of the most gracious God the lord over all lords Oep53*8 (pp. 9-10)
all hostilities between us shall cease. / Ismale son of the beloved Keriff descended from God
<A copy of the letter which the King of Morocco sent by his Embassador to his Ma[jes]ty of Great Britain. Anno 1681 [prose letter]>

Whilst William Van Nassau with Bentinck Bardashaw Oep53*9 (p. 10)
Upon the new shifting of pasture
<A short and bitt[er] Jacobite satyr on K[ing] W[illia]m and Q[ueen] Mary>

The eleventh of April is come about’s Oep53*10 (pp. 11-12)
Our gracious good king again
<A diabolical Jacobite satyric song on the coronation of K[ing] W[illiam]>

Alas for poor Saint James’s park Oep53*11 (p. 13)
And Arundell see clear
<A court satyr. 1682 [p. 14 blank]>

Dearly beloved friends / We are assembled and met together Oep53*12 (pp. 15-18)
for the merits of your dear treason and association etc
<A satyric mock-sermon to express the lamentation of the Whigs on the death of Lord Shaftesbury [prose text] [closes with a mock-prayer and SD: `But hold the Philistines are upon them. Lord be merciful to their souls for I must shift for my self. / Enter Informer and exit Teacher p[er] trapdoor’]>

Here lies a judge will lie no more Oep53*13 (p. 19)
All this is Lord Chief Justice Scroggs
<A poem on Lord Chief Justice Scroggs. 1679>

Alexis dear Alexis lovely boy Oep53*14 (p. 20)
For what my sighs and tears can ne’er retrieve
<Mr Flatman on the death of his son>

Where are the muses are there none to tell Oep53*15 (pp. 21-2)
In praises of a just and lawful king
<On the death and execution of Mr John Ashton>

The freeborn English generous and wise Oep53*16 (pp. 23-4)
To have enslaved but made this isle their friend
<A satyr>

You members of parliament all Oep53*17 (pp. 24-5)
But Lansdowne delivered a king
<Mr Lord / I cannot forbear blaming you that never made a good jest in your life, for spoiling so good a one, as had happened last Sunday, the enclosed will better speak the meaning of this from / your unknown etc>

Take the herbs of hypocrisy of each one handful Oep53*18 (pp. 25-6)
in fanatical meeting houses throughout the kingdom at an easy rate
<A famous fanatic diascordium [prose text]>

Where is there faith or justice to be found Oep53*19 (pp. 27-8)
To cut off the hand that did anoint you king
<A poem writ when the b[isho]ps were in Tower. To the king>

Canonical black-coats like birds of a feather Oep53*20 (p. 29)
Than that their old liturgy should not serve turn
<A satyric song on the convocation, 1689. To the tune of Packington’s pound>

Stand firm to your vices and have a great care Oep53*21 (pp. 30-1)
Could confess all the sins of Sheppard and Sedley
<A song. To the tune of Packington’s pound>

A papist died as ’twas Jehovah’s will Oep53*22 (p. 31)
If you come in you’ll eat the devil here
<A satyr on a papist [p. 32 blank]>

If injured monarchs may their cause explore Oep53*23 (pp. 32-5)
Which heaven approved of by the people’s voice
<A conference betwixt Jacobus and Gulielmus Rex at the river Boyne the day before the battle>

Let us consort with tempests with earthquakes agree Oep53*24 (p. 35)
And fudle and fudle and fudle like men
<A Bacchanalian poem>

Whether the ‘graver did by this intend Oep53*25 (pp. 36-7)
But charmed with William’s name all sneaked away
<On the late metamorphosis of an old picture O=C into A new picture of W= by doing out O’s head and putting Ws in the place. The other part of the hieroglyphic relating to O remaining as before [p. 38 blank]>

Though the bearer of this will do me the justice as to assure you Oep53*26 (p. 39)
inchangeable affection / Subscribed for Mr Redding / yours etc / God grant the happiest New Year
<The copy of some papers taken with the Lord Preston. A paper marked A. [begins series of political letters found on Lord Preston] [prose text]>

As it is impossible for me to express that extraordinary great satisfaction Oep53*27 (pp. 39-40)
we get ground of his adversaries / New Years Eve / Subscribed for Mr Redding
<A paper marked B [prose text]>

I must not let this bearer depart Madam Oep53*28 (p. 40)
I will always make good what I promised you / Subscribed from Mr Charelton
<Bp: P. A paper marked C [prose text]>

The bearer can give you so full an account of all things Oep53*29 (pp. 40-1)
follow his directions whilst I live / God keep you and yours etc / Subscribed for Mr Jackson
<Paper marked D. C. December 31th (90) [prose text]>

The interruption of the former correspondence Oep53*30 (pp. 41-2)
with the best wishes I close up this and am
<Paper marked J. December 32st (90)[sic] [prose text]>

