MS Osborn c. 160, formerly Phillips 17695 (Box 89/13)

Collection of ten 17th and 18th century verse MSS attrib. to Denham, Rochester, Garrick, Prior etc., also some in Latin. The compiler of the MS has written the title-pages. The individual MSS themselves are bound separates, tipped in slips, etc.

Nay painter if thou dar’st design that fight Yo60*1 (ff. 1r-7v)
In Petty’s double-kul’ed [for `keeled’] experiment
<[title-page of MS: `Directions to a Painter. By Sir John Denham’] Directions to [blot] first [illeg.]>

Imperial prince king of the seas and isles Yo60*2 (ff. 7v-8r)
Kings are but cards in war they’re gods in peace
<To the king>

Sandwich in Spain now and the duke in love Yo60*3 (ff. 8r-16r)
Truth is thou’st drawn her in effigy
<Directions to a painter on our fight with the Dutch in 1665 [a new hand begins at `Forest of masts’ as though starting a new poem]>

Great prince and so much greater as more wise Yo60*4 (ff. 16r-v)
To woods and groves what once the painter sings
<To the king. By Sir John Denham>

Draw England ruined by what was given before Yo60*5 (ff. 16v-19r)
Saw his ships burned and as they burned he swived
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham [`burnt’ in both cases; —— for swived]>

Painter where was’t thy former work did cease Yo60*6 (ff. 19r-22r)
Poets and painters are licentious youths
<Directions to a painter. By Sir John Denham>

Bella fugis bellas sequeris belloque repugnans Yo60*6.1 (ff. 22r, 23r)
Mars ad opus Veneris Martis ad arma Venus
<Que sequntur in limine thalami regiia nescio quo nebulone scripta reperibantur [as last 2 lines of previous (cf. YoD); f. 22v is blank]>

<new MS begins>
Fret not dear Tom that thou hast lost the race Yo60*7 (ff. 24r-30v)
Till warmth shall both erect their stings and crests
<An epistle from Jemmy Singleton to his friend Tom: Pullen about the election race [ff. 23v, 31r are blank] [f. 31r contains `A key to the names’ referred to in the poem, with caption `This election was in the year 1708. At which time Henry Iveson esq. was high sheriff’]>

<new MS begins>
Colende pater / Daturus ibam quae olim Munera Yo60*8 (ff. 32r-v)
Remunerabis satis si accipies gentis. Semper tibi observatissimus Petrus Dodson
<[title-page of MS: `Verses on various subjects’] [prose letter, with interpolated poem (*8.1)]>

O fortuna potens dominaris sola Britannum Yo60*8.1 (ff. 32r-v)
Atque noni referant læta incunda dies
<[no title; poem within the prose letter above]>

Honoured father / I had intended to have made you the presents Yo60*8.2 (ff. 33r-34r)
sufficiently reward them by graciously receiving them. I am your most obedient son P Dodson
<[no title; translation of letter above] [prose text]>

O all powerful fortune ’tis thou alone that keepest the dominion Yo60*8.3 (ff. 33r-34r)]
And let succeeding days bring with them joy and gladness
<[no title; translation of poem within the letter, set out here as prose]>

Thrice honoured sir arise now spare away Yo60*9 (ff. 36r-37r)
And am your humble servant to command
<An invitation to Sir Matthew Wentworth to hasten out of Ireland into England with a congratulation for the great estate which falls to him by the death of Sir Tho: Wentworth>

Reverend sir / Knowing you to be a gentleman of great mirth Yo60*10 (ff. 38r-39r)
By Mr William Stear junior rector of Whiston when he was out of the way
<[no title] [prose text]>

A country parson of great note Yo60*10.1 (ff. 38r-v)
With a divine and amorous fire
<The breeches [poem within the prose letter above] [colophon: `These verses was written upon Mr Pertack’s wife late minister of Bolsterstone who after his death kept an alehouse at [blank] and cried his breeches to be shot for. By Mr William Stear junior rector of Whiston, when he was out of the way’]>

Of Studley Vales let others sing Yo60*11 (ff. 40r-v) %18C%
And Nature’s God adore
<To Mr Aislebie occasioned by a view of Studley Park and Hackfall [colophon: `J. H. Harrowgate 3d Sept. 1768′]>

Some strollers invited by Warwick’s great earl Yo60*12 (f. 41r-v) %18C%
But a plague on your family dinner
<Verses written by Mr Garrick on going with his wife to Warwick Castle in pursuance of repeated invitations and being dismissed immediately after breakfast by an enquiry if he had ordered his coach>

