Yale Osborn MS fb 140 (Yo40) (formerly Chest II, no. 3; formerly Phillips MS 8303)

Tile-page: `A Collection of Poems Sayters and Lampoones’. Poems in the first section date from the interregnum. They are followed by satirical verse of the 1660s and 1670s, including some rare or unique court lampoons. Written in a beautiful, sometimes difficult, professional hand. Many pages have been cut out. <The Table on pp. [ii]-[iii]>

How now my John what is’t the care Yo40*1 (pp. 1-2)
Thou hast lost thy friends amongst them I
<The invitation of Capt: John Minees to Mr John Weekes to return to London [colophon: `Jo: Minees’]>

Here lies Queen Anne Bullen Yo40*2 (p. 3)
Before in his Leman
<Upon Queen Anne Bullen>

Here lies the corpse of William Prinn Yo40*3 (p. 3)
Death traps the remnant of his lugs
<Upon William Prinn>

Who would have thought my ruin was so near Yo40*4 (p. 4)
Lord let not any of the house go free
<Upon William Lentall speaker of the Rump Parliament>

Take of Sir H. James’s affection to the ministry Yo40*5 (p. 4)
And make you stick close to the parliament
<A recipe to preserve you from the infection of these present times [prose text]>

Say Echo who this new religion grounded Yo40*6 (p. 5)
Then God keep our church and state from these same men
<The echo>

If Charles thou wouldst but grow so kind Yo40*7 (pp. 5-8)
We’ll ask no more
<To King Charles the first [TC title: `The parliament to . . .’]>

Here Doctor Lambe the conjurer lies Yo40*8 (p. 8)
Among the goats to see a lamb
<An epitaph on Doctor Lambe>

Come all you whores and bawds that are in this nation Yo40*9 (pp. 8-9)
He’s an ass that says that thou were’t with an whore boys
<Upon the Rumps act of parliament for fornication and adultery>

What’s a protector ’tis a stately thing Yo40*10 (p. 9)
From whom the king of kings protect us all
<The character of a protector>

How we are met in a knot Yo40*11 (p. 10)
For the church nor the farmers’ purses
<The charm>

Here lies murder treason and ambition Yo40*12 (p. 10)
Dost thou not pay for murdering of the king
<An epitaph upon Oliver Cromwell protector>

This is the rhetoric that Fisher Paganus Yo40*13 (pp. 11-14)
Come hither to Oxford to be thus derided
<Upon the most loquent and somniferous declamatory lamentation of the archbishop of Armack’s death. By Pagan Fisher laureate. Acted with great applause at Christ Church anno domini 1658 [TC title: `Dr Spratt upon Pagan Fisher’] [colophon: `Philo: Pagano: Payneo: Fishero: Piscator Cambro: Brittanus’]>

Fain I would if I could by any means obtain Yo40*14 (p. 14)
You’d pluck him from his throne and make that too your own
<King Charles 1st: song>

How like Erasmus’ ghost in Scottish mist Yo40*15 (pp. 15-16)
Death to himself when poison to his king
<On Monk’s approach out of Scotland>

A rump d’ye call’t that is too sweet a word Yo40*16 (pp. 16-17)
But say this knave that rogue one of the rump
<The rump salted [marg. `Parliament’ against last line]>

Retreat base Monck into some loathsome gaol Yo40*17 (pp. 17-18)
Thou mayst be damned but God will own the king
<Upon General Monk’s pulling down the city gates>

When the plate was at pawn and the fobb at an ebb Yo40*18 (pp. 18-19)
And in their own language quack Vive le roy
<King Charles the second’s vow>

Charles Berkly talks aloud Yo40*19 (pp. 19-22)
Coxcombs for th’ whole family
<On the duke’s servants>

Roger told his brother clown Yo40*20 (pp. 22-?)
<Upon the court ladies a lampoon [pp. 23-38 excised; pp. 39-40 missing]>

[lost work] [Yo40*21] (pp. 29- )
<A lampoon [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*22] (pp. 38- )
<Upon the duke’s maids of honour [title from TC]>

[Young gallants o’th’ town leave your whoring I pray] Yo40*23 (pp. 40-2)
Poor girl she had like to have lost her nose
<A lampoon [poem preserved from p. 41 only] [title from TC]>

First draw the sea that portion which between Yo40*24 (pp. 42-52)
His valour conduct and his country’s love
<Instructions to a painter for the drawing of the posture and progress of his majesty’s forces at sea under the command of his highness royal. Together with the battle and victory obtained over the Dutch June 3: 1665. By Edward Waller Esqr>

Great sir disdain not in this piece to stand Yo40*25 (pp. 52-3)
And in Great Britain thought the thunderer born
<To the king [not listed separately in TC]>

Nay painter if thou dar’st design that fight Yo40*26 (pp. 53-63)
In Petty’s double-keeled experiment
<The second advice to a painter for drawing the history of our naval business in the two last years 1665 and 1666. In answer to Mr Waller>

Imperial prince king of the seas and isles Yo40*27 (pp. 63-64)
Advice to draw Madam L’Œdificatresse
<To the king [not listed separately in TC] [twice as long as other versions, which end `Kings are but cards in war…’]>

Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love Yo40*28 (pp. 65-78)
Faith thou hast drawn her in effigy
<The third advice to a painter on our last summer’s success with French and Dutch 1666>

Great prince and so much greater as more wise Yo40*29 (pp. 78-79>
To woods and groves which once she painted sings
<To the king [not listed separately in TC]>

Draw England ruined by what was given before Yo40*30 (pp. 79-84)
Which most the Dutch or parliament they fear
<The fourth advice to a painter for carrying on his piece from London’s conflagration to the burning of our ships at Chattham by the Dutch anno domini 1667 [longer than other versions, which end `Saw his ships burned…’]>

Good people draw near if a ballad you’ll hear Yo40*31 (pp. 84-5)
Level coil with a prince and a player
<A ballad>

The people grumble all Yo40*32 (p. 85)
Or the devil take all
<The libel>

Let Ormond for the knaves provide Yo40*33 (p. 86)
The last I’m sure will prove the best
<The advice>

Mysterious riddles of the state Yo40*34 (p. 86)
High misdemeanours but no treason
<The riddle>

Pride lust ambition and the people’s hate Yo40*35 (p. 87)
This sacrilege ambition lust and pride
<Upon the banishment of the Earl of Clarendon Lord Chancellor [followed by poem of ?4 lines excised from bottom of page? (not included in TC)]>

All in the town of London Yo40*36 (p. 88)
<On the bishop of R: [last three lines lost through excision]>

As cities that to the fierce conquerors yield Yo40*37 (pp. 89-91)
Yet we’d better by far have him than his brother
<On the statue erected by Sir Robert Viner>

[Cleveland was doubtless to blame] Yo40*38 (pp. 91-2)
<On the Duchess of Cleaveland’s departure from court [poem excised from bottom half of p. 91; 3 stanzas preserved p. 92 [title from TC]>

Prorogued on prorogation damned rogues and whores Yo40*39 (pp. 93-5)
Next wish if not that we may all be free
<Upon the prorogation of the parliament twice [`thay’ for `that’ in MS]>

Thy famed and arbitrary farce I saw Yo40*40 (pp. 96-7)
Thou art Drawcansir thou art only Bayes
<To the illustrious author his grace the Duke of Buckingham upon his play called the Rehearsal>

I am well pleased to see my commands done Yo40*41 (pp. 97-9)
To appease Buckingham’s enraged ghost
<A dialogue between the Duke of Buckingham and his father’s ghost appearing with Felton’s knife in his wounded body>

When Aurelia first I courted Yo40*42 (p. 99)
Kindle and maintain the flame
<The K: upon the Dutchess of Cleaveland>

The first was the exercising of the king’s guards Yo40*43 (pp. 100-1)
the whole court was splendid as credit or money could make them
<The Duke of Buckingham’s entertainment at the court of France when the king gave him his sword and belt beset with diamonds [prose text]>

O the sad day Yo40*44 (pp. 101-2)
Persuade the world to trouble me no more
<[no title; not in TC]>

Apollo’s concerned to see the transgressions Yo40*45 (pp. 102-?)
<The session of poets [incomplete; most of pp. 109-10 excised. Inexplicably, the stanza which follows the last on p. 108 is preserved at the bottom of p. 110]>

Quoth the Duchess of Cleveland to fair Mrs Knight Yo40*46 (pp. 109-[10])
<A dialogue between Mall: Knight and the Duchess of Cleave[land] [first 3 lines and title preserved only; pp. 109-10 excised; pp. 111-22 missing]>

[lost work] [Yo40*47] (p. 110)
<Upon Nell Gwin [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*48] (p. 110 -?)
<On Sir John Duncombe [title from TC]>

[When to the king I bid good morrow] [Yo40*49] (p. 111)
<A dialogue between Nell Gwin and Portsmouth and the king [lost work; title from TC]>

[God bless our good and gracious king] [Yo40*50] (p. 111)
<On the king by my Lord Rochester [lost work; title from TC]>

[Much wine had passed with grave discourse] [Yo40*51] (pp. 112-?)
<A sayter on St Jameses Park by Lord Rochester [lost work; title from TC]>

[At five this morn when Phoebus raised his head] Yo40*52 (pp. 118-23)
Did seem to me by much the wiser creature
<A saytr on Tunbridge Wells [p. 123 only preserved, beginning `And on her half dead womb bestow new life’] [title from TC]>

Were I who to my cost already am Yo40*53 (pp. 124-9)
Is only who’s a knave of the first rate
<A satyr against mankind by the Lord R: [short version]>

Monmouth the witty and Lautherdale the pretty Yo40*54 (p. 129)
And the king for a politician
<The contraries>

Cooper designs Sawpitt dares not oppose Yo40*55 (p. 129)
The third’s a great atheist the fourth a great fool
<Upon the Duke of Bucks Lord Shaftesbury Lord Salisbury and Lord Wharton when sent to Tower by the parliament>

Chaste pious prudent Charles the second Yo40*56 (pp. 130-5)
Is wretchedly kinged by storks or logs
<The chronicle of the history of the insipids>

When daring Blood his rents to have regained Yo40*57 (p. 136)
The bishop’s cruelty the crown had gone
<Upon Blood’s stealing the crown>

Blood underneath the holy coat this was Yo40*58 (pp. 136-7)
In the next world we wish you hanged in this
<The answer>

Grave Vaughan’s dead Frank North appears Yo40*59 (p. 137)
Were most egregious secritors
<Upon Sir Francis North being made Lord Chief Justice [TC adds: `of the C. Pleas’]>

To make myself for that employment fit Yo40*60 (p. 138)
None can so well instruct me as the Lord Mohun
<Instructions to a young statesman>

As our Saint Patron with his eagle eye Yo40*61 (p. 139)
Whilst all your worster angels clap their wings
<Verses spoken to the king in St John’s College library in Cambridge>

There is not half so warm a fire Yo40*62 (p. 140)
I pick a cabinet for a Bristol-stone
<The vizard mask>

Cover Le Feau ye Huguenots Yo40*63 (p. 141)
Short time will show you what’s behind
<Thrown into a seat of a church [colophon: `Dat 5o No: anno salutis 1666 | Anno restauraco[n]is Romanæ ecclesiæ | In Anglia primo + | In hoc signo vinces + +’]>

From the top of ane my thraust Yo40*64 (p. 141)
I ame thrawne into the dust
<By Mary Queen of Scotland writ in her window when imprisoned by Queen Eliz: with a diamond [distich]>

Reform dear queen the errors of thy youth Yo40*65 (pp. 142-3)
And dance for joy that you are danced away
<On the queen’s dancing [new hand]>

