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Verse, 1764-1870, n.d.

MS. Eng. d. 3886

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  1. (fols. ii-xi) an index of contents
  2. (fol. 1) hymn 'to Lady Fitzgerald by Lord Sandwich, on his finding her in company with Madin', 1764
  3. (fols. 2-3) 'Ode to Lord Temple' by William Wyndham Grenville, Sept. 1773
  4. (fols. 4-5) 'Ode for the year 1774' for Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt, by George Ridsdale
  5. (fols. 6-7) verse, for Elizabeth Harcourt, Viscountess Nuneham, commencing 'those charms, that in the gen'ral voice' by George Ridsdale, Dec. 1773
  6. (fol. 8) verse, for the Honourable Mrs Sedley, commencing 'will you (tho' true what sterne enforces that we must have our hobby horses)' by unidentified, n.d.
  7. (fol. 9) verse commencing 'I am not what I was, but quite the reverse' by unidentified, n.d.
  8. (fols. 10-11) verse, for Mrs Montagu, commencing 'new to the world at first the bashful maid' by Dean Marley, n.d.
  9. (fol. 12) verse titled 'On seeing the model of Mrs Montagu' by Samuel Johnson, n.d.
  10. (fol. 13) verse 'to the memory of John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer' commencing 'if e'er sincerity inscrib'd the stone' by unidentified, n.d.
  11. (fols. 14-15) verse titled 'On Happpiness' by Miss Wilmot, n.d.
  12. (fols. 16-17) verse titled 'A riddle' commencing 'I from a famous race am sprung' by the Hon. Mrs Walsingham, n.d.
  13. (fol. 18) verse, 'left in the flower garden at Nuneham', commencing 'welcome to this delightful cell' by General Johnston, 1786
  14. (fol. 19) verse titled 'Advertisement' commencing 'the King in his wisdom (it makes me quite frantic)' by unidentified, n.d.
  15. (fols. 20-1) verse commencing 'lady, hearken, enter not' by unidentified, Aug. 1794
  16. (fol. 22) verse titled 'On May morning new stile' commencing 'now the bright silver mug, Day's harbinger' by Frances Hay, n.d.
  17. (fol. 23) verse 'on hearing of the sudden death of the Reverend Mr Mason at the age of seventy two' by Frances Hay, [c.1797]
  18. (fol. 25) 'Epitaph on the most noble Douglas Hamilton, Duke of Hamilton Brandon &c 1799' by unidentified
  19. (fol. 26) verse, for Sir John Blaquiere, commencing 'what's angry Tisdal's secret aim' by unidentified, n.d.
  20. (fols. 27-32) letter to unidentified from Dr. Darwin concerning his intention to render Elizabeth Raffield's 'The Compleat English Housewife' into verse and enclosing specimens of 'plum pudding' in the forms of a song, a meditation, an ode, and an elegy, n.d.
  21. (fols. 33-4) 'Ode on the anniversary of her majesty's birth day most respectfully inscribed to the Earl of Harcourt' commencing 'hail britons, hail, the fair auspicious morn' by unidentified, n.d.
  22. (fol. 35) verse, 'collected from the Midsummer Night's Dream by Thomas Pitt', commencing 'ah me! for ought that ever I could know' by William Shakespeare, n.d.
  23. (fol. 36) verse commencing 'Sexton! oh lay beneath this sacred shrine' by Erasmus Darwin, n.d.
  24. (fol. 37) 'Inscription in a grove to the memory of Doctor Small by Doctor Darwin', n.d.
  25. (fol. 38) verse, for Elizabeth Harcourt, Viscountess Nuneham, commencing 'bright star of Britain, fairest of the fair', n.d.
  26. (fol. 39) 'Epitaph on the Countess of Denbigh' by Mary Elizabeth Nugent, Countess Temple, n.d.
  27. (fol. 40) verse 'On reading Mrs Piozzi's ancedotes - Mr Boswell's tour to the Hebrides - & other publications relative to the character of Dr Samuel Johnson' by unidentified, n.d.
  28. (fols. 41-2) 'An ode to science' by [Mark?] Akenside, n.d.
  29. (fol. 43) verse commencing 'come listen my friends to an old dog's new story' by unidentified, n.d.
  30. (fol. 44) verse commencing 't'other day as I walked in the park' by unidentified, n.d.
  31. (fol. 45) verse commencing 'a Tribe of holy priests in days of Yore' by unidentified, n.d.
  32. (fol. 46) verse commencing 'oh where is the sweetness that dwells on that lip' by Mary Tighe, in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, n.d.
  33. (fol. 47) verse commencing 'Willesby Pole has the mint, but need never attend' in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, n.d.
  34. (fol. 48) verse 'to a lady called from her activity Atlanta' in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, 1805
  35. (fol. 48r) verse titled 'To the same complaining on her birthday of the Sun's absence commencing 'Obscur'd his light, eclipsed his ray' by unidentified, 1805
  36. (fols. 49-50) verse commencing 'again reviving nature sheds' in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, n.d.
  37. (fol. 50) stanza, attributed to [Lady Byron?] commencing 'No, Lady, no - though Byron's hand' in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, n.d.
  38. (fols. 51-2) verse commencing 'for whom today shall minstrel bard' in the hand of George Granville Harcourt, n.d
  39. (fols. 53-4) verse titled 'To spring' by unidentified, n.d.
  40. (fols. 55-6) 'verses written New Years Day 1805' commencing 'old creeping time hath op'd the year' by unidentified, n.d.
  41. (fol. 57) verse commencing 'as near to my heart as the church to the steeple' by Thomas Pitt, n.d.
  42. (fol. 58) verse titled 'On the English' by unidentified, n.d.
  43. (fol. 59) verse commencing 'soft spirit of the genial shower' by George Richards, June 1806
  44. (fols. 60-1) verse titled 'Invitation to Nuneham' by George Richards, 1807
  45. (fols. 62-3) verse commencing 'the muse, who on the Chian sage' by George Richards, n.d.
  46. (fols. 64-5) verse titled 'The dead soldier' by George Richards, n.d.
  47. (fol. 66) verse titled 'Chivalry' by George Richards, n.d.
  48. (fols. 67) verse, for the Honourable Anne Seymour [Damer?], commencing 'go, humble muse, at Twickenham's Gothic Bower' by George Richards, Sept. 1808
  49. (fols. 69-70) verse titled 'Night bagshaws at Nuneham' by George Richards, n.d.
  50. (fols. 71-2) 'Ode to peace' by unidentified, n.d.
  51. (fol. 73) 'Epitaph on Prince Lee Boo' by Francis Haggitt, n.d.
  52. (fols. 74-5) verse commencing 'what tho' with me no muses deign to stray' by Francis Haggitt, Aug. 1808
  53. (fols. 75-6) 'Ode on the abolition of the slave trade' by unidentified, [c.1807?]
  54. (fol. 77) verse titled 'Tabby's purraby to her chicken' by William Robert Spencer, n.d.
  55. (fol. 78) verse commencing 'ah memory! remembrance! thou hast many a shrine around' by unidentified, n.d.
  56. (fol. 79) verse titled 'An ideal visit to Lady Harcourt's flower-garden after reading a description of Nuneham' by C. Dunsted, Jan. 1802
  57. (fols. 80-1) verse commencing 'while tuneful Greville sweetly sings' by unidentified, n.d.
  58. (fol. 82) 'A new song of old sayings' by unidentified, n.d.
  59. (fols. 83-4) verse commencing 'I find, dear Coz, you're come to town' by Mrs Kennicott, n.d.
  60. (fol. 85) verse, addressed to George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt, commencing 'for twice fifteen long hours I've been deprived' by Mrs Kennicott, n.d.
  61. (fol. 86) 'Verses occassioned by a Poet, soi-disant Pindar, having (in a poem on the Bath Beauties) praised Lady Margaret Fordyce for nothing but a dimple' by unidentified, n.d.
  62. (fols. 87-8) verse 'written on hearing a cuckoo in the valley of St. Saba' commencing 'what sounds are those you rocks impart' by unidentified, n.d.
  63. (fol. 89) verse 'On the demolition of Pope's villa' commencing 'genius of Twit'nam! Tell me why' by unidentified, 1807
  64. (fol. 90) verse commencing 'disdain not a repaste' by unidentified, n.d.
  65. (fol. 91) verse commencing 'oft have we wonder'd why on Irish ground' by Sir Robert Dallas, n.d.
  66. (fol. 92) ode 'On the marriage of Lord Palmerston' by John Burgoyne, n.d.
  67. (fol. 93) verse titled 'Parody upon the vicar of Bray' by unidentified, n.d.
  68. (fol. 94) verse, addressed to Lady Caroline Lamb on the christening of her son, commencing 'grant heaven! sweet babe, thou may'st inherit' by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Oct. 1807
  69. (fols. 95-6) verse titled 'The old hag in a red cloak' by George Watson-Taylor, n.d.
  70. (fol. 97) charade, addressed to Catherine Maria Fanshawe, commencing 'my first is oft descried with longing eyes' by unidentified, n.d.
  71. (fol. 98r) epitaph, for a monument to the Seward family, commencing 'to him who asks why o'er this tablet spread' by Walter Scott, n.d.
  72. (fols. 98v-99) hymn titled 'Common Metre: prosperity and adversity' by Dr Darwin, n.d.
  73. (fol. 100) epigram, 'written on a window at Windsor by an Eton Scholar', commencing 'you may send, it ought shou'd ail ye', n.d.
  74. (fol. 101) verse commencing 'scholars are bookworms as tis said' by unidentified, n.d.
  75. (fols. 102-103r) verse commencing 'one morn I rose at break of day' by unidentified, 1810
  76. (fol. 103v) verse commencing 'why does the tear drop sparkle in my eye' by unidentified, 1811
  77. (fols. 104-5) verse, addressed to Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, titled 'Memory & hope' by R. N. French
  78. (fols. 106-7) verse titled 'A day of Lady Mary Coke, versified, from her own prose' by unidentified, n.d.
  79. (fol. 108) verse, addressed to Sarah Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey, commencing 'when the vain triumph of the imperial Lord' by George Byron, 6th Baron Byron, [c.1814]
  80. (fols. 109-10) verse, addressed to Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, commencing 'ah! Never must the critic's eye' by Mrs Mildmay, n.d.
  81. (fol. 111) verse, addressed to Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, commencing 'from all the duties, all the cares of life' by unidentified, n.d.
  82. (fol. 112) verse, addressed to the infant child of Lord and Lady Anson, commencing 'sweet lovely infant smile on me' by unidentified, Sept. 1823
  83. (fol. 113) verse, addressed to George Richards, titled 'Nuneham' commencing 'yes, blooming health delighted roves' in the hand of Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, n.d.
  84. (fols. 114-19) verse, addressed to George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt, 'occassioned by his saying that the antient way of spelling Catherine was with a K', commencing'and can his antiquarian eyes' by Catherine Maria Fanshawe, n.d.
  85. (fol. 120) charade commencing 'inscrib'd on many a learned page' by Catherine Maria Fanshawe, n.d.
  86. (fol. 121) verse, 'written at Brighthelmstone on Christmas Eve 1801 on hearing the Christmas carols sung in the night', commencing 'the night was calm, & deep repose' by Catherine Maria Fanshawe, n.d.
  87. (fols. 122-3) verse, 'composed while lying on a sick bed', commencing 'returning from the gates of death' by Catherine Maria Fanshawe, Jan. 1796
  88. (fol. 124) verse titled 'The gloves an heroic poem' by Lady Douglas, n.d.
  89. (fols. 126-7) prologue, 'on opening the threatre at Sydney Botany Bay' commencing 'from distant climes, o'er wide spread Seas we come' by [George?] Barrington, in the hand of Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, n.d.
  90. (fols. 128-9) verse titled 'The folly of atheism' by Dr Darwin, n.d.
  91. (fols. 130-1) verse commencing 'oh thou all great, all mercifull, all wise' by Mrs D., in the hand of Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, n.d.
  92. (fol. 132) verse titled 'A voice from the highlands' by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, n.d.
  93. (fol. 133) verse titled 'Receipt for a sallad' by Sydney Smith, n.d.
  94. (fol. 134) verse, addressed to Elizabeth Harcourt, Viscountess Nuneham, titled 'A nosegay' by John Willis, n.d.
  95. (fol. 135) verse titled 'The tear', in the hand of Elizabeth Harcourt, Countess Harcourt, n.d.
  96. (fol. 136) verse commencing 'and ere each day's revolving sun' by Lady Charoltte Bury, n.d.
  97. (fol. 137r) verse, in Latin, titled 'Zedekiah excacatus' by unidentified, n.d.
  98. (fols. 137v-138r) verse, in Latin, titled 'Angelus ad sepulchrum' by unidentified, n.d.
  99. (fol. 138r) verse titled 'Sanctum est vetus omne Póéma' by unidentified, n.d.
  100. (fol. 138v) verse, in Latin, titled 'Scriptorum chorus omnis amat nemus' by unidentified, n.d.
  101. (fols. 139-40) verse, in Latin, titled 'Alituum genus spiritus intus alit' by unidentified, n.d.
  102. (fols. 141-4) verse in Latin and Greek by unidentified, n.d.
  103. (fol. 145) verse, in Latin, addressed to George Granville Venables-Vernon, commencing 'Esto quicquid abrique serviabat' by Francis Wrangham, May 1826
  104. (fol. 146) latin translation of Montgomery's verse titled 'friend' by Francis Wrangham, n.d.
  105. (fol. 147r) two hymns, addressed to [William Venables-Vernon?], commencing Messiah! at this glad approach' and 'whee high the [heavenly?] temple stands' by Francis Francis Wrangham, n.d.
  106. (fol. 147v) verse commencing 'he who asks for [miners smitten?] stood' [in the hand of William Vernon Harcourt], n.d.
  107. (fol. 148) translation of Latin verse into English commencing 'this [gem?], twice destined to reward' by Francis Wrangham, n.d.
  108. (fol. 149) verse, in Latin, 'dictated by the Rev. W. Harcourt a few weeks before he died', titled 'Vota pro amico', in the hand of Edward William Harcourt, 1871


  • Creation: 1764-1870, n.d.


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MS. Eng. d. 3886