William Alabaster (1568–1640)

Verse

(1) Poems in English

‘The night, the starless night of passion’

Sonnets, p. 1 (No. 1).

AlW 1

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘1’, the page headed ‘Anno dom / 16-27’.

In: Copy of 64 sonnets by William Alabaster, together with a prose meditation (‘An admonition for the morninge’ by Elizabeth Grymeston and an anonymous prayer, in a single secretary hand, on seventeen quarto leaves (plus five blanks), subscribed at the end ‘Finis Anno dni 1628’. Bound with a printed exemplum of Heures en Françoys et en Latin a l'Usage de Rome (Lyon, 1558), in elaborately tooled contemporary calf gilt. 1628.

Later owned by Thomas Baker (1656-1740), Cambridge antiquary. A flyleaf (f. [ir]) inscribed in pencil by Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), book dealer and literary scholar, ascribing the sonnets to Alabaster.

A reproduction of this MS is in the Huntington (FAC 636).

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [2r].

‘What meaneth this, that Christ an hymn did sing’

Sonnets, p. 1 (No. 2).

AlW 2

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘2’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [2r] .

‘Over the brook of Cedron Christ is gone’

Sonnets, p. 2 (No. 3).

AlW 3

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘3’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [2v].

‘What blessed ferryman will undertake’

Sonnets, p. 2 (No. 4).

AlW 4

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘4’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [2v].

‘'Tis not enough over the brook to stride’

Sonnets, p. 3 (No. 5).

AlW 5

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘5’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [3r].

‘Up to Mount Olivet my soul ascend’

Sonnets, p. 3 (No. 6).

AlW 6

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘6’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [3r].

‘What should there be in Christ to give offence?’

Sonnets, p. 4 (No. 7).

AlW 7

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘7’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [3v].

‘Alas, our shepherd now is struck again’

Sonnets, p. 4 (No. 8).

AlW 8

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘8’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [3v].

‘When all forsake, whose courage dare abide?’

Sonnets, p. 5 (No. 9).

AlW 9

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘9’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [4r].

‘Though all forsake thee, lord, yet I will die’

Sonnets, p. 5 (No. 10).

AlW 10

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘1o’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [4r].

‘His death begins within a farm, within’

Sonnets, p. 6 (No. 11).

AlW 11

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘11’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [4v].

‘My sins in multitude to Christ are gone’

First published in J.H. Pollen, ‘William Alabaster, a newly discovered Catholic Poet of the Elizabethan Age’, The Month, Vol. 103, No. 478 (April 1904), pp. 426-30. Sonnets, p. 7 (No. 12).

AlW 12

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘12’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Pollen and in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [4v].

‘My soul within the bed of heaven doth grow’

Sonnets, p. 7 (No. 13).

AlW 13

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘13’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [5r].

‘Doubt not, my tears, how you should so aspire’

Sonnets, p. 8 (No. 14).

AlW 14

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘14’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [5r].

‘My soul a world is by contraction’

Sonnets, p. 8 (No. 15).

AlW 15

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘15’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [5v].

‘Three sorts of tears do from mine eyes distrain’

Sonnets, p. 9 (No. 16).

AlW 16

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘16’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [5v].

‘Jesus, thine eye of pureness doth behold’

Sonnets, p. 9 (No. 17).

AlW 17

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘17’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [6r].

‘My tears are of no vulgar kind I know’

Sonnets, p. 10 (No. 18).

AlW 18

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘18’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [6r].

A Divine Sonnet (‘Jesu, thy love within me is so main’)

First published in John Boys, An Exposition of the Festivall Epistles and Gospels (London, 1613). Sonnets, p. 10 (No. 19).

AlW 19

Copy, headed ‘A divine Sonnet’ and subscribed ‘in Dr Boys's Postill on ye Circumciss. made by a friend of his an accurate poët’.

In: A composite quarto verse miscellany, 199 leaves, in calf. Compiled (and ff. 2-39 written) by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop Canterbury; the rest in other hands. Mid-17th century.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 466, f. 27r.

AlW 20

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘20’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [6v].

‘See how the world doth now anew begin’

Sonnets, p. 11 (No. 20).

AlW 21

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘19’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [6v].

Upon Christ's Saying to Mary ‘Why Weepest Thou?’ (‘I weep two deaths with one tears to lament’)

Sonnets, p. 11 (No. 21).

AlW 22

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of religious verse and prose, dedicated to Thomas Knyvett, including (pp. 90-3 passim) thirteen sonnets by William Alabaster headed ‘Certaine of Arabasters his meditations. Anno 1597’, compiled by Peter Mowle, of Attleborough, Norfolk, 179 leaves, in contemporary calf stamped ‘P.M.’ c.1592-1606.

