Lovelace/Church Manuscript Transcription

The Poetry Pages, section 1

There are no images connected with these transcriptions, because I took the photos myself, and while the reading room was happy to let me do so, they also told me that they had to be for my personal use only. If you see me at an event somewhere, possibly a KWDMS, I will most likely have my 'chapbook' with me, which contains all of the images and all of the transcriptions - you can look at them in there. Or, of course, you could go to Harvard, and the Houghton library, and take a look at the manuscript itself!

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First Page
Verses on severall oc
1649This citation dates the dances and the poetry: The first poem below is about something that happened in 1645, so the date would seem to indicate when they were put in this book, not when the events happened.
To the Ladyes;
Ladys that gild the glittering noone
And by reflection mend his ray
whose lustor makes the sprightfull sun
to dance as upon Easter day
wat are you since the queenes away?
To the Cavaliers;This is the first part of:
Courageous eagles that have whettThe General Eclipse, by John Cleveland
their eyes upon majestick light(This version is slightly different from the one
(x?) And these derivde such martiall heatfound in "The Poems of John Cleveland",
That still your lookes maintayn the fightAnnotated and correctly printed for the first time
Wat are yousince that Kings goodnightwith Biographical and Historical Introductions
To the ChildrenJOHN M. BERDAN, PH. D.
Royall Children whom nature teemesNEW HAVEN: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
as a reserve for Englands throneLONDON: HENRY FROWDE \ / it
whose honur forg'd sword redeemsOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
The last age and adorn your owneM CM X I
Wat are you since the Prince isCopyright 1903,
Second Page
As an obstructed fountains head
cuts of the ontayle from the streams
Soe brooks are disinherited
Honour, and(@) beauty are but dreams
since charles and Mary lost
their beames;
To the Army;
Criminal valour that committ
your galantry; what Pean brings
A psalm of mercy after itt
in this sad solstice of the King
the victorys have mewed our wings
See how the souldier wares his cage
of iron, like the captive Turke
And for a guerdon of their rage
See how the glimering Peers go lur(e/k)
or at the best worke joarny woork
Thus tis a generall eclipseThis is the second part of:
The world is turnd all a mortThe General Eclipse, by John Cleveland
only the house of commons trips(see above)
Third Page
The stage in a tryumphant sort,
may even Lilburne take 'm for'tThe end of the second part
--&--The General Eclipse by John Cleveland (see previous)
*Note*: John Lilburne: "Freeborn John" - 1615-1657
Parlimentarian, Puritan, sided with Cromwell. One of the founders
of the Levellers, a group of reformist who wanted to change the way
things were done - vote for all, freedom of religion, reduce taxes, etc.
The antiplatonicke
for shame thou everlasting woor
still saynig grace, and ne'r fall to her
love that's in contemplation place
is venus draft but to the wast
Unlese your flame confesse your gender
and your parly cause surrender
Your Salamanders of a cold desire
that hide untouch't amongst the hotest fire;
wat though the be a dame of stone
the widdow of pigmalean
as hard, and unrelented shee
as the new crusted niobe
or wat doth more of stature carry
a nimph of the Platonik quarry
Lover melts the rigour, what the rokes have bred
A flint with break upon a feather bed;
Fourth Page
for shame you pretty femall elves
Cease for to candy up your selfes
noe more you soctarys of the game
noe more of your calcining flame
woemen commence by cupids dart
as a kings hunting dubs a heart
loves votarys enthralls, each others soule
till both of them live but upon paroule;
beatues noe more in woemen kind
but the greene sickness of the mind
Philosophys therr new delight
a kind of charcole appetite
there is no sophistry prevayels
when all-convincing love assayles
but the disputing petacoate will warpe
as skilfull foners are to seeke at sharpe
the souldier that man of iron
whome ribbs of horror do environ
who's strung with wire instead of veins
in whose embraces you're in chaines"The Antiplatonic", by John Cleveland
lett a magnetick girle appeare(Same reference as "The General Eclipse", same notes too)
Fifth Page
Straite he'll be Cupids curiaseere
love stormes his lips, and takes the fortresse in
for all the brisled tarnepikes of his chinne
Since loves artillery then checkes
The breastworkes of the firmest sexe
Come let us in affection ryot
there sikly pleasures keepe a dyett
give me a lover bold and free
not eunched with formality
like an embassador that beds a queeneEnd of "The Antiplatonick", by John Cleveland
with the nice caution of a sword betweene(see previous citation)
You powers which rule loves silken thron
and guid our passions by your owne
send downe that powerfull dart
that makes two lovers weare one heart
solicite Venus that her doves
which through their bills transport their lovesAn invocation to Cupid (Song)
may teach my tender love, and I(Author unknown?)
to kisse into a sympathy
pray Cupid if it be noe sinne
Westminster-Drollery. Or, A Choice COLLECTION Of the Newest SONGS & POEMS BOTH AT Court and Theaters.
BY A Person of Quality.
With Additions.
LONDON, Printed for H. Brome at the Gun in St. Paul Church Yard, near the West End. MDCLXXI.
(First reprint, 1875)
Sixth Page
in nature for to make twine
of our two soules, that the others eyes
may see death couzned when one dys
--&--The following lines complete the poem - they're not in the manuscript:
If oh you Powers you can implore
Thus much from Love, know from your store
Two Amorous Turtles shall be freed
which yearly on your Altar bleed
Official end of An Invocation of Cupid (see previous for attribution)
A word for the greene sicknesse
A: lady fayre of the greene sicknese late
P: itty to see was troubled very sore
R: esolving in her mind some cure to take
I: n greate Apollos name she did implor
C: ure for her greif the oracle assignes
K: eepe the first letter of theseJames Swindell used the above acrostic in a letter to his lover, (possibly Anne Boulton).
    severall lines
--&--He did not author the lines, as he lived in the 18th century, but he must have found
some source for them. The newsletter at the url above has some different words, but
the sentiment is the same.
Note: the "green sickness" is an affliction defined in Francis Grose' 1811
Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue defined "green sickness" as: "The disease of
maids occasioned by celibacy." (
"prick" as penis dates from the mid-16th century.
In Librum vere Cabalisticum
?arturn a Gulielmo Stockes
Hyppacho he in arte de=
sultoria Hyppo=
1) Readers here is such a booke
will make you leape before you look
And shift without being throght a rooke,
-------------------William Cartwright's lampoon of William Stokes' De Arte di Saliendi
the author's aery light, and thine
(The art of jumping/vaulting)
Printed/collected in 1651
The "title" in the manuscript is scrambled and reduced from the one presented in
the OCR'd version at the url above.
Seventh Page
2) whome noe man 'ere saw breake a shine
or ever yet leape out of's skinne;
When he the stags leape does youd sweare
3) the stag himselfe if he were there
would like the unweildy oxe appeare;
When ere he straind at horse and bell
-) Tom Charles himselfe that came to smell
his faults, will swore, twas cleare, and well;
His trickes are here in figures dim
4) Each line is heavyer than his lim
And shadowes weighty are to him;
Were Dere alive, or Billingsly
5) You shortly should each passage see
Demonstrated by A.B.
Bee the horse A, and the man B:
6) Parts from the girdle upwards C:
And from the dirdle downward D:
--------big gap between 2 and 3
If the parts C: proportioned weighwhat is here part ? follows the last line of part 2 in the cited mms
7) With the parts D: neither would swayBetween what is here 5 and 6, there's another 3-line set in the cited mms
But B: hang equall upon A:In this 7, C and D are reversed from the cited mms
(Which is all to say that the version in the transcribed mms has large differences from the published version cited.)
Eighth Page
(something unreadable)
8) Their ponderations, and their Statickes
To prove the art of Wills volatickes;
Andjustly too. For the Pomado
9) and the most intricate strappado
he'll doe for nought in a Bravado;
The Herculean leape he can with slight
10) And that twice 50: times a night
to please the ladyes, Will (Witt?) is right;
The --- leape nere puts him too 't
11) then for the Pegasus he'll doo 't
And stricke a fountayne with his foote
He'll set his strength if you desire
12) just like his horse lower, or higher
And twist his limbs like nealed wire;
--------This part 8 was between the lines in this part 5 and 6 in the cited mms
Had you as I but seene him onceThere are 3 more lines between this part 8 and 9 in the cited mms
13) You'd sweare that nature for the nonceAfter this 11 is where the "stag-leape" part goes in the cited mms
Had made his body without bones;In this 11, "--- leape" is "Angelica" in the cited mms
--------This 12 starts right after the stag-leape lines in the cited mms
For arms sometime he'l lye on one(i.e. more big differences.)
Ninth Page
14) Sometimes on both, sometimes on none
And like a Meater (meteor) hang alone;
Let none henceforth your yeares (ears?) abuse
15) How Dedalus leap't the twining stewes
Alas! That was but flying news;
He us'd wax plumes as Ovid sings,
16) Will (Witt?) scornes to tamper with such things
He is a Dedalus without wings;
Good fayth the mews were best look too 't
17) Least it goe downe and Sheine to boot
Will (Witt?) and his wooden horse will doo 't
The Trojane steede let souldiers scane,
18) And prayse that invention you that can
Will (Witt?) puts them done, both horse, and man
At once 6: horses Theutobachus
19) leap't o're if Florus doe not mock us
Tis well, but let him not provoke us
For were the matter to be tryd
20) Twere Gold or silver on Wills side
Tenth (Last) Page
Heed quell Theutobachus his pride;
I'll say but this to end the braull
21) Lett Theutobachus in the fall
Cut Wills crose caper, and take all;
Then goe thy ways brave Will for one
By Jove tis thou must leap, or none
To Pull bright honour from the moone;
Carton right; Philippus Stoicus
Enhialtes, et in arte
Dosultoria Hippodi=
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