Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Sancroft 53 (Os53)

An erudite personal miscellany including neo-Latin satirical epigrams and English state and miscellaneous verse.

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As in those nations where they yet adore Os53*1 (p. 1)
<To Celia. Poems upon several occasions. 1672. Qui colit ille facit [`p. 43.a’]>

Although no art the fire of love can tame Os53*2 (p. 1)
<Distich on love. Sed potes igne pari [`p. 32.b’]>

Though I can never reach her excellence Os53*3 (pp. 1-2)
<The humble chaste fair one [`p. 37.b’] [extract. check]>

[All things submit themselves to your command] Os53*4 (p. 2)
<The feminine monarchy [`p. 62.b.’] [extract beginning `You are Love’s citadels; by you he reigns’ — line from the printed edition]>

Cloris I cannot say your eyes Os53*5 (p. 3)
<Tota pulchra. or Je ne sçay quoy [`p. 12.b’]>

Madam with so much wonder we are strook Os53*6 (pp. 3-4)
<On the Duchess of Newcastle [`p. 58.a’]>

Many have been the vain attempts of wit Os53*7 (pp. 5-6
<Epilogue to Tartuffe, spoken by himself [`p. 61.a’]>

Entreaty shall not serve nor violence Os53*8 (pp. 6-7)
<Epilogue to Every man in his humour [`p. 29.a’]>

We must resign heaven his great soul doth claim Os53*9 (pp. 7-8)
<Upon the late storm, and death of his highness ensuing the same [`Mr Waller’] [not in 1672? there is a printed source 1659] [TC title: `Upon the storm before Oliver’s death’]>

This dog can bark bite fawn rather than fail Os53*10 (p. 8)
<Gondoman / Roman Dog } Anagram [`Mr W. Breton of Eman. Coll’]>

And now ’tis time for their officious haste Os53*11 (pp. 9-14, facing p. 1)
<Heroic stanzas; consecrated to the glorious memory of his most serene, and renowned highness, Oliver, late Lord Protector of this Commonwealth: Written after the celebration of his funeral [`by John Dryden’] [stanza 10 was omitted and later added facing p. 1] [printed text 1659]>

‘Tis true great name thou art secure Os53*12 (pp. 14-26)
<To the happy memory of the most renowned prince, Oliver, Lord Protector etc. A pindaric ode [`by Thomas Sprat of Oxon.’] [printed text 1659]>

By this large margent did the poet mean Os53*13 (pp. 26-7)
<Upon Aglaura printed in folio [`Richard Brome’]>

Like a dog with a bottle made fast to his tail Os53*14 (p. 27)
<[no title] [`Thomas Flatman’]>

The dregs of Lethe O thou dull Os53*15 (pp. 28-9)
<A curse against ale; by one drunk with it the night before [`T. Bonham’]>

Some years of late in eighty-eight Os53*16 (pp. 29-30)
<An old song on the Spanish Armada in 88>

Are these the strings that poets feign Os53*17 (pp. 30-1)
<On his lutestrings cat-bitten [`Anonym.’]>

L’Amour est à la taverne Os53*18 (pp. 31-2)
<Chanson à boire>

When the chill sirocco blows Os53*19 (p. 32)
<Then give me ale>

After so many sad mishaps Os53*20 (pp. 33-4)
<On Sir W. Davenant’s Gondibert [`Sir John Denham’] [subheading `On Gondibert’]>

Hum to your witty worships all or rather Os53*21 (pp. 35-8)
<Batracho-myo-machia. Or a public commencement at Cambridge July 1-2/ 1650 [`Matthew Scrivener’]>

Mercury showed Apollo Bartas’ book Os53*22 (pp. 38-9)
<On the tenth muse. (Anne Bradstreat’s poems. 1650) [`N[at]. Ward’]>

He in a vial the sun’s atoms takes Os53*23 (p. 39)
<Femina nulla bona est [`Gerardo. the unf. Span. p. 140′] [i.e. Gerardo de Cespades, the unfortunate Spaniard (from Crum)]>

Sic Katharina gerat Carolus sic gignat ut illa Os53*24 (p. 39)
<In the Domiduca Oxoniensis on the K’s marriage, Dr Smith of X’s Ch. had this distich>

Let Kate so thrive and Charles so swive Os53*24.1 (p. 39)
<Which an unmannerly fellow thus Englished [`Fleetwood Shepherd’]>

Una dies Lorenos Burgundos hebdomas una Os53*25 (p. 39)
<On the French king’s conquests>

Lorraine he stole by fraud he got Burgundy Os53*26 (p. 39)
<Turned thus by the Earl of Rochester>

Clarendon had wit and sense Os53*27 (p. 40)
<The three chits in story>

[If I could write with a poetic fire] Os53*28 (pp. 40-1)
<On the songs of Signor Pietro Reggio [`Thomas Shadwell’]> [first ?2 lines missing (marked with dots) and incomplete at end as indicated by `&c &c’. First line from Crum]>

Sad fate our valiant Captain Bedloe Os53*29 (pp. 41-3)
<Funeral tears upon the death of Captain William Bedloe>

She that was ever fair and never proud Os53*30 (p. 43)
<Women’s unknown virtues [`W. Sh. 795′] [Crum: reference to the 1664 Folio, Othello, ii.i]>

Hark hark the lark at heaven-gate sings Os53*31 (p. 43)
<The morning. Reveille-matin [`Id. 855′]>

Let those soft poets who have steeped their brains Os53*32 (p. 44)
<On Mr Russel’s battles of Leipsich and Lutzen [`Jo. Saltmarsh’] [TC ends here]>

How richly is thy work rewarded see Os53*33 (p. 44)
<To the same author [`St. Jones. C.S.J’] [i.e. Stephen Jones of St. John’s College Cambridge. Couplet to John Russell (Crum)]>

<group of epitaphs begins: #34 – #41>

Grim Death perceiving he had far outran Os53*34 (p. 44)
<Epitaphs. On an ingenious youth>

He first deceased she a little tried Os53*35 (p. 44)
<A lady died soon after her husband>

No epitaphs need make the just man famed Os53*36 (p. 44)
<On Mr Thomas Allen>

God works wonders now and then Os53*37 (p. 44)
<On a lawyer>

Into this world as stranger to an inn Os53*38 (p. 45)
<On a child>

As careful nurses on their beds do lay Os53*39 (p. 45)

In this marble casket lies Os53*40 (p. 45)

Under this marble buried lies Os53*41 (p. 45)
<On a beautiful virgin>

If Spite be pleased when as her object’s dead Os53*42 (p. 46)
<On Sir Walter Rawleigh>

He that can read a sigh and spell a tear Os53*43 (p. 46)
<On a learned nobleman>

A chine of beef God bless us all Os53*44 (pp. 46-7)
<[no title]>

That petty trifle Caesar of the west Os53*45 (p. 47)
<[no title]>

England men say of late is bankrupt grown Os53*46 (p. 47)
<Sir Jo. Harrington on K. James his coming in [also #59]>

Not to commend or censure thee or thine Os53*47 (p. 48)
<On the merry beggars [`A.B.’]>

[I see you are] good Monsieur Car about to fall Os53*48 (p. 48)
<On the Earl of Somerset [MS has: `J.C.V.R. good Monsr…’] [also #64] [Crum I443]>

He bears ?p[er]ty-p[er]-pale indented God’s glory etc Os53*49 (p. 49)
<The coat of arms of Sir John presbyter [`printed’] [prose text]>

Beaumont and Fletcher that exalted pair Os53*50 (p. 50)
<[no title]>

<p. 50: The worst is told the best is hid>
<Archie in disgrace. His wife thus petitioned the king [two lines only, followed by `&c &c’ and the whole lot crossed through; see #54 below]>

Amongst black crimes and foremost of the train Os53*51 (p. 51)
<Ambition. A vision. 1685 [EX: `Besotted into such credulitie. &c &c’]>

Thou honeysuckle of the hawthorn hedge Os53*52 (p. 51)
<A country courtship>

At his first appearing in Charterhouse an olive-coloured velvet suit Os53*53 (p. 52)
<Description of a Scot at first sight [`’Tis Dr Donns: printed with his essays’] [prose text]>

The worst is told the best is hid Os53*54 (p. 52)
<Mistress Hoskins petition for her husband>

You follow whores your mistress taxeth you Os53*55 (p. 52)
<[no title] [couplet]>

Down came grave ancient Sargeant Crook Os53*56 (pp. 53-6)
<The parliament-fart. 1607. By Sargeant Hoskins>

Reader I was born and cried Os53*56.1 (p. 56)
<The fart’s epitaph>

Es de vidrio la muger Os53*57 (p. 57)
<The woman the weaker vessel [`Leo: Digges’]>

To enrich the city by deading of trade Os53*58 (p. 57)
<Of the new orders [ends with `&c’]>

England men say of late is bankrupt grown Os53*59 (p. 57)
<[no title] [`Sir Jo: Harrington’] [also #46]>

<a group of 4 paradoxes, each expressed in a rhyming couplet, follows, without separate headings>

Thy father gave from thee by his last will Os53*60 (p. 58)
<[no title]>

So deeply N. hath vowed ne’er more to come Os53*61 (p. 58)
<[no title]>

Thy sins and hairs no man can equal call Os53*62 (p. 58)
<[no title]>

I am unable yonder beggar cries Os53*63 (p. 58)
<[no title]>

[I see you are] good Monsieur Carr about to fall Os53*64 (p. 58)
<[no title] [MS has: `J.C.U.R…’ and all four lines crossed through] [repeat entry of #48]>

At all religions present and all past Os53*65 (p. 58)
<On John Dryden>

A maiden fair I will not wed Os53*66 (p. 58)
<Choice of a wife>

Fair and wanton black and proud Os53*67 (p. 58)
<The English proverb, as I remember, is─ >

If Heaven rejoice when men leave off to sin Os53*68 (p. 59)
<[no title] [rejoice uncorr; be pleas’d corr]>

Hors omnium si detur optio mihi Os53*69 (p. 59)
<Dom. Baudius thus concludes his Iambics In tres juris perversores. Epist. p. 33>

If for the asking my wish I might have Os53*69.1 (p. 59)
<[no title; translation of previous]>

But why extoll’st Jerusalem’s lewd sagan Os53*70 (p. 59)
<Satyr against Dryden’s Achitophel. p. 14 [4-line extract? not found in Crum]>

As I walked by myself / I talked to myself Os53*71 (p. 59)
<W.P.O. [ie. William Prince of Orange]>

Quilibet si sit contentus Os53*72 (pp. 60-3)
<Convivium philosophicum tentum in clauso term. Mich. in crast. festis. Ægidii in campis: autore Doctore Rodolpho Colfabio Æneo-nasensi [`Sure, these doggerel macaronics upon Tom Coryat are made by Sargeant Hoskins, that wrote the Parliament-Fart.’]>

Reader I’ll be sworn upon a book Os53*73 (pp. 63-4)
<Epitaph upon the Lord Brook>

Apollo concerned to see the transgressions Os53*74 (pp. 64-6)
<A session of the poets [incomplete – marked at end with asterisks]>

These are to give notice to all gentlemen and others Os53*75 (pp. 66-7)
<A bill pasted on the wall of Christ Church Oxon. 1689 [`With the leave of the Reverend, the Vicechancellor, and the Heads of Houses, who subscribed the Association’] [prose text]>

Impia decreto quod dogmata corrigis acri Os53*76 (p. 67)
<[no title]>

Auriacum regem batavis sub duximus Angli Os53*77 (p. 67)
<Mercator ?var impar [4 lines and title largely illegible due to bleed-through]>

These two years prince went forth to fight Os53*78 (p. 68)
<1691. 1692>

Qui croit à sa femme et à son curé Os53*79 (p. 68)
<[no title]>

Whoever believes his parson and his wife Os53*79.1 (p. 68)
<[no title] [translation of previous]>

Qui a horloge à entretenir Os53*80 (p. 68)
<[no title]>

Who has a clock or a watch to tend Os53*80.1 (p. 68)
<[no title] [translation of previous]>

[Nothing thou elder brother even to shade] Os53*81 (p. 68)
<E.R. Upon Nothing, after much A[t]heism, ends thus [last six lines, beginning `French truth…’]>

If Rome can pardon sins as Romists hold Os53*82 (p. 69)
<On Rome’s pardons [`E. of Rochester’]>

<The next three texts appear with the subscription `These 3. out of Philpot’s Remains. pp. 533. & 547′ (Crum: publ. 1637)>

At Delphos shrine one did a doubt propound Os53*83 (p. 69)
<Upon Mr Edmund Spencer>

When Vere sought death armed both with sword and shield Os53*84 (p. 69)
<Upon Sir Francis Vere>

A fitter match could never have been Os53*85 (p. 69)
<On a butcher, that married a tanner’s daughter>

So many heads so many wits fie fie Os53*86 (p. 70)
<Quot capita, tot sententia [`Id. ?? p. 552′]>

<p. 71 (pasted in): `Hic jacet Ecclesia Anglicana / semi mortua, semi sepulta … 1691′>

<pp. 72-307 are blank. The next section is upside down, and difficult to read because of bleed-through. CHECK ALL LATIN!! Working from back:>

Miror de perlatis Gallicis cujus sunt ordinis Os53*87 (p. 312 rev.)
<A libel sent from Rome, affixt on several churches in Paris. 1682>

Ut canerent data multa olim sunt Valib. æra Os53*88 (p. 312 rev.)
<Pasquillus ad Paulum III>

Vendit Alexander claves altaria Christum Os53*89 (p. 312 rev.)
<In Alexandr[?um] VI>

Oremus pro papâ Paulo Os53*90 (p. 312 rev.)
<In Paulum … pont.>

Fortior ad veneris fiat quo prælia clerus Os53*91 (p. 312 rev.)
<Cælibatus cleri>

Fæmina Petre tua est quondam ausa sedere cathedrâ Os53*92 (p. 311 rev.)
<De ritu creandoque pontificum [`Jan. parmonij’]>

Pontificus Pauli testes ne Roma requiras Os53*93 (p. 311 rev.)
<In Paulum p. 11 [`Jan. Pannon’]>

Nemo comes quoniam Francisco cælicus adsit Os53*94 (p. 311 rev.)
<De B. Francisco [`H. Cort’] [cf. #121]>

Octo Noceus pueros genuit ?tobidemque puellas Os53*95 (p. 311 rev.)
<De Innocentio VIII [`Marull’]>

Hoc tumulo dormit Lucretia nomine sedre Os53*96 (p. 311 rev.)
<In Lucretia[?m] Alexandri VI [`Jov. pontan’]>

Ergo te semper cupiet Lucretia sextus Os53*97 (p. 311 rev.)
<In tandem [`Acc. Sann’]>

[Greek couplet] Os53*98 (p. 311 rev.)
<In Monachos [ascription in Greek]>

Si Monachi cur tanta cohors cur tot simul est id Os53*99 (p. 311 rev.)
<[no title; translation of Greek?] [`Bergis’]>

Quæque suos fructus regio mortalibus adfert Os53*100 (p. 310 rev.)
<In Romam [E Græo (Greek) Xr. D.’]>

Nomen Alexandri ne te fortaque moretur Os53*101 (p. 310 rev.)
<Epitaph. Alexandri VI>

Genua cui patrem genetricem Græcia partum Os53*102 (p. 310 rev.)
<In Julium p. 11 [`C. Gr.’]>

Obtulerat Juli quæ sors tibi nupera Claves Os53*103 (p. 310 rev.)
<In eundem>

Jupiter Europam vera est si fabula tauri Os53*104 (p. 310 rev.)
<Europa à Monarchis subacta [`E.R.’]>

Christiolim in terris bene qui servaret ovile Os53*105 (p. 310 rev.)
<Roma simoniaca [`Theod. Gresm.’]>

Roma vale vidi satis est vidis[sit?]e revertar Os53*106 (p. 310 rev.)
<Pasquilli valedictio>

Martem olim complexa Venus poscebat amantem Os53*107 (p. 309 rev.)
<Romæ petulantia [`Theod. Gresm.’]>

Roma quid est ?pro ?quid te doceat preposterus orde Os53*108 (p. 309 rev.)
<Romæ Elymon. Dialogus inter V: Amore, et Pasquallum [`J.V.’]>

Audio cantans sed si male vivitis ut jam Os53*109 (p. 309 rev.)
<Sacrificulis, et Monachis>

Non homo me melior Romæ est ego nil peto abullo Os53*110 (p. 309 rev.)
<Pasquillus de se>

Se polero di Marforio e di Pasquino Os53*111 (p. 309 rev.)
<Epitafio giacoso [`Loredan’]>

Dom Filippo son io condotto à morte Os53*112 (p. 309 rev.)
<Altro, d’un cortigiano [`Loredan’]>

Louis Jacques et Guillaume Os53*113 (p. 308 rev.)
<Aug. 8. 1689. the Baron of Killing.. [and 2 others] were tried … affixt … libel… the King of France’s statue in the Place of Victory. The third was aquitted; the two others hanged and quartered in the same place>

France totters under these three royal names Os53*113.1 (p. 308 rev.)
<Englished thus [largely illegible; first line from Crum]>

Intrare Nassau qui tibi … Os53*114 (p. 308 rev.)
<Nassavioque Nassa [largely illegible]>

Rex cogito sui cogitet quantum ?volt Os53*115 (p. 308 rev.)
<Le ?Trespetur [largely illegible; second line begins `Contingat illa’]>

Missa puella fuit… Os53*116 (p. 308 rev.)
<Epitaphium Missæ [`O. Mel. T. 2. p. ?60′]>

Forte ?doivi solus cud Naso porta sederat Os53*117 (p. 307 rev.)
<In importunum Jarun? pulsatorem [`O. Mel. Joco. Sat. 2. v. 53′]>

Cur promissa tibi tuus poeta Os53*118 (p. 307 rev.)
<Ad Galleottum princ. Farentinum [`Ang. posit. t. 2. v. 308′]>

Urit in affectu Venus anxia serdet in actu Os53*119 (p. 307 rev.)
<In coitus illicitos [`O. Mel. Jom. p. 56′]>

Nutrix Roma fuit genetrix Florentiæ flevit Os53*120 (p. 307 rev.)
<In Clementem VII [ascription illegible `… p. 219′]>

Nemo comes quoniam Francisco cælicus adsit Os53*121 (p. 307 rev.)
<De B. Francisco Jocus [`… p. 220′]>

[illegible] Os53*122 (p. 307 rev.)
<De … >

[commonplace entries] Os53*123 (pp. 313-14)
<[numbered prose items 989-997]>

<pp. 315-363 are blank>

[Oxford Feasts] Os53*124 (pp. 372-364 rev.)
<[prose list of 105 numbered items]>