Inscribed ‘Peter Mowld Junior oweth this Booke Witnesse Edmond Mould Anno 1605’. Formerly MS E. 3. 11 (Shelf RNN3).

Described in McDonald, pp. 29-33. Discussed in Earle Havens, ‘Notes from a Literary Underground: Recusant Catholics, Jesuit Priests, and Scribal Publication in Elizabethan England’, PBSA, 99 (December 2005), 505-38 (p. 529 et seq.)

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

‘Sink down, my soul, into the lowest cell’

Sonnets, p. 12 (No. 22).

AlW 23

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘21’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [7r].

‘Jesus is risen from the infernal mire’

Sonnets, p. 12 (No. 23).

AlW 24

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘22’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [7r].

The Sponge (‘O sweet and bitter monuments of pain’)

First published in Edmond Malone (ed.), The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare (20 vols, 1821), II, 260-3. Sonnets, p. 13 (No. 24).

AlW 25

Copy, headed ‘Son: 1’.

In: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, in several hands, written from both ends (ff. 1-19, then ff. 82-20 rev.), the forty-three sonnets on ff. 1r-11r in a single neat secretary hand and headed ‘Sonetts by Alablaster vppo ye ensignes of Christes Crucifyinge’, iii + 82 leaves (plus three blanks), in contemporary vellum. Early-mid-17th century.

Discovered c.1903 by Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), book dealer and literary scholar. Dobell's sale catalogue No. 106 (1949), item 1.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 1r.

AlW 26

Copy in: A quarto composite miscellany of verse, in English and Latin, compiled by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury, who lived in Cambridge as student and Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1633 to 1651, ii + 115 leaves, in calf. Comprising three separate units: ff. 1r-96v all in Sancroft's hand; ff. 97r-104r in a second hand; and ff. 105r-9r in a third hand. c.1640s [and later].

Including (on ff. 2-23, 27ar-v, 70) 94 Latin poems ascribed to Crashaw (including three of doubtful authorship) and (on ff. 29-41, 43v, 44v-58, 60v, 62v-5v, 67-70v, 72-3, 95-6) 101 English poems (plus a second copy of one of them) attributed to him (including one of doubtful authorship) and (on f. 16r-v) one Greek poem attributed to him; a list of contents on the first page beginning ‘Mr. Crashaw's poems transcrib'd fro his own copie, before the were printed; among wch are some not printed…’.

Cited in IELM as the ‘Sancroft MS’: CrR Δ 1. Crashaw edited in part from this MS, and collated, in Grosart, in Waller and in Martin (cited as T or T5), and discussed in Waller, pp. vi-ix, and in Martin, pp. lviii-lxxiii. Folios 28-34v, 38v-41, 44v, 52v-6 reproduced in facsimile in Steps to the Temple (1970).

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 465, f. 40r.

AlW 27

Copy, headed ‘Upon ye Ensigns of ye crucified Lord’, subscribed ‘Idem’.

In: the MS described under AlW 19. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Malone. Collated in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 466, f. 27v.

AlW 28

Copy, headed ‘Of the passion of Christ’, subscribed ‘SB’.

In: A quarto miscellany of epitaphs and poems, in several hands, the main collection of verse (ff. 46-147) in a single hand and including 54 poems by Donne (all subscribed ‘J. D.’) and fourteen poems by or attributed to Herrick, 158 pages (plus index). c.1630s.

Once owned by the Sir Henry Spelman (1563/4-1641), historian and antiquary, and later by Dawson Turner (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary. Puttick & Simpson's, 6 June 1859 (Turner sale), lot 164. Afterwards owned by Sir George Grey (1812-98), Governor of Australia, New Zealand and Cape Colony. Formerly MS Grey 2 a 11.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as the ‘Grey MS’: DnJ Δ 60 and HeR Δ 6. Facsimile of p. 119r (HeR 355) in L.F. Casson, ‘The Manuscripts of the Grey Collection in Cape Town’, The Book Collector, 10 (Spring 1961), 147-55 (facing p. 153).

National Library of South Africa, Cape Town, MS Grey 7 a 29, p. 147.

AlW 29

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘23’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [7v].

Upon the Crown of Thorns (1) (‘Ay me, that thorns his royal head should wound’)

Sonnets, p. 14 (No. 25).

AlW 30

Copy, headed ‘So: 6. vppo the crowne of Thornes’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 2r.

AlW 31

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘28’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [8v].

Another of the Same (2) (‘The earth, which in delicious Paradise’)

Sonnets, p. 14 (No. 26).

AlW 32

Copy, headed ‘An other of ye same’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 2r.

AlW 33

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘29’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [9r].

Of the Reed that the Jews Set in Our Saviour's Hand (1) (‘Conceive a Lamb that should a kingdom weigh’)

Sonnets, p. 15 (No. 27).

AlW 34

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

Of the Former Argument (2) (‘Long time hath Christ, long time I must confess’)

First published, as ‘On the Reed of Our Lord's Passion’, in Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), p. 348. Sonnets, p. 15 (No. 28).

AlW 35

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Guiney and in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

The Spitting Upon Our Saviour (‘What art, what hand can draw the next disgrace’)

Sonnets, p. 16 (No. 29).

AlW 36

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

Upon the Crucifix (1) (‘Before thy Cross, O Christ, I do present’)

Sonnets, p. 16 (No. 30).

AlW 37

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

Upon St. Paul to the Corinthians (‘Behold a conduit that from heaven doth run’)

Sonnets, p. 17 (No. 31).

AlW 38

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

Upon the Crucifix (2) (‘Behold a cluster to itself a vine’)

Sonnets, p. 17 (No. 32).

AlW 39

Copy, headed ‘So: 5 vppo ye Crucifix’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 1v.

AlW 40

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘27’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [8v].

Ego Sum Vitis (‘Now that the midday heat doth scorch my shame’)

Sonnets, p. 18 (No. 33).

AlW 41

Copy, headed ‘So. 8. Ego Jam vitis’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 2r-v.

AlW 42

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘30’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [9r].

Upon the Crucifix (3) (‘Now I have found thee, I will evermore’)

First published in J.H. Pollen, ‘William Alabaster, a newly discovered Catholic Poet of the Elizabethan Age’, The Month, Vol. 103, No. 478 (April 1904), pp. 426-30. Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), p. 348. Sonnets, p. 18 (No. 34).

AlW 43

Copy, headed ‘Son: 13. vppo the Crucifix’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 3r.

AlW 44

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘35’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Pollen Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [10v].

Upon St. Augustine's Meditations (‘When to the closet of thy prayers divine’)

First published in J.P. Collier, A History of English Dramatic Poetry, 3 vols (London, 1831), II, 431-3. Sonnets, p. 19 (No. 35).

AlW 45

Copy, headed ‘So: 2. vppo St Augustines Meditationes’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 1r.

AlW 46

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘24’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [7v].

AlW 47

Copy in: A miscellany. Alleged by Collier to contain seventeen sonnets by William Alabaster, sermons by Donne, King, etc., and ‘a collection of miscellaneous poems, chiefly upon sacred subjects, collected in the reign of James I’. The sermons are possibly the ‘Merton MS’ (Bodleian, MS Eng. th. c. 71). The Alabaster and other poems are not identified, but the MS may have been genuine. 17th century.

Owned by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger, who claims to have ‘lent the MS, to a clergyman’, when, in transit, ‘Alabaster's sonnets accidentally escaped’. The clergyman, who received only the sermons, was John Hannah (1818-88), archdeacon, schoolmaster and man of letters.

This MS, or MSS, discussed by Collier in his History of English Dramatic Poetry, 3 vols (London, 1831), II, 431-3, and in his Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books, 2 vols (London, 1865), I, i*, and by Hannah in his edition of Henry King's Poems and Psalms (Oxford, 1843), p. xxx. See also Sonnets of William, Alabaster (1959), pp. xlvii-xlviii.

Edited allegedly from this MS in Collier, History.

Untraced, [Collier MS (II)], [unspecified page numbers].

‘To style Christ's praise with heavenly muse's wing’

Sonnets, p. 19 (No. 36).

AlW 48

Copy, headed ‘So: 3’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 1r.

AlW 49

Copy, headed ‘Of Christ’, subscribed ‘SB’.

In: the MS described under AlW 28. c.1630s.

National Library of South Africa, Cape Town, MS Grey 7 a 29, p. 147.

AlW 50

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘25’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [8r].

To the Blessed Virgin (‘Hail graceful morning of eternal day’)

Sonnets, p. 20 (No. 37).

AlW 51

Copy, headed ‘So: 4 to ye blessed vergine’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 1v.

AlW 52

Copy, headed ‘of the Virgin Marys conception’, subscribed ‘finis S.B’.

In: the MS described under AlW 28. c.1630s.

National Library of South Africa, Cape Town, MS Grey 7 a 29, p. 146.

AlW 53

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘26’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [8r].

The Eternity (‘Eternity, the womb of things created’)

Sonnets, p. 20 (No. 38).

AlW 54

Copy, headed ‘So. 9. The Eternety’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 2v.

AlW 55

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘31’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [9v].

To Christ (1) (‘See how the Sun unsetting doth uphold’)

Sonnets, p. 21 (No. 39).

AlW 56

Copy, headed ‘So: 10. To Crist’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 2v.

AlW 57

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘32