Yale University Library, MS Osborn b 327 (Yo27)

A collection of satirical verse of ca. 1680 with some slightly earlier items. Octavo 172 x 107 mm. Contemporary binding. Armorial bookplate inside front board: `The Rt Honble. John Ld. Brownloe, Baron Charleville & Viscount Tyrconnel in the Kingdom of Ireland’. On the recto of flyleaf a second bookplate: `Belton House’; verso blank. On the next leaf `A collection of verses’ followed by index (recto and verso). Foliation begins on the next leaf. <Note relationship with LIa4 : both the number of works in common and the variants in first lines. Both were owned by Brownloe>

Hold fast thy sword and sceptre Charles Yo27*1 (f. 1r)
And raising civil war
<[no title] [fol. 1v is blank]>

What the devil ails our parliament Yo27*2 (f. 2r-v)
Of Thomas Earl of Danby
<A ballat on Thomas Earl of Danby>

A butcher’s son judge capital Yo27*3 (f. 3r-v)
And so like a knave let us leave him
<Verses on L[or]d C[hief] J[ustice] [S] Croggs An: 1679 [`feb: ye 21. an: 1679′]>

You good men of Middlesex countrymen dear Yo27*4 (f. 4r-v)
With thy own Bro Puds [sic] and burglaring fellows
<Peyton’s Fate to the [tune] of Youth youth [a second, neater (and familiar!) hand takes over from l. 7] [`November ye 13th. 1679′]>

How dull and how insensible a beast Yo27*5 (ff. 5r-9r)
Learn to write well or not to write at all
<An Essay upon satyr 3 [original numbering]>

Nothing thou older brother even to shade Yo27*6 (ff. 9v-10r)
Flow swiftly into thee and in thee ever end
<4 Upon Nothing [`Rotchester’]>

I sing the funeral of an earl’s grandmother Yo27*7 (ff. 10v-11r)
While the power is in French brandy
<5 An elegy [spelt `Ellogy’ (pun on Ellen/Nell)] upon old Madam Gwinn [NB every 4th line ends with `brandy’ – same method as Bucks’ `What the devil…’]>

As Colon drove his sheep along Yo27*8 (ff. 11v-13r)
Blither girls than any there
<6 A satyr on women about town [spelt `Colen]>

Must I with patience ever silent sit Yo27*9 (ff. 13v-14r)
Or who’d be safe and senseless as Tom Thynne
<7 Semper ego auditor tantum numquamne reponam>

Here is a house to be let for steward has swore Yo27*10 (f. 14r)
A long time kept it shut up but paid for it at last
<Set over the parliament house 8>

Three Meere squirrels a tyke and a whore Yo27*11 (f. 14r)
Rules all England under a boar
<[no title] [or could be `boor’?]>

Shame of my life disturber of my tomb Yo27*12 (f. 14v)
Like you his angry father [?kicked] him down
<9 The ghost of honest Tom Ross to his pupil James Duke of Monmouth>

Disgraced undone forlorn made Fortune’s sport Yo27*13 (f. 15r)
Next after you by God I will be king
<10 A letter from the Du[ke] of Monmouth to the K[in]g>

Ungrateful boy I will not call thee son Yo27*14 (ff. 15v-16r)
God’s blood I’ll send you to the rout below
<11 The k[in]g’s answer to the Du[ke] of M[onmou]ths letter>

Of all the wonders since the world began Yo27*15 (ff. 16v-19r)
When all fools write to think no more of rhyme
<12 Barbara piramidum sileat miracula Memphis [`The answer to Essay on Satyr’]>

Among the race of England’s modern peers Yo27*16 (ff. 19v-20v)
With such a subject and a brother blessed
<13 A satyr on the coffee house club>

Among the writing race of modern wit Yo27*17 (f. 21r-v)
By gentle poet and by small commander
<Ironical 14>

Close hugged in Portsmouth’s smock thy senses are Yo27*18 (f. 22r)
Rules his dull whore and calls her Mazarine
<An acrostic on Charles Stuart Rex>

Though royal sir your every act doth show Yo27*19 (f. 22v)
None of our flatterers love us half so well
<15 Upon the last prorogation>

Pox on the rhyming fops that plague the town Yo27*20 (f. 23r-v)
And calls the best of kings a senseless log
<The visit 16>

I’ve heard the muses were still soft and kind Yo27*21 (f. 24r-v)
Blast great Apollo with perpetual shame
<Advice to Apollo 17>

Worthy Sir / Though weaned from all those scandalous delights Yo27*22 (f. 25r)
Could brook the man her sister had betrayed
<A letter 18>

In a famous street near Whetstone’s Park Yo27*23 (f. 25v)
He had ne’er been so gracious with that pretty lass
<19 A ballad. To the tune of Old man [in] a bed full of bones [first hand resumes] [fol. 26r-v blank]>

Close by a stream whose flowery bank might give Yo27*24 (ff. 27r-28v)
And arms my tortured soul to bear my pains
<The prating [sic, for `parting’] between Sireno and Diana 20 [second hand resumes]>

We read in sacred and profane records Yo27*25 (ff. 29r-31r)
There’s ten times more treason in brandy and ale
<A dialogue between the 2 statues 21>

‘Tis said when George did dragon slay Yo27*26 (ff. 31v-32r)
We’ll throw up caps and loud will hollo
<22 A Westminster wedding or the town mouth>

The Spaniards gravely teach in their politic schools Yo27*27 (ff. 32v-33r)
If princes swive loyal subjects of their own
<23 The whore of Babylon>

The grave House of Commons by hook or by crook Yo27*28 (ff. 33v-34r)
How he headed the bishops that threw out the bill
<24 A ballad [`poor’ for `grave’ in MS] [blank leaves to end]>

< On verso of final leaf `God save the King [several words del.] Good/ Ramsey / Jm/ God save the K’ >