When Nevil the stout Earl of Warwick lived here Yo60*13 (f. 41v) %18C%
Is he gives us a book and we read them
<An inscription for the great gate>

Nine lives in sin and sorrow spent Yo60*14 (f. 42r) %18C%
Death had a stomach for them all
<Epitaph by Mr Garrick on Miss Wilmot’s cat who ate all her own offspring. Engraved on a monument in the sweet conservatory at Farnbrough Place>

Most parsons ’tis said love the church and strong beer Yo60*15 (f. 42v) %18C%
A fiddle stick on him he’s not worth a song
<Verses written by Mr Garrick when Mr Allott stayed at York 2 days to hear Giordeni, etc instead of returning back to Loudesburgh 1750>

Vain as thou art say whence those airs arise Yo60*16 (f. 43r-v)
In short the general ridicule of all
<Upon that vain conceited fop Monstrum horrendum informe ingens>

From Pynton not far from Cambridge Yo60*17 (f. 44r)
And he ne swore he shulde a bedge
<The Reves tale [scribe’s note at end: `From the works of Geffray Chaucer printed at London by Thomas Godfray the yere of our lord MDXXXII. dedicated to Hen 8th Mr Hope’s derby’]>

A carcass vile lies here to rot Yo60*18 (f. [44v])
The devil’s agent John a Barnes
<Epitaph on John Barnes, by George Eyre [unnumbered slip tipped in following blank 44v]

Our tutor hath no zeal nor safety found Yo60*19 (f. 46r)
Where old Apollyon hath encamped his host
<[no title] [slip tipped into MS following blank 45v]>

Two things there are to clean the room Yo60*20 (f. 47r)
In two verse ends have told its name
<[no title; endorsed `Broomhead. This Sheffield’] [second slip tipped in following 45v]>

He that buys land buys many stones Yo60*21 (f. 48r)
Shall want money as well as I
<[no title] [third slip tipped in following 45v] [`Essex stiles, Kentish miles, Norfolk wiles, many men beguiles’ written as a single line at end]>

Sir / As you’re a man of great estate Yo60*22 (f. 49r)
I’ll pray that you may live for ever
<[no title] [fourth slip tipped in following 45v] [colophon: `I am Sir your most humble servant G. Eyre’]>

From heaven Prometheus stole some sparks away Yo60*23 (f. 50r)
Freedom he brought as well as fire from heaven
<The modern Prometheus [note at end: `alluding to the doctor’s electrical experiments’] [fifth slip tipped in following 45v]>

The Sundays of man’s life Yo60*24 (f. 51r)
Of the eternal glorious king
<[no title] [reference at end: `The life of Mr George Herbert’] [scribbled note on verso: `Pray for the souls of Sir William Constable . . .’] [sixth slip tipped in following 45v]>

<new MS begins>
Upon high towing waves did Peter go Yo60*25 (f.51r[bis]-59r) %18C%
Si hujus tollis onus te premis neque polum
<[title-page of MS: `Iohn Wilson his book 1731′] [collection of short poems in English and Latin based on biblical texts, the references serving as the titles [last line is on its own on p. 59r (section incomplete?); the last line on previous page (Heading Job. 1) is not legible] [followed by pp. 97-8 of a printed song book, tipped in between MSS I think]>

<new MS begins>
In the midst of the sea like a tough man-o’-war Yo60*26 (f. 60r-v)
What do you think of the land in the ocean
<Sand in the ocean>

Brave Cakum Maimbrace honest Jack Yo60*27 (f. 61r-v)
And while an anchor here I’ll drink / To my messmates out at sea
<Messmates at sea. A new song [`out sea’ in final refrain]>

A wedding a wedding the universe over Yo60*28 (f. 62r-v)
Like folk that are married to separate never / And sing Ballinimono oro
<Merry wedding>

<new MS begins>
Various the climate is in Britain’s isle Yo60*29 (ff. 63v-68v)
Closed in with that the varied landscape ends
<[title-page of MS: `Verses on the Moors. By Godfrey Bosvile of Gunthwaite esquire’] On the Moors [f. 63v contains a page of text omitted from the poem]>

<new MS begins>
The nature of death with horror strikes the soul Yo60*30 (f. 69r)
Death in itself cannot afford much pain
<The following verses on death were spake at a public school in Edinburgh ex tempore, before the masters, and several other gentlemen. On death [colophon: `Finis 1732′] [f. 69v contains scribbled drawings]>

Pergama flere volo fata danais data solo Yo60*31 (f. 70r-v)
Redditi victori deliciis que Hori
<[no title] [tipped in slip]>

He who unlawful means advance to gain Yo60*32 (f. 71r)
Take but your due and never covet more
<Of dealing unjustly [tipped in slip; f. 71v is blank]>

Tie one end of a rope fast over a beam Yo60*33 (f. 72r)
And leave all the rest of the work to the string
<A receipt to cure a love-fit, which may indifferently serve for those that are tired with matrimony [tipped in slip]>

EX: But make it to abound Yo60*34 (f. 72v) %18C%
<[no title] [stanzas 7 and 8 of a pretty woeful Genesis poem, definitely 18thC I should say]>

But with vast rising bulwark’s mighty row Yo60*35 (f. 73r)
War and footsteps of destruction here
<Upon the sight of a demolished castle. Gentleman’s Magazine [tipped in slip; 73v is blank] [`War’ not fully visible in binding]>

Rome that the conquered world so long had swayed Yo60*36 (f. 74r)
Her own sad funeral pile and tomb is made
<On ancient Rome from the Latin. [colophon: `from London Mag. december 1741′]>

See sister in this shattered glass Yo60*37 (f. 74r)
Forever lost and past recalling
<Verses by a clergyman’s son (said to be but 8 years old) on his sister’s breaking a drinking glass) [colophon: `London Mag: March 1733′] [tipped in slip]>

Madam / Agreeable to your order have sent two yards Yo60*38 (f. 74v) %18C%
I remain with service to you and M{trim} your obliged humble servant in h[trim}
<[letter, trimmed at right margin, dated `Sheffield 18 August 176{trim}’ and signed `Ino Alle{trim}’] [prose text]>

O how I long my country vill’ to see Yo60*39 (f. 75r)
And days like these who would not wish to see
<O rus, quando ego te aspiciam. Hor. [colophon: `W: W. / Gent. Magazine April 1745′] [tipped in slip; 75v blank]>

Here on a mount a ruined tow’r I spy Yo60*40 (f. 76r)
And as their sums increase distend their hill
<Mr Pope’s miscellany vol. 2d. Poem, Phoenix Park. By Mr James Ward page 193 [tipped in slip]>

Deep in the vale old Liffey rolls his tides Yo60*40.1 (f. 76r)
And loudly roaring smoke and foam below
<Same poem p. 192 [f. 76v endorsed in the same hand: `Sir / Yours is just now come to hand. I had 200 pound, but had parted with half of it before I received Mr Fenton’s letter. If your nephew’] [neither extract in Wing]>

The medal faithful to its charge of fame Yo60*41 (f. 77r) %18C%
The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years
<Dialogue of the usefulness of ancient medals 1726 [8 lines only] [extract from Pope, `Epistle III to Mr Addison’]>

See the wild waste of all-devouring years Yo60*42 (f. 77r) %18C%
And little eagles wave their wings in gold
<[no title; preceded by 3 lines of page references] [the first lines of Pope’s `Epistle III to Mr Addison’, which continues as #41 above] [scribbled accounts on verso]>

I love with all my heart /The Hanoverian part OR / The Stewarts party here Yo60*43 (f. 78v-r)
Though none should take my part / Resolves to live and die
<[no title] [78r is endorsed `I love with’] [tipped in slip]>

Thou great creator of this earth Yo60*44 (ff. 79r-80v)
Return thee praises night and day
<The husbandman’s prayer [colophon?: `Margaret Oates’]>

Adieu my friends Heaven calls we must resign Yo60*45 (ff. 81r-82v)
A friend on earth an advocate above
<An elegy on the best of men and choicest of friends Richard Thornton Esq. Recorder of Leeds; who died ?October 1710>

<new MS begins>
From grave lessons and restraint I’m stole out to revel here Yo60*46 (f. 83r)
I will fit him if he’s true if he’s false I’ll fit him too
<A song set by Mr John Weldon, sung by Mrs {illeg}>

Can you leave ranging, ne’er think of changing and constant grow Yo60*47 (f. 83r)
I would deceive you your fate you know
<Media. Sung by Mrs Lindley in the opera of Thomyris>

In you we Nature’s art adore Yo60*48 (f. 83v)
The orb of her bright eye
<A song to Brunetta on her complexion set per Mr Weldon. Sung per Miss Tofts in the subscription music and per Mrs Davis at the theatre>

O lead me to some peaceful gloom Yo60*49 (f. 83v-84r)
To conquer yet be still a slave
<A song in the Tragedy of Bonduca. Set by Mr Henry Purcel. Sung by Miss Cross. etc.>

Stay ah turn ah wither would you fly Yo60*50 (f. 84r)
Nor cast a pitying look behind
<A song in the Fair Penitent. Set per Mr Eules, sung per Mr Hudson>

Drunk I was last night that’s poss Yo60*51 (f. 84v)
Having the pot to spew
<[no title]>

One evening Aminta and Phillis Yo60*52 (f. 85r)
Whom even our friends do betray
<[no title]>

Flocks are sporting Yo60*53 (f. 85v)
Are the swains and nymphs so fair
<A pastoral>

Let’s live good honest lives Yo60*54 (f. 85v)
The devil and all his works
<Set to tune per Mr Purcell>

Under this stone lies Gabriel John Yo60*55 (f. 85v)
If you please you may or let us alone / ‘Tis all one
<[no title]>

Come come ye sons of art come away Yo60*56 (f. 86r)
Our songs to Apollo whose race is divine
<Song on King George’s birthday>

Would Fate to me Belinda give Yo60*57 (f. 86r)
On the glories of the crown
<[no title]>

Hark the trumpet sounds to arms O fatal noise Yo60*58 (f. 86v)
But can never change my vows
<The Princess of Wales’ {?arrival}>

How merry the sailor’s life passes Yo60*59 (ff. 86v-87r)
Who merrily live till we die
<[no title] [at bottom of page: `William Ashforth His Book 1750′] [ff. 87v-94r are blank; the remaining items in the MS have been entered upside-down from the back]>

Nothing thou elder brother eve to shade Yo60*60 (ff. 95r-94v (rev.))
Fly into thee and ?seadre in the end
<The Earl of Rochester ‘pon Nothing>

Forgive the muse who in unhallowed strains Yo60*61 (ff. 96r-95v (rev.))
And glad all heaven with millions thou hast saved
<To Dr Sherlock on his discourse concerning death. per {?Briew}>

Well I have thought on’t and I find Yo60*62 (f. 96v (rev.))
‘Twill not be short because ’tis all my own
<An encomium upon a retired life. per a gentlewoman>

<new MS begins>
From such a facewise excellence Yo60*63 (ff. 97r-v)
Then heavens will bless our several senses
<The new letany [with subheadings referring to each of the senses] [set out with each couplet as a single line on the page]>

Deign sir in your perusal of these signs Yo60*64 (ff. 98r-99r)
I’ll welcome war ’cause heaven decreed it so
<Mr Brathwite’s address in poetry to Charl. Howard esquire, governor of the 4 northern counties, upon his demand of the tenants part of his estate as being prime to the last plot. Anno 1655 [poem ends on f. 98v and endorsed `Rich[ard] Branthwaite’] [ff. 98-99 is a stuck-in separate; f. 99v blank] [f. 101r-v also blank]>

All you that takes delight to play Yo60*65 (f. 101v-r)
Though knaves of clubs bears all the sway
<[no title] [the last stanza is repeated on 101r]>

When General Monk unveils his hood Yo60*66 (f. 102r)
Then one and all shall try God save the king
<[no title] [f. 102v blank] [`Then on’ in MS]>

Here lies Charles the first the great Yo60*67 (f. 103r)
The honest man the righteous king
<In Carolum regem>

The scripture bids us fast from sin and pray Yo60*68 (f. 103r)
If you ‘scape free from all the blood and plunder
<These verses following, were scattered in Leedes streets, upon a Thanksgiving Day [f. 103v blank]>

Here uninterred suspends though not to save Yo60*69 (f. 104r)
Contend to fetch his body to his soul
<[no title] [on Felton] [f. 104v blank]>

The House of Commons having lately sent Yo60*70 (f. 105r)
Embrace each other and leave us content
<[no title] [f. 105v blank]>

Upon these banks our first archbishop stood Yo60*71 (f. 106r-v)
Whigs to their good old cause would bid adieu
<Upon the Archbishop of York’s coming to Richmond [f. 107r-v blank]>

Now popish gemmy is gone into France Yo60*72 (f. 108r)
We’ll forfeit in earnest and take it in jest
<[no title] [f. 108v blank]>

O Anna see the prelude is begun Yo60*73 (f. 109r)
You that can make the king can make the lords
<[no title] [f. 109v blank]>

Industrious Whigs since you have made the boast Yo60*74 (f. 110r)
With Presbyterian tubs to light the fire
<[no title; 4 lines on a scrap tipped in] [f. 110v blank]>

Since moderation is so much in vogue Yo60*75 (ff. 111v-112r)
And show the face of truth you’ve wronged before
<[no title] [f. 111r is endorsed `Tom James’] [in margin of second section: B[?enjamin] H[?oadley]; Third section headed: `Dr H[?enry] S[?acheverell]]>