Sir / I vow to you I do not repine at having lost all Oep53*31 (pp. 42-3)
My daughter is very tall and very pretty as I am told etc
<Paper marked J. December 29th (90) [prose text]>

That the king will return with a design of making an entire conquest Oep53*32 (pp. 43-4)
there will not want others that will be glad of opportunity to ingratiate themselves
<A paper marked L [prose text]>

France must either oblige or conquer us Oep53*33 (pp. 44-6)
consent of both Tories and Whigs upon this occasion that are in way of closing in his interest
<Paper marked M [prose text]>

[miscellaneous notes] Oep53*34 (pp. 46-8)
<Papers marked N under my Lord Preston’s hand [prose notes, many on naval matters]>

That the material substance of the articles salaries rents Oep53*35 (p. 49)
till the necessary usefulness may be seen further / Yours
<To the Honorable Postmasters General. The humble proposal of D: C. [prose text]>

All you that have Protestant ears to hear Oep53*36 (p. 50)
[no last line]
<A ballad made on the regiment called the Royal Regiment of the Citizens of London. Made by Jos: Haynes [2 stanzas only, then the poem begins again on following page with a new title and new first line]>

If a cunt were a man of war Oep53*37 (p. 50)
The Devil the Pope or the French
<Another debauch fancy p[er] Jos: Haynes on the sea press [poem entered sideways at bottom of page]>

I’ll sing i’ th’ praise if you’ll lend but an ear Oep53*36.2 (pp. 51-3)
Then broke all their swords and cried Vive le roy
<In the royal regiment>

A thin ill-natured ghost that haunts the king Oep53*38 (pp. 53-6)
Should e’er be thus condemned to counselling
<The 9 worthies>

Sir / In your preface before Bishop Wilkins’s sermons Oep53*39 (pp. 57-8)
What religion is to be understood by the Protestant religion
<Some select queries. Humbly offered to the consideration of the D— of C—T—b–y [add (later hand): Dr Sharp] [end: Printed for H: Jones. 1691] [prose text]>

Unless by death you never knowledge gain Oep53*40 (pp. 59-66)
And none when fear is past will supplicate
<The rational sceptist by a person of honour>

Was this the justice Sir you came to do Oep53*41 (pp. 66-7)
These are the plagues which from rebellion springs
<On the king>

But vengeance comes and you’ll soon find too late Oep53*41.1 (pp. 67-8)
O’er the dead body of thy mangled sire
<On the queen [treated as second half of previous in Crum, but not present in other sources]>

Since oaths are solemn serious things Oep53*42 (pp. 68-73)
I can’t well suffer in a better cause
<The new oath examined and found guilty>

If as logicians do believe Oep53*43 (p. 74)
Untie the knot they tied before
<A rationale on swearing etc>

Welcome ye noble souls from the base seat Oep53*44 (p. 75)
With oaths that do the truth itself defy
<On the non-jurors at Soffam in Norfolk. 1690 [end: Exurgat Deus, et discipentur inimici / Regis Jacobi.]>

In times when princes cancelled Nature’s law Oep53*45 (pp. 76-9)
Resolved to institute a weekly ball
<Tarquin and Tullia [pp. 80-2 blank]>

Amongst all the hard names that denote reproach Oep53*46 (pp. 83-6)
A Scotchman’s greatest plague God send him home
<Dr Bur[ne]t’s character in Jacobite satyr>

Tired with the noisome folly of the age Oep53*47 (pp. 86-93)
Unruling Charles ruled by unthinking thee
<The E[arl] of Rochester’s last farewell to the court 1680>

Come White prepare to ‘grave that man once more Oep53*48 (pp. 93-4)
Who’s been of e’ry side but true to none
<Advice to Mr White who engraved the 7 b[isho]ps [in two `Tables’]>

Sure there’s a dearth of wit in this dull town Oep53*49 (pp. 95-6)
When you should draw the sword you draw the guinea
<Prologue. Spoken by Mr Betterton [pp. 97-100 blank]>

As lately I was reading the common news letter Oep53*50 (pp. 101-4)
And the English be masters once more of the sea
<The Weekely Lampoone, or satirical reflections on the last week’s public news letters and Observator [end: London: Printed & sold by Randall Taylor neare Stationers Hall. 1690] [This, `The weekly lampoon’, and following parody early newspapers, pp. 101-63. Each `Comical remarks’ contains a number of sections (`From Whitehall’, `From Essex’, `From Cadiz’ etc) and has numerous marginal notes]>

The pious French king is become Savoy’s friend Oep53*50.1 (pp. 104-7)
To his country himself his religion and king
<Comical remarks, on the public reports [end: NB Good News to men of sence, &c. London. 1690]>

The Germans’ late losses have made ’em design Oep53*50.2 (pp. 107-11)
If the Amsterdam widows should put in their plea
<Momus ridens. Or Comical remarks on the public reports>

