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A large collection of English political poems, chiefly satirical, composed in the reigns of Charles I and Charles II, written in about 1640-1685

MS. Douce 357
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 5v). 'A Songe of the Lord Keeper his entertainment in Cambridge', beg. 'Emmanuell sent'
  2. (fol. 6v). 'To the House of Commons', about 1640 (?), beg. 'My Masters, you that undertake the game'
  3. (fols. 8, 11v, 12). Poems on Strafford, begg. 'Great Strafford', 'Poore Strafford', 'Here lyes one' by W. Prynne, 'Here rests wise and valiant Dust', 'Goe empty Joyes'
  4. (fol. 15v). 'The ballad of Charing Cross', beg. 'Undon, Undone'
  5. (fols. 16-18). Poems on the duke of Buckingham's death, begg. 'Heavens blesse', 'Immortal man', to Felton, 'Sooner I may', 'Awak, sad Brittain'
  6. (fol. 26). 'The Puritan & the Papist, a satire' by Abr. Cowley, cf. fol. 42
  7. (fol. 35v). 'A Libell on the commitment of Wm lord archbishop of Canterbury', beg. 'My little Lord'
  8. (fol. 41). 'The Prologue and Epilogue to a Commedy made by the poet Aquila [Pooley] presented at the entertainment of the Princes Highness by the schollars of Trinity Colledge in Cambridge, March [12] 1641', 1641/2
  9. (fol. 79). 'A Ballade on the Duke of Monmouth's Entertainment at Oxford by ... the Mayor Mr [R.] Pauling and ... the Aldermen & Bargmen of the city ...', 1679, beg. 'Yee Townsmen and Scholars'
  10. (fol. 117). 'On Sir Thomas Fairfax' (d. 1671), beg. 'Vnder this stone'
  11. (fol. 154v). 'A Litany for the holy time of Lent', a satire on Obadiah Walker, beg. 'From all the women'
  12. (fol. 156). 'Clarendon's House Warming', beg. 'When Clarendon had discerned.'.

At fol. 158 is, in a different hand, 'Aduice to the Caruer', a poem on the execution of lord Stafford in 1678: beg. 'Bring me a man.' A few pieces are in Latin, a few in prose: several have been printed. A leaf or two are wanting before fol. 2. The 1840 Catalogue is very far from exhaustive.

On the binding is 'A. P., 1642' stamped in gold: the volume may have been begun at that date.


  • Creation: written in about 1640-1685


174 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 357

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21932

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/8 × 9 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom