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A collection of seventy-nine pieces, almost all English poems

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MS. Eng. poet. e. 4
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A collection of seventy-nine pieces, almost all English poems, copied out by an Oxford man, and divided into Sacra (p. 1), Funebria (p. 35), Gratulatoria (p. 62), Olivariana, i.e. about Oliver Cromwell (p. 73) and Miscellanea, including Oxford poems (p. 107). Among the poems, which often bear their author's name, are:

  1. (p. 11) 'David's Plague', a long poem, beg. 'Man eat, and sinn'd';
  2. (p. 44) On the death of Robert Fell of Ch. Ch., 1666, by Jeremiah Wells;
  3. (p. 125) 'Mercurius Menippæus, or the Loyal Satirist, 1649', by Thomas Winnard of St. John's college, Oxford;
  4. (p. 142) 'An Owle at Athens, a relation of the earle of Pembroke's entrance into Oxford, April 12, 1648', by the same;
  5. (p. 151) 'On the thunder at the Coronation, April 23, 1661', by E. Bold, of New college;
  6. (p. 162) 'On the picture of Mother Louse' of Oxford, by W. B.;
  7. (pp. 176, 177, 178) Three prologues at the Act at Oxford, 1671 (by J. S.), 1672 (by Elkanah Settle), 1676;
  8. (p. 206) an undated 'Musick Speech' at Oxford, in prose, beg. 'Ladies, I know not how to salute you';
  9. (pp. 213, 229, 241, 245) 'The Second Advice to a Painter', a political poem: also the Third, Fourth and Fifth Advice, the last slightly imperfect.

Some leaves are wanting at the end.

A full list of the poems, with index, is in manuscript in the Library: a list of nos. 1-73 is also at p. iii of the volume.


  • Creation: written about A.D. 1680


248 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. poet. e. 4

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20243


A collection of seventy-nine pieces, almost all English poems, written about A.D. 1680.

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Wells (fl. 1666).

Thomas Winnard (fl. 1648-1649) of St. John's college, Oxford.

E. Bold (fl. 1661) of New College, Oxford.

Elkanah Settle (1648–1724) was a playwright.

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. V, no. 29796.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1888.

'Cod. 8.' Bought from messrs. J. W. Jarvis & Son, Dec. 5, 1888, for £2 2s.: see no. 29804.

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect


7 7/8 × 6 1/8 in.

A collection of seventy-nine pieces, almost all English poems
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Weston Library
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