The arms of the vizier do so well prevail Oep53*50.3 (pp. 111-14)
And join with the Devil as now with the Turk
<Momus ridens or Comical remarks on the public reports. Numb. 3. [end: Anno. 1690.]>

From famous Saint Peter’s we are lately advised Oep53*50.4 (pp. 114-17)
Cried zounds ’tis an earthquake come let us drink on
<Momus ridens, or, Comical remarks on the public report. Num. 4>

The emperor though all his spies are at work Oep53*50.5 (pp. 117-20)
Let every beau make what remark on’t he can
<Momus ridens: or Comical remarks on the public reports. Numb. 5>

The Germans have scarce any bounds for their joy Oep53*50.6 (pp. 120-3)
And tear the green fruit though it ruins the trees
<Momus ridens: or, Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Num. 6 [end: 1690]>

Prince Louis of Baden the valiant De Croy Oep53*50.7 (pp. 123-6)
Though they poison abroad ’twill be ne’er allowed here
<Momus ridens. Or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Numb. 7 [end: London. 1690.]>

For the king’s royal voyage and new expedition Oep53*50.8 (pp. 126-9)
Blazes a while goes out and is no more
<Momus ridens; or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports>

The popelings that visit this chapel all sing Oep53*50.9 (pp. 129-31)
And the son of the church takes his oath of allegiance
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Numb. 9.>

The French by their burning the towns as they go Oep53*50.10 (pp. 131-4)
Possession’s eleven strong points of the law
<Momus ridens or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports>

In spite of the French and their bold privateering Oep53*50.11 (pp. 134-6)
Then rumour’s a rogue and the news letter lies
<Momus ridens, or, Comical remarks on the weekly reports. Nu[m]b. 11>

The haughty grand seignior perceiving what harms Oep53*50.12 (pp. 137-9)
But there’s nought but a maypole can trouble a crack
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Number 12.>

The genius of England by providence taught Oep53*50.13 (pp. 139-42)
O’er those have religion as those that have none
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks on the weekly reports. Numb. 13th>

The fame of Prince Louis does hourly grow great Oep53*50.14 (pp. 143-5)
In answering each motion and taking no fee
<Momus ridens, or, Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Jan. 27. 1690>

A peer of Great Britain as fame does report Oep53*50.15 (pp. 146-8)
She thinks to herself Sir I will if I can
<Momus ridens, or, Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Feb. 4th 1691>

The glory of Christendom high to advance Oep53*50.16 (pp. 148-51)
And show all his crew their endeavours are vain
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Feb 11th 1690. Numb. 16th>

The Pope with the rest of his pious abbetters Oep53*50.17 (pp. 151-4)
And coveting goods had been counted no sin
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Feb 18th 1691. Numb. 17>

The reverend Antichrist now is no more Oep53*50.18 (pp. 154-7)
Though there’s not seven one devil’s in them all
<Momus ridens, or Comical remarks, on the weekly reports. Feb 25th 1691>

The infidels daring the power of the cross Oep53*50.19 (pp. 157-60)
And safe in the circle can keep out the Devil
<Momus ridens or Comical remarks on the weekly reports. March 11th 1691. Numb. 19>

To prove their ill cause and the fruits of brass pay Oep53*50.20 (pp. 160-3)
I’ll hang for’t if Monsieur permits him to try
<Momus ridens or Comical remarks on the weekly reports. March 18th 1691>

I sing the war happened ‘twixt Templars and Fryers Oep53*51 (pp. 164-8)
There’s an end of a Canterbury Tale
<The Canterbury Tale. An heroic poem in burlesque. Describing the famous battle betwixt Prince Francis knight of the most famous Order of the Gold Chain and the high and lousy states of the Whitefryers. Anno. 1691>

Whilst thou hadst all my heart and I had thine Oep53*52 (pp. 168-9)
Freely would live would die with rem in re
<Ode / Donec gratus eram tibi… &c. Hor.] [end: These were lost in St Dunstan’s coffe[e] house, and directed to Coll: Godfrey at Tunbridge Wells]>

In ancient times their heads were crowned with bays Oep53*53 (pp. 169-70)
A braver bridegroom and a fairer bride
<An epithalium upon the happy nuptials of the noble, and valiant gentleman Walter Littleton esquire and the most virtuous, and well accomplished lady the Lady Anna-Maria, daughter of the right honourable Anne, Countess dowager of Banbury [end: Your humble servant and real honouror of your vertues. John Howes chaplain to the right honourable Ann Countess dowager of Banbury and rector of Abingdon near Northampton]>

Dear mother / Just now having an opportunity of sending safe Oep53*54 (pp. 171-3)
between five and six thousand men which are many more than we have lost
<Lambeck July 28th 1692 [prose letter]>

Sir / I will say no more to you of the battle at Enghien Oep53*55 (pp. 173-5)
if anything worth writing happens you shall hear further from Sir your most humble servant Ja: S.
<Another letter from the same hand [end: Lembeck August 8th St. N. 1692] [prose letter]>

<no index>