Emmanuel College, Cambridge

MS 68 (I. 3. 16)

A quarto composite volume of verse, prose and dramatic MSS, in several hands, the second item (II) constituting an independent quire of six leaves containing copies of, or extracts from, 14 poems by Donne, in a single minute hand, c.160 leaves, in half-calf marbled boards. c.1630.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) as the ‘Emmanuel College MS’: DnJ Δ 65.

I, ff. 1r-16r

AlW 135: William Alabaster, Elisæis (‘Virgineum mundi decus, augustamque Britannae’)

Copy of Book I, in a roman hand, with (f. ir) a title-page, ‘ELISÆIS Apotheosis poetica’, dedicatory epistle (f. 2r-v) subscribed ‘Gulielmus Albaster’, dedicatory verses (f. 3r), and main text (ff. 4r-16r). c.1600.

This MS collated in O'Connell.

Of Alabaster's unfinished epic ‘Apotheosis poetica’, written probably in 1588-91 and celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth, only Book I survives. The text is preceded by a dedicatory prose epistle to the Queen and by eight lines of dedicatory verse to her beginning ‘Qua sinuat tellus viridans immania terga’. First published, with an English prose translation, as The Elisæis of William Alabaster, ed. and trans. Michael O'Connell, Studies in Philology, 76, No. 5 (Early Winter 1979), 77 pp.

II, f. 3r-v

DnJ 280: John Donne, The Autumnall (‘No Spring, nor Summer Beauty hath such grace’)

Copy, headed ‘Praise of middle age’. c.1620s-30s.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published, as ‘Elegie. The Autumnall’, in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 92-4 (as ‘Elegie IX’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 27-8. Shawcross, No. 50. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 277-8.

II, f. 3v

DnJ 73: John Donne, The Anagram (‘Marry, and love thy Flavia, for, shee’)

Copy of lines 1-16, 35-6, headed ‘Dunns Prayse of an Old woman’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published as ‘Elegie II’ in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 80-2 (as ‘Elegie II’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 21-2. Shawcross, No. 17. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 217-18.

II, ff. 3v-4r

DnJ 3748: John Donne, A Valediction: forbidding mourning (‘As virtuous men passe mildly away’)

Copy, headed ‘His Parting wth his Mrs’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 49-51. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 62-4. Shawcross, No. 31.

II, f. 4r

DnJ 1504: John Donne, His parting from her (‘Since she must go, and I must mourn, come Night’)

Copy of lines 1-4, headed ‘His parting wth her’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published, in a 42-line version as ‘Elegie XIIII’, in Poems (London, 1635). Published complete (104 lines) in Poems (London, 1669). Grierson, I, 100-4 (as ‘Elegie XII’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 96-100 (among her ‘Dubia’). Shawcross, No. 21. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 332-4 (with versions printed in 1635 and 1669 on pp. 335-6 and 336-8 respectively).

II, f. 4r

DnJ 1469: John Donne, The good-morrow (‘I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I’)

Copy, headed ‘To his Mrs’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 7-8. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 70-1. Shawcross, No. 32.

II, f. 4r-v

DnJ 2309: John Donne, The Message (‘Send home my long strayd eyes to mee’)

Copy, headed ‘A Sonnet’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 43. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 30-1. Shawcross, No. 25.

II, f. 4v

DnJ 1983: John Donne, Loves Alchymie (‘Some that have deeper digg'd loves Myne then I’)

Copy, headed ‘Mummy’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 39-40. Gardner, Elegies, p. 81. Shawcross, No. 59.

II, ff. 4v-5r

DnJ 1855: John Donne, The Legacie (‘When I dyed last, and, Deare, I dye’)

Copy, headed ‘A Song’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 20. Gardner, Elegies, p. 50. Shawcross, No. 43.

II, f. 5r

DnJ 2149: John Donne, Loves Progress (‘Who ever loves, if he do not propose’)

Copy of lines 41-64, untitled and here beginning ‘The haire a forrest is of ambushes’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Wit and Drollery (London, 1661). Poems (London, 1669) (as ‘Elegie XVIII’). Grierson, I, 116-19. (as ‘Elegie XVIII’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 16-19. Shawcross, No. 20. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 301-3.

II, ff. 5r-6r

DnJ 2575: John Donne, The Perfume (‘Once, and but once found in thy company’)

Copy, headed ‘Discovered by a Perfume’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published, as ‘Elegie IV’, in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 84-6 (as ‘Elegie IV’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 7-9. Shawcross, No. 10. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 72-3.

II, f. 6r

DnJ 3680: John Donne, Twicknam garden (‘Blasted with sighs, and surrounded with teares’)

Copy of a version of lines 17-22, headed ‘Selecta. In a garden’ and here beginning ‘Make me a fountayne weeping out my yeare’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 28-9. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 83-4. Shawcross, No. 51.

II, f. 6r

DnJ 844: John Donne, The Curse (‘Who ever guesses, thinks, or dreames he knowes’)

Copy of a variant version of lines 14-15, 25-32, here beginning ‘May he for her vertue reverence’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 41-2. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 40-1. Shawcross, No. 61.

II, f. 6r

DnJ 2062: John Donne, Loves diet (‘To what a combersome unwieldinesse’)

Copy of lines 25-30, headed at the side ‘A diet for love’ and here beginning ‘Thus I reclaym'd my Buzard love to flye’.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 55-6. Gardner, Elegies, pp. 45-6. Shawcross, No. 65.

II, f. 6r-v

DnJ 711: John Donne, The Comparison (‘As the sweet sweat of Roses in a Still’)

Copy of lines 1-14, 19-34, untitled.

This MS recorded in Gardner and in Shawcross.

First published, as ‘Elegie’, in Poems (1633). Grierson, I, 90-2 (as ‘Elegie VIII’). Gardner, Elegies, pp. 5-6. Shawcross, No. 9. Variorum, 2 (2000), pp. 51-2.

II, ff. 8r-16v

BrW 254: William Browne of Tavistock, The Inner Temple Masque

Copy, in a cursive hand, on nine quarto leaves.

Edited from this MS in all modern editions.

First published in The Works of William Browne, ed. Thomas Davies (London, 1772). Goodwin, II, 165-90. Edited by R.F. Hill as The Masque of the Inner Temple (Ulysses and Circe), in A Book of Masques in Honour of Allardyce Nicoll (Cambridge, 1967), pp. 179-206.

VI, f. [16v]

MrJ 69: John Marston, Georg IVs DVX BVCkIngaMIae MDCXVVVIII (‘Thy numerous name with this yeare doth agree’)

An anonymous copy.

VI, ff. [17r-19v]

CrR 134: Richard Crashaw, Musicks Duell (‘Now Westward Sol had spent the richest Beames’)

Copy, untitled.

First published, among The Delights of the Muses, in Steps to the Temple (London, 1646). Martin, pp. 149-53.

VI, f. [23r]

BcF 27: Francis Bacon, ‘The world's a bubble, and the life of man’

Copy, headed ‘Sr ffrancis Bacon’.

First published in Thomas Farnaby, Florilegium epigrammatum Graecorum (London, 1629). Poems by Sir Henry Wotton, Sir Walter Raleigh and others, ed. John Hannah (London, 1845), pp. 76-80. Spedding, VII, 271-2. H.J.C. Grierson, ‘Bacon's Poem, “The World”: Its Date and Relation to certain other Poems’, Modern Language Review, 6 (1911), 145-56.

VI, ff. [25v-8r]

RnT 148: Thomas Randolph, In auspicatissimas nuptias Nobilissimi Iuvenis Georgii Goringe (‘When I my serious thoughts had sett’)

Copy, headed ‘In Nuptias Geo. Goringe’, incomplete.

Edited in part from this MS in Moore Smith and in Thorn-Drury.

First published in Alexander B. Grosart, ‘Literary-Finds in Trinity College, Dublin, and Elsewhere’, Englische Studien, 26 (1899), 1-19 (pp. 9-13). Thorn-Drury, pp. 151-6.

See also Introduction.

VI, ff. [28r-30v]

CwT 651: Thomas Carew, A Rapture (‘I will enjoy thee now my Celia, come’)

Copy, headed ‘Caryes rapture’.

First published in Poems (1640). Dunlap, pp. 49-53.

VI, ff. [31r-2r]

CwT 1011: Thomas Carew, To A.L. Perswasions to love (‘Thinke not cause men flatt'ring say’)

Copy, headed ‘To a beautifull Lady perswasions to Loue’.

First published in Poems (1640). Dunlap, pp. 4-6.

VI, f. [32r-v]

CwT 670: Thomas Carew, The second Rapture (‘No worldling, no, tis not thy gold’)

Copy, headed ‘The Epicures parædoxe’.

First published in Poems (1640). Dunlap, pp. 103-4.

VI, f. [33r]

CwT 980: Thomas Carew, The Spring (‘Now that the winter's gone, the earth hath lost’)

Copy, headed ‘A faire yet hard mrs’.

First published in Poems (1640). Dunlap, p. 3.

MS 76 (I. 3. 24)

A quarto volume of writings by and about Sir Thomas More (including ‘The confession of my beliefe’), with a Protestant reader's critical annotations, 115 leaves, in contemporary vellum. Late 16th century.

Inscribed on a flyleaf ‘This booke was fovnde by Rich: Topclyff in Mr Tho: Moares Studdye amonge other bookes at Greenstreet Mr wayfarers hovse when mr Moare was apprhended: the xiijth of Aprll 1582’: i.e. owned by Sir Thomas More's grandson Thomas More of Barnborough, apprehended by Richard Topcliffe (1531-1604), pursuivant and interrogator.

ff. 1r-57r

MrT 75: Sir Thomas More, Nicholas Harpsfield's Life of Sir Thomas More

Copy, in an accomplised hand, untitled.

Edited principally from this MS in Hitchcock & Chambers, described pp.xiii-xv, and the dedicatory epistle to William Roper edited on pp. 3-4.

First published, edited by Elsie Vaughan Hitchcock and R.W. Chambers, as The life and death of Sr Thomas Moore. knight, sometymes Lord high Chancellor of England...by Nicholas Harpsfield (EETS, London, 1932).

MS 80 (I. 3. 28)

A quarto miscellany, largely in a professional secretary hand, i + 59 leaves (plus numerous blanks and some loose papers), in contemporary vellum. Late 16th-early 17th century.

Once owned by the Draycott family.

ff. ir-54v

LeC 48: Anon, Leicester's Commonwealth

Copy, with a title-page, side-notes added in another hand, and subscribed ‘L. Daneidis’.

This MS recorded in Peck, p. 225.

First published as The Copie of a Leter, Wryten by a Master of Arte of Cambrige, to his Friend in London, Concerning some talke past of late betwen two worshipful and graue men, about the present state, and some procedinges of the Erle of Leycester and his friendes in England ([? Rouen], 1584). Soon banned. Reprinted as Leycesters common-wealth (London, 1641). Edited, as Leicester's Commonwealth, by D.C. Peck (Athens, OH, & London, 1985). Although various attributions have been suggested by Peck and others, the most likely author remains Robert Persons (1546-1610), Jesuit conspirator.

f. 56r

HrJ 308: Sir John Harington, A Tragicall Epigram (‘When doome of Peeres & Iudges fore-appointed’)

Copy, headed ‘Sr John Harringtons epigram vppon the deathe of his magesties Mother Mary quen of Scotland’.

First published in 1615. 1618, Book IV, No. 82. McClure No. 336, pp. 280-1. Kilroy, Book III, No. 44, p. 185. This epigram is also quoted in the Tract on the Succession to the Crown (see HrJ 333-5).

f. 56r

HrJ 86: Sir John Harington, In prayse of the Countesse of Darby, married to the Lord Keeper (‘This noble Countesse liued many yeeres’)

Copy, headed ‘The sam Author vppon ye countes of Darby the wiff of ffernando’.

First published in 1618, Book III, No. 47. McClure No. 248, p. 251. Kilroy, Book IV, No. 74, p. 237.

MS 181 (III. 1. 13)

A folio composite volume of tracts and papers, in various hands, 250 leaves, in modern leather.

V, ff. 1r-13v

EsR 126: Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, Apology

Copy, in three or more secretary hands. Early 17th century.

First published, addressed to Anthony Bacon, as An Apologie of the Earle of Essex, against those which jealously and maliciously tax him to be the hinderer of the peace and quiet (London, [1600]), but immediately suppressed. Reprinted in 1603.

VI, pp. 1-156

AlW 259: William Alabaster, (3) A Defence of the Answers to Mr: Alablaster's Four Demands against a Treatise Intituled The Catholic's Reply upon Bedal's Answer to Mr: Alablaster's four Demands

Copy. Early 17th century.

A tract apparently by William Bedell, with a dedication to Ambrose Jermyn dated 25 February 1604/5.

VIII, ff. 52r-69v

AndL 13: Lancelot Andrewes, Sermons

Copy of ‘Sermons by Bish: Andrewes’, in probably four hands, comprising three sermons and five sets of sermon-notes (one a fragment), the texts from Philemon (2: 5-8), Hebrews (10: 28-9), Romans (4: 25; 13: 11-14), John (20: 22-3; 5: 14), Psalms (107: 6), and Luke (15: 1-7). c.1620s.


MS 185 (III. 1. 17)

A folio composite volume of academic Latin plays, in non-professional hands, 114 leaves, in contemporary vellum. Early 17th century.

ff. [64r-78v]

AlW 263: William Alabaster, Roxana

Copy, in a neat italic hand, subscribed ‘ffinis Authore Dct. Alablaster. Collegij quonda Trinitatis Socio’, on fourteen leaves.

First acted at Trinity College, Cambridge c.1595?. First published in London, 1632. A translation by Dana F. Sutton put online in 1998 by the University of California at Irvine.


Autograph annotations and marginalia.

*HvG 117: Gabriel Harvey, Justinian, D. Iustiniani Imp. Institutionum Libri IIII. Francisci Accursii glossis illustrati (Lyons, 1577)

Stern, p. 224.

Peter Sterry MSS 4, p. 182

Extracts, the MS copied or owned by Peter Sterry (1613-72), theologian, Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1636. Mid-17th century.

MnJ 138: John Milton, Extracts

Peter Sterry MSS 289

Copy. Copied or owned by Peter Sterry (1613-72), theologian, Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1636. Mid-17th century.

MnJ 6.5: John Milton, At a solemn Musick (‘Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav'ns joy’)

First published in Poems (1645). Columbia, I, 27-8. Darbishire, II, 132-3. Carey & Fowler, pp. 161-5.

S 14. 2. 3426

Archbishop Sancroft's exemplum, with some autograph corrections by Walton. c.1680.

*WtI 126: Izaak Walton, Love and truth (London, 1680)

Recorded in Nicolas, I, c.

S 14.2.43(4)


*HvG 118: Gabriel Harvey, La Place, Pierre de. Politique Discourses (London, 1578)

S. 14.3.37

A printed exemplum inscribed on an endleaf ‘hir son, I am. J. H. vpo his Mother…’, this text followed by a parody, headed ‘Art thou hir son whi than in the ' We shall the Dams true Image see’, the last line containing an allusion to The Metamorphosis of Ajax. c.1587-1600s.

HrJ 345: Sir John Harington, Contarini, Nicola. De perfectione rerum (Lyon, 1587)