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Musical compositions by W. Davis, in the author's handwriting, early 18th cent.

MS. Mus. c. 16

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  1. (fol. 3). An Ode on St. Cecilia's day; the words beg. 'Assist, you mighty sons': score and separate parts
  2. (fol. 22). A Jubilate, in Dminor, 18 Oct. 1715
  3. (fols. 36, 111). Anthem from Ps. cxxv ('They that put their trust')
  4. (fol. 41). Anthem from Ps. xii ('Help, Lord')
  5. (fol. 45v). Anthem from Ps. xliv ('Lord, why sleepest thou')
  6. (fol. 65v). Anthem, 'Let God arise', signed, and dated 20 Nov. 1705
  7. (fol. 72). A thanksgiving anthem after the battle of Ramillies ('The word of the Lord'), signed, and dated 27 June 1706
  8. (fol. 95). Anthem from Is. xii ('Behold, God is my salvation')
  9. (fol. 98). 'A devine song out of Sandses translation, sett for three ladys', from Ps. xvii ('Lord, grant my just request')
  10. (fol. 99). Anthem from Ps. li ('Have mercy upon me')
  11. (fol. 100v). Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, in F Minor.
  12. (fol. 105v). Anthem from Is. lviii ('Cry aloud'), for a day of humiliation
  13. (fol. 109). 'A prayer for the queen' ('O Lord, make thy servant Anne'), an anthem
  14. (fols. 115, 120v). Fifteen songs with music:--'Love and gay hope', 'Can Strephon change'; 'a diologe betwen Celedon & Astrea' (beg. 'Astrea, when will you'); 'Ah nevermore', 'Toylsome watchings', 'With a long calm'; 'I've often heard' (words by capt. -- Sute); 'Phyllis, in vain'; 'Sylvia, whilst' (words by T. Cook); 'In vain I seek to charm'; 'When longing Strephon' (words by lieut. Cross); 'Of all the arts' (words by T. C.); Dr Sache[ve]rells Health in a catch, 1710 (beg. 'Let's drink disappointment'); 'A song upon mr. Spelmans weading' (beg. 'Hail, happy pair'), dated 3 Aug. 1697; 'Such a bargain.'
  15. (fol. 120). A round in three parts
  16. (fol. 133v rev.). 'Rules for playing a Through Base' (music only).


  • Creation: early 18th cent.


134 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. c. 16

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. 16693

Physical Facet

On paper


12 3/4 × 8 5/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom