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Collection of carols, anthems, etc., carefully but inexpertly copied

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MS. Mus. e. 38

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Items 1-4: music for 4 voices; items 5-8: music for 2 voices.

  1. (fols. 1v-3) 'An Hymn on the Joys of Heaven, set by Dr. Henry [sic] Campion', beg. Never weather beaten sail. Published in T. Campion's Two Bookes of Ayres (London: Printed by Tho. Snodham for Mathew Lownes and I. Browne, [c 1613]).
  2. (fols. 3v-6) 'A Christmas Carol', beg. A virgin unspotted. 8 lines only. See W. H. Rusk, Songs of the Nativity, p. 30, for reference to this version published by Arthur Bedford in c 1734.
  3. (fols. 7-8) 'O Remember Adams fall'.
  4. (fols. 8v-9v) 'If Angels sung a Saviours birth'.
  5. (fols. 10v-11) 'A Song of Praise for Gods Merces', beg. Ascribe to God.
  6. (fols. 11v-13) 'An Hymn on the Nativity... sett by Mr. Roseingrave', beg. We sing to him.
  7. (fols. 13v-16) 'An Hymn Set hy Mr. Wm. Markham... Psalm 119 ver. 9', beg. How shall the young.
  8. (fols. 16v-18) 'On Charity', beg. For all the blessings.
  9. (fols. 18v-19) 'An hymn set hy Mr. Wm. Turner', beg. To thee O Lord. 3 parts.
  10. (fol. 19v) Incomplete hymn in 4 parts, beg. To thee my God I hourly sigh.
  11. (fols. 21-25v) 'An hymn of Thanksgiving for Easter Day', beg. The mornings up. Verse anthem.
  12. (fols. 27v-36v) 'An Anthem set by Mr. Wm. Bird', beg. Bow thine ear. [Part of Ne irascaris adapted to English words]. 5 parts.
  13. (fols. 38-42) 'An Anthem sett hy Mr. Michael Wise', beg. Awake up my Glory. Verse anthem.
  14. (fols. 43v-44v) 'The Appeal. An Hymn sett by Mr. Wm. Turner', beg. To thee great searcher. 3 parts.
  15. (fols. 45v-50) 'An Anthem'... Psalm xcvi vv. 1-4, beg. Sing unto the Lord and praise. Verse anthem.
  16. (fols. 51-52) 'An Anthem'... Psalm xxxiii vv. 1-4, beg. Sing unto the Lord a new song. 2 parts.
  17. (fols. 52v-55) 'O praise the Lord' in 3 parts; Gloria in 4 parts.
  18. (fols. 55v-57) 'Heavn's what is that', Easter anthem for treble solo and chorus.
  19. (fols. 57v-59) 'Oh be joyful' for treble solo and chorus.


  • Creation: mid-18th cent.


64 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. e. 38

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16769


Collection of carols, anthems, etc., carefully but inexpertly copied, mid-18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Custodial History

The name Thomas Conaway appears on fol. i. Previously owned by Robert Spencer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1968.

Physical Facet

i + 63 leaves formerly in 22 quires of 4, of which 1/1, 6/2-3, 17/4 and 18-22 were removed. Watermarks: at least two different 'Pro Patria' marks; no countermark visible. Cut by binder. Ruled with 4-6 staves to a page, as needed by copyist. No original foliation. 18th-cent. calf binding with blind tooling and a metal clasp now missing.


Oblong quarto

Collection of carols, anthems, etc., carefully but inexpertly copied
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom