Birmingham Central Library

Acc. No. 57316, Location No. S747.01

Two folio leaves, paginated 87-88 and [88bis], detached from a First Treble part book (now Edinburgh University Library, MS Dc. 1. 69), in a single hand. Compiled by Edward Lowe (c.1610-82), organist and composer. Mid-late 17th century.

A complete facsimile of these pages is in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 8 (New York & London, 1987).

p. 87

ShW 90: William Shakespeare, The Tempest, I, ii, 400-9. Song (‘Full fathom five thy father lies’)

Copy of Ariel's song, in a musical setting by Robert Johnson (as edited by John Wilson).

Johnson's setting first published in John Wilson, Cheerfull Ayres (Oxford, 1659). Edited from this MS in Cutts, Musique de la troupe de Shakespeare, p. 24. Discussed in Cutts, ‘Seventeenth-Century Songs and Lyrics in Edinburgh University Library Music MS. Dc. 1. 69’, MD, 13 (1959), 169-94.

pp. 88, [88bis]

ShW 98: William Shakespeare, The Tempest, V, i, 88-94. Song (‘Where the bee sucks, there suck I’)

Copy of Ariel's song, in a musical setting by Robert Johnson (as edited by John Wilson), the inserted second page (the verso blank) containing three additional stanzas and docketed by Lowe ‘this I had of Madam Trumball at Chalfont: 27 sept. 1676’ and ‘thes supposd to bee made by Mr Smith Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury’.


Drayton's signature as witness to an indenture, leasing land in Polesworth parish to Henry Lakin, also signed by Sir Henry Goodyer, 3 December 1613. 1613.

*DrM 81: Michael Drayton, Document(s)

Discussed in I.A. Shapiro, ‘Drayton at Polesworth’, N&Q, 194 (12 November 1949), 496.