Yale University Library, Osborn Collection, MS b 105 (Yo05)

[Adapted from Beal, IELM:] 4o, 406 pages but with substantial excisions as detailed below. Pp. 1-391 are in a single professional hand: the same hand responsible for Pt1; pp. 392-406 in a second hand. The MS was apparently once owned or commissioned by one `Hansen’, whose name appears on the title page; i.e. very probably the diplomat Friedrich Adolphus Hansen, who visited England in September 1680 in the entourage of Charles, electoral Prince Palatine (see Harold Love, `Scribal texts and literary communities: the Rochester circle and Osborn b 105′, SB 42 (1989), 219–35, esp. 232–3.) It was later owned, in 1951, by A.S.W. Rosenbach.

The MS dates from c. 1680 and has been identified by Vieth as collateral with the scribal anthology used as copy for the first edition of Poems on Several Occasions By the Right Honourable, the E. of R— (`Antwerp’ [i.e. London], 1680): see Attribution in Restoration Poetry, pp. 56-100, and `The Text of Rochester and the Editions of 1680′, PBSA 50 (1956), 243-63. Because of this, reconstruction of the contents on the excised pages is possible: there is no contemporary Table of Contents.

A typescript containing first lines, titles, page numbers and excisions precedes the MS on the reel. Legibility is severely hampered by bleed-through on pp. 1-104. The original is much sharper.

`Song & Verses — / Upon severall occasions.’ [at bottom of page in another hand:] `Hansen’

Dear friend / I hear this town does so abound Yo05*1 (pp. 1-7)
<An epistolary essay very delightful and solid from the Lord R[ochester] to the Lord M[ulgrave] upon their mutual poems>

Were I who to my cost already am Yo05*2 (pp. 8-2)
<A satyr against man. By the E[arl] of R[ochester]>

Were I to choose what sort of shape I’d wear Yo05*3 (pp. 22-33)
<The answer [not in 80po]>

Much wine had passed with grave discourse Yo05*4 (pp. 34-[44])
<A ramble in Saint James’s Park. By the E[arl] of R[ochester] [title and first 13 lines only preserved]>

<pp. 35-44, containing the rest of the poem, excised>

Chloe by your command in verse I write Yo05*5 (pp. 45-61)
<A letter fancied from Artemisa in the town to Cloe in the country. By the E[arl] of R[ochester]>

Naked she lay clasped in my longing arms Yo05*6 (pp. 62-[66])
<The imperfect enjoyment. By the E[arl] of R[ochester] [title and first 12 lines only preserved]>

<pp. 63-66, containing the rest of the poem, excised>

O Love how cold and slow to take my part Yo05*7 (pp. 67-71)
<To Love. By the E[arl] of R[ochester]. O! Nunquam pro me satis indignate Cupido>

As some brave admiral in former war Yo05*8 (pp. 71-5)
<Upon his lying in and could not drink. By the E[arl] of R[ochester]>

Say Heav’n-born muse for only thou canst tell Yo05*9 (pp. 76-[86])
<The argument. / How Tallboy, Killprick, Suckprick did contend / For bridegroom Dildo, friend did fight with friend. / But man of God, by layman called Parson, / Contriv’d by turns how each might rub her arse on. [title, introduction and first 8 lines only preserved]>

<pp. 77-86, containing the rest of the poem, excised>

[Well sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes] Yo05*10 (pp. [86]-94)
<[title [An allusion to Horace] and first 4 lines on excised p. 86. Begins at l. 5 `But that his plays, embroidered up and down’]>

When Shakespeare Jonson Fletcher ruled the stage Yo05*11 (pp. 95-102)
<In defence of satyr>

To wrack and torture thy unmeaning brain Yo05*12 (pp. 102-4)
<On the supposed author of a late poem in defence of satyr>

Rail on poor feeble scribbler speak of me Yo05*13 (p. 105)
<The answer>

After death nothing is and nothing death Yo05*14 (pp. 106-7)
<Senecas Troas. Act 2d Chor:>

Nothing thou elder brother ev’n to shade Yo05*15 (pp. 108-12)
<Upon Nothing>

‘Tis not that I’m weary grown Yo05*16 (pp. 113-14)
<Upon his leaving his mistress>

<pp. 115-132 excised. Based on contents of 80po, these lost works can be assumed:>

[In the fields of Lincoln’s Inn] [Yo05*17] (pp. 114-?[117]>
<Song [present as catchword]>

[Vulcan contrive me such a cup] [Yo05*18] (pp. ?[117]-?[119])
<[Upon his drinking a bowl]>

[As Cloris full of harmless thoughts] [Yo05*19] (pp. ?[119]-?[121]>

[Quoth the Duchess of Cleveland to Mistress Knight] [Yo05*20] (pp. ?[121]-?[122])

[I rise at eleven I dine about two] [Yo05*21] (pp. ?[122]-?[123])

[Love a woman you’re an ass] [Yo05*22] (pp. ?[124]-?[125]

<Although `Fair Cloris’ follows `Love a woman’ in 80po, there must have been additional poems in Yo05 (most likely songs) on lost pp. 126-132>

Fair Cloris in a pigsty lay Yo05*23 (pp. 133-5)
<Song to Cloris>

Give me leave to rail at you Yo05*24 (pp. 136-7)

Nothing adds to your fond fire Yo05*25 (pp. 137-8)
<The answer>

Phillis be gentler I advise Yo05*26 (pp. 139-40)

What cruel pains Corinna takes Yo05*27 (pp. 140-1)

Love bad me hope and I obeyed Yo05*28 (pp. 142-3)
<Woman’s honour>

To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms Yo05*29 (pp. 144-5)

How happy Cloris were they free Yo05*30 (pp. 146-7)

All my past life is mine no more Yo05*31 (pp. 148-9)
<Love and life. A song>

How blessed was the created state Yo05*32 (pp. 149-50)
<The fall. A song>

While on those lovely looks I gaze Yo05*33 (pp. 151-2)

Against the charms our bollocks have Yo05*34 (pp. 152-[154])
<Song [title first 4 lines only preserved]>

<pp. 153-158 excised. Based on contents of 80po, Vieth suggests the following lost works:>

[By all love’s soft yet mighty powers] [Yo05*35] (pp. ?[154]-?[155])
<[Song] [Forms part of a linked group with #32, #33, #34 also in He36]>

[Room room for a blade of the town] [Yo05*36] (pp. ?[156]-?[157]>

<There is room for an additional Song on lost pp. 158-9>

I cannot change as others do Yo05*37 (pp. 159-60)
<Song. By Sir Carr Scr[oope]>

I swive as well as others do Yo05*38 (pp. 160-[161])
<The mock song to I cannot change etc [title and first 4 lines only preserved]>

<pp. 161-184 excised. From 80po we can presume that they contained the following works:>

[For standing tarses we kind Nature thank] [Yo05*39] (pp. [162]-?[164])
<[Actus primus scena prima. Enter Tarsander and Swiveanthe. The scene a bedchamber]>

[Dreaming last night on Mistress Farley] [Yo05*40] (pp. ?[165]-?[169])
<[The first letter from B[uckhurst] to Mr E[therege]>

[As crafty harlots use to shrink] [Yo05*41] (pp. ?[170]-?[173])
<[Mr E[therege]’s answer]>

[If I can guess the devil choke me] [Yo05*42] (pp. ?[174]-?[179]>
<[The second letter from B[uckhurst] to Mr E[therege]>

So soft and amorously you write Yo05*43 (pp. ?[180]-185)
<[Mr E[therege]’s answer] [title and all but last 6 lines excised. Preserved from `In whom there dwell diviner charms’]>

Come on ye critics find one fault who dare Yo05*44 (pp. 186-8)
<On Mr Edw[ard] Howard upon his British Princesse. By the Lord B[uckhurst]>

Thou damned antipodes to common sense Yo05*45 (pp. 189-91)
<On Mr Edw[ard] Howard upon his New Utopia. By Mr Hen[ry] Savill>

As when a bully draws his sword Yo05*46 (pp. 192-3)
<On the same author upon his British Princesse. By Major Aston>

Since now my Sylvia is as kind as fair Yo05*47 (pp. 194-?[202])
<On the enjoyment of his mistress. By the Lord Mulgrave [title and first 12 lines only preserved] [not in 80po]>

<pp. 195-212 excised>

One day the amorous Lysander Yo05*48 (pp. ?[202]-213)
<[title and all but last 10 lines excised. Preserved from `The nymph’s resentments none but I’]>

Whilst happy I triumphant stood Yo05*49 (pp. 214-20)
<On a giniper tree now cut down to make busks. By Mrs Behn>