Painter thy pencil once more reassume Yo40*66 (pp. 143-4)
Leave Temple single to be beat i’th’ city
<Fifth advice to a painter>

Assist me some auspicious muse to tell Yo40*67 (pp. 145-?)
<Upon the beadle [incomplete; pp. 147-60 excised. Original pagination must have been wrong somewhere in here. On a verso (librarian’s f. 144v) the end of a heading `hester’ is visible, but this doesn’t match up with any TC entry]>

[Such a sad tale prepare to hear] [Yo40*68] (pp. 147-?)
<Dildoides [lost work; title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*69] (pp. 153-?)
<A lampoon [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*70] (pp. 154-?)
<Upon the king’s being denied the patent for the customs [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*71] (p. 155)
<Upon displacing the officers at the Custome House [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*72] (pp. 155-?)
<A lampoon [title from TC]>

[I sing the praise of a worthy wight] Yo40*73 (pp. 157-61)
For his father was ruined by the best of his kind
<On the Duke of Buckingham [title from TC; beginning of poem lost]>

From peace with the French and war with the Dutch Yo40*74 (p. 161)
And if e’er it be dissolved will die in a gaol
<These were writ in Lincolns Inn boghouse. 1672>

Denham is dead and Cleveland is fled Yo40*75 (p. 161)
And Portsmouth that’s younger is rotten
<On my Lady Denham>

One whole piece of the Duchess of Cleveland’s honesty Yo40*76 (pp. 162-6)
with considerable abatements allowed for each bidding
<On Thursday the twenty-ninth day of May is to be sold at public sale by inch of candle at the Royall house near Chairing Crosse these following goods in several parcels [prose list]>

Whereas there are two thousand and more common Catholic priests Yo40*76.1 (p. 166)
He or she shall have 500 l. for their pains
<An advertisement [not listed separately in TC] [prose text]>

Betwixt Father Patrick and his highness of late Yo40*77 (pp. 166-7)
He managed this business as he did the sea fight
<A debate betwixt the D. of Y: and Father Patrick>

Too long the wise Commons have been in debate Yo40*78 (p. 167)
Must be damned in the cup like unworthy receivers
<A satyr>

Spread a large canvas painter to contain Yo40*79 (pp. 168-71)
This crowd of traitors hang in effigy
<Sixth advice to a painter to draw the Duke of Y[ork]>

Great Charles who full of mercy wouldst command Yo40*80 (p. 171)
Till the stroke’s struck that they can ne’er retrieve
<To the king [not listed separately in TC]>

Quoth the duke to the countess how like you my — Yo40*81 (p. 171)
Half so well as I like the hole next your arsehole
<[title in TC only: `The D. of Bucks. to L. Shrewsbury’] >

I am a sensual thing with a hey Yo40*82 (pp. 172-3)
I must run away with a hey trolley lolley lo
<The king’s confession>

Have you not heard how our sovereign of late Yo40*83 (p. 173)
Meet if she dare and fairly with thee swive
<A satyr>

First draw an arrant fop from top to toe Yo40*84 (p. 174)
Has made them woeful ministers of state
<Seventh advice to a painter to draw the delineaments of a statesman>

As in the days of yore was odds Yo40*85 (pp. 175-7)
He turned the parliament out of door
<The royal kiss or prorogation>

Who can on this picture look Yo40*86 (p. 177)
Is whore in all things but her face
<On the Duchess of Portsmouth’s picture>

As some brave admiral in former fight Yo40*87 (p. 178)
And being good for nothing else grow wise
<Ld: R:s ghost [p. 179 excised]>

[lost work] [Yo40*88] (p. 179)
<[Ld: Rs. life [title from TC] [catchword `Regione’ present on p. 178]>

[lost work] [Yo40*89] (p. 179)
<Upon the death of Oliver Cromwell [title from TC]>

[lost work] [Yo40*90] (p. 180)
<Strephon and Caelia [title from TC]>