Yale University Library, Osborn MS fb 334 (`Hartwell MS’) (Yo34)

The important `Hartwell’ MS of verse and prose by Rochester derived from MSS held by his family. Bookplate of The Reverend Sir George Lee, Baronet. Hartwell. On preliminary verso is written: `This manuscript was found at Hartwell. March. 1829. J. Lee.’ plus `bound Mr. Wilson. March. 1829.’ plus (in another hand) `From Sawyer. See his Catalogue leaf.’ Page 1 contains librarian’s slip about Rochester’s portrait inserted on p. 12. Pp. 2-11 are blank. Only rectos are numbered. The title-page follows on p. 13: `Poem’s By The Right Honourable John Earle of Rochester’.

Great is the honour which our emperor Yo34*1 (pp. 15-146)
For my love ravished and my murdered friend
<Lucina’s Rape or the Tragedy of Valentinian>

Coming to town in July and finding the taverns Yo34*2 (pp. 147-52)
Nay I pawn my vicarage it is reasonable moral and orthodox
<To the reader [prose text with 2 interpolated poems, signed `your Freind & Countryman Will: Lovesey Vicr: of Bampt: in Coun[ty] Devon’]>

The freeborn English generous and wise Yo34*2.1 (pp. 148-9)
To have enslaved but made this isle their friend
<[no title]>

Neque enim hic ut in Cæteris Yo34*2.2 (p. 150)
Nec totum libertatem
<Oh fortunati — bona si sua norunt>

Were I who to my cost already am Yo34*3 (pp. 153-62)
Man differs more from man than man from beast

Dear friend / It seems this town does so abound Yo34*4 (pp. 163-7)
Of idle rumour keep at home and write
<An epistolary essay very delightful and solid from M: G: to O: B: upon their mutual poems>

To vex and torture thy unmeaning brain Yo34*5 (pp. 167-9)
For any thing entirely but an ass
<A poet who writ in the praise of satyr>

O Love how cold and slow to take my part Yo34*6 (pp. 169-72)
The vassal world is then thy own
<Ovid: Amor: Lib= 2dus Eleg: 9m: O nunquam pro me satis indignate Cupido. To: Love>

All things submit themselves to your command Yo34*7 (pp. 172-4)
Foregoing sense for a fantastic name
<The advice>

Celia that faithful servant you disown Yo34*8 (pp. 174-5)
Since dying I must be no more your slave
<The discovery>

Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart Yo34*9 (pp. 176-7)
Together both expire
<Dialogue. Nymph Shepherd>

The utmost grace the Greeks could show Yo34*10 (p. 177)
Lulled her asleep and then grew drunk
<[no title]>

Prithee now fond fool give o’er Yo34*11 (pp. 178-82)
Making fools than keeping lovers
<1. Song. Strephon. Daphny [the song numbering seems to have been added later]>

‘Tis not that I am weary grown Yo34*12 (pp. 182-3)
And be the mistress of mankind
<2. To Celia for inconstancy. Song>

Kindness has resistless charms Yo34*13 (p. 183)
And makes the slave grow pleased and vain
<3. Song>

Phillis be gentler I advise Yo34*14 (p. 184)
And never know the joy
<4. Song>

What cruel pains Corinna takes Yo34*15 (p. 185)
Her vassal should undo her
<5. Song>

Love bad me hope and I obeyed Yo34*16 (pp. 186-7)
In women mean mistrustful shame
<6. Woman’s honour. Song>

To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms Yo34*17 (pp. 187-8)
At the thought of those joys I should meet in her arms
<7. Song>

How happy Chloris were they free Yo34*18 (pp. 188-9)
You were not fit for me
<8. Song>

All my past life is mine no more Yo34*19 (pp. 189-90)
‘Tis all that heaven allows
<9. Song. Love and life>

How blest was the created state Yo34*20 (pp. 190-1)
You love me for a frailer part
<10. Song. The fall>

While on these lovely looks I gaze Yo34*21 (pp. 191-2)
The vanquished dies with pleasure
<11. Song>

An age in her embraces passed Yo34*22 (pp. 192-4)
And make us blest at last
<12. Song>

Absent from thee I languish still Yo34*23 (pp. 194-5)
And lose my everlasting rest
<13. Song>

Ancient person for whom I Yo34*24 (pp. 195-6)
Ancient person of my heart
<Song. 14. A young lady to her ancient lover>

Chloe in verse by your command I write Yo34*25 (pp. 196-208)
But you are tired and so am I farewell
<A letter from Artemiza in the town to Cloe in the country [`Finis’]>

Well Sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes Yo34*26 (pp. 209-15)
Approve my sense I count their censure fame
<Satyr, on the modern poets. An allusion to Horace, the 10th satyr of the 1st book. Nempe incomposito dixi pede etc [new childish hand]>

Strephon there sighs not on the plain Yo34*27 (pp. 215-16)
no ll
<Dialogue. Alexis and Strephon [?1st hand resumes] [incomplete, ends at `When love is at an end’, and pp. 217-18 blank]>

Hail sacred Cynthia mutable and chaste Yo34*28 (pp. 219-31)
And in soft dreams preach Honour’s funeral
<A masque representing Lucina’s dream in the third act of the Tragedy of Valentinian. Zephyrus Favonius>

<Pp. 232-329 and a further unpaginated opening are blank>