Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawl. C 556 (Or56)

Bookplate of Richard Rawlinson. `Miscellanea Orationes Academicæ Latinæ et Poemata idiomata Anglicana’. MS in a single, confident, clear hand.

Post tot quotidiè ferè in suum et poetarum Or56*1 (ff. 1r-3v)
Nasonis famæ participes futuri et authores vestræ
<In Ovidium [prose text]>

Post tot hostium strages totque unius manu undique prostrata Or56*2 (ff. 4r-6r)
quod mox inter heroas sis numerandus
<Vir fortis, amissis in acie armis, de sepulchro viri fortis arma sustulit, fortitèr pugnavit et reposuit, præmio accepto accusatur sepulchri violati. injuste [prose text]>

Satis iam studiis insudavimus et inter Musei parietes Or56*3 (f. 6v)
benignitatis quàm iniquæ temporis injuriæ debitum
<Doctori Lockey [prose text]>

Cùm tot nuper eversas Deorum ædes templaque suis sepulta Or56*4 (ff. 7r-8v)
nisi in illis templis colatur in quibus in venerit terrestre cælum
<Malè fecit Lycurgus, qui in Deorum templis vilia instituit in remedium sacrilegij [prose text]>

Post tot injurias à vilissimâ plebe majestati regiae illatas Or56*5 (ff. 9r-10v)
cùm plane regium sit post amissum diadema adisse vitam
<Rex submersæ coronæ recuperatori promittit præmium, nauta urinatur, recuperans capiti imponit, decollatur. injustè [prose text]>

Si inter eos senum causa dicenda foret quibus parentum senectus ideò Or56*6 (ff. 11r-12v)
quos mox sentietis eodem fato ad umbras secuturos
<Legem tulerunt Cæi ut quotannis omnes septuagenarij ad solennes epulas vocati cicutam propinarent. contra Legem. [prose text]>

En vobis judices novam infantum natales celebrandi pompam Or56*7 (ff. 13r-14v)
Judices cumque inter arma tuti esse nequeant fugiunt ad togatos
<Malè fecerunt Hunni qui liberorum genus in cunis sauciârunt, ut vulneribus assuefacti patriam fortitudinem imitarentur [prose text]>

Si quid mea apud pertinacem parentem vota si quid meis junctæ Or56*8 (ff. 15r-16v)
author et exemplum majus desipiens quam scribens est miraculum
<Sophocles octogenarius tragœdias scribens à filio accusatur dementiæ. contra Sophoclem [prose text]>

Nondum è Rep. nostrâ extrudimus astrologiam uti olim è suâ Plato Or56*9 (ff. 17r-18v)
artes scientiæque ijs sempèr ornamento esse quibus excoluntur
<An astrologiæ fides sit habenda? Aff. [prose text]>

Cùm quod rogamus et à quo vir Reverendissime cogitemus Or56*10 (f. 19r)
et si toga non poterit tu efficies viros
<Decano [prose text]>

Ignoscas quæsimus vir Reverendissime petulanti nostræ ambitioni Or56*11 (f. 19v)
nihil quod tàm audaces supplices vincat præter tantum patronum
<Decano [prose text] [f. 20r blank]>

[no first line]
And slew him with the beams by which he was begot Or56*12 (f. 21r)
<[no title; beginning lost] [first line preserved `Thy consort now need not a son to bear’] [foliation recommences here with `1′ [rev] from end of MS]>

Our land being blessed so long with health and ease Or56*13 (ff. 21v-212v)
And Athens is the place that now is only free
<The plague of London>

There once was sown Or56*14 (ff. 213r-216v)
I’ll send you to / Old Homer
<Lanii triumphantes or the butcher’s prize. A description of the famous batle between Achilles a butcher of Greece and Hector a weaver of Troy occasioned by the rape of Helen the bright>

Let all the common rout of books stand by Or56*15 (ff. 217r-220v)
Had need of brazen lungs and forehead too
<Upon the poems of the English Ovid, Anacreon, Pindar and Virgil Abraham Cowley in imitation of his own pindaric odes>

As in those nations where they yet adore Or56*16 (f. 221r)
And beauty’s a disease where ’tis unkind
<To a fair but cruel mistress>

We must resign Heaven his great soul does claim Or56*17 (f. 221v)
Th’approaching fate of her great ruler told
<Upon the late storm, and the death of the Protector ensuing the same. by Mr Waller>

‘Tis well he’s gone O had he never been Or56*18 (f. 222r-v)
Whilst the glad news came leaping to the shore
<The construction of Mr Waller’s poem. by Mr Godolphin of Ch[rist] Ch[urch] Oxon.>

‘Tis he ’tis he indeed it must be so Or56*19 (ff. 223r-224v)
To your fair duchess has resigned her place
<To the king, queen, Duke and Duchess of York in Christ-church hall: Sept: 25 1663. by Mr Thomas Ireland>

As t’other night in bed I thinking lay Or56*20 (ff. 225r-231v)
And make us peevish when we are awake
<The royal game, or a princely new play found out in a dream [begins with a prologue `Whoever looks about and minds things well’. The poem proper has sub-heading `Cabal beware your shins, / For thus my tale begins’]>

You shall swear by the custom of our confession Or56*21 (f. 222r)
Though the sport be ours the bacon’s your own
<Dunmow oath for the bacon [end: It appeareth in an old book on record that Richard Wright of Badesworth in Norfolke in the 23th of Henry the 6th when John Cannon was prior [etc]]>