What doleful cries are these that fright my sense Yo05*50 (pp. 221-6)
<On the death of that most excellent painter, Mr Greenhill. By Mrs Behn>

What Timon does old age begin t’ approach Yo05*51 (pp. 227-38)
<Satyr. By Sir Char[les] Sidley>

Since the sons of the muses grow num’rous and loud Yo05*52 (pp. 238-44)
<A session of the poets. Suppos’d to be written by Elk[anah] Settle>

Under this stone doth lie Yo05*53 (pp. 245-9)
<An epitaph. The 2-line epitaph is set out as a sub-title] [not in 80po]>

Have you seen the raging stormy main Yo05*54 (pp. 249-50)
<To all curious critics and admirers of metre>

At five this morn when Phoebus raised his head Yo05*55 (pp. 251-63)
<Tunbridge Wells. A satyr [not in 80po]>

Now curses on ye all ye virtuous fools Yo05*56 (pp. 264-83)
<Satyr. By Mr Oldham. / Aude aliquid brevibus gyaris aut carcere dignum / Sivis esse aliquis – Indem Sat. / Supposed to be spoken by a court hector. Pindarique. [marg: Written July 77]>

My part is done and you’ll I hope excuse Yo05*57 (pp. 284-8)
<An apology to the foregoing satyr by way of epilogue – By the same author [Oldham]>

No she shall ne’er escape if gods there be Yo05*58 (pp. 289-99)
<Upon a certain woman who by her falsehood and scorn was the death of my friend. By the same author [Oldham] [not in 80po]>

Tell me abandoned miscreant prithee tell Yo05*59 (pp. 299-302)
<Upon the author of the play called Sodom. By the same author [Oldham]. [marg: Jan the 20th 1677/8]>

Rat too rat too rat too rat tat too rat tat too Yo05*60 (pp. 303-13)
<A call to the guard by a drum>

All human things are subject to decay Yo05*61 (pp. 314-27)
<Mac Flecknoe. A satyr. By Mr Dryden [not in 80po]>

A sad mischance I sing alas Yo05*62 (pp. 328-39)
<Upon a late fallen poet. Supposed to be written by Mr Shadwell [not in 80po]>

How far are they deceived who hope in vain Yo05*63 (pp. 340-3)
<Ephelia to Bajazet>

Madam / If you’re deceived it is not by my cheat Yo05*64 (pp. 344-7)
<A very heroical epistle in answer to Ephelia>

Crushed by that just contempt his follies bring Yo05*65 (pp. 348-9)
<On Poet Ninny>

Bursting with pride the loathed impostume swells Yo05*66 (pp. 350-2)
<My Lord All-Pride>

Thou common shore of this poetic town Yo05*67 (pp. 352-9)
<A familiar epistle to Mr Julian secretary of the muses [not in 80po]>

Whilst duns were knocking at my door Yo05*68 (pp. 359-69)
<Captain Radcliff’s ramble [80po follows with `If Rome can pardon’ as last entry of MS]>

I sing the praise of a worthy wight Yo05*69 (pp. 369-76)
<A new ballad to an old tune. Called Sage Leaf [not in 80po]>

From a proud sensual atheistical life Yo05*70 (pp. 377-82)
<The D[uke] of B[uckingham’s] litany [not in 80po]>

As Colon drove his sheep along Yo05*71 (pp. 382-91)
<Satyr [not in 80po]>

The parsons all keep whores Yo05*72 (pp. 392-4)
<A new ballad. To the tune of Chivey Chace [second hand begins] [not in 80po]>

Fucksters you that will be happy Yo05*73 (pp. 394-5)
<Advice to a C—t monger [not in 80po]>

When to the king I bid good morrow Yo05*74 (p. 396)
<Dialogue [not in 80po]>

O that I could by some chemic art Yo05*75 (p. 397)
<Votum [not in 80po]>

One whore is dead Yo05*76 (p. 397)
<A song [not in 80po]>

Young Jemmy was a lad Yo05*77 (pp. 398-9)
<Upon the Duke of M[onmou]th supposed to be written by my Lady B. Felton [not in 80po]>

After the sweetest pangs of hot desire Yo05*78 (p. 400)
<Song: suposed to be written by my Lord M[ulgra]ve [not in 80po]>

Close by a stream whose flowery bank might give Yo05*79 (pp. 401-6)
<The parting between Sireno and Diana [not in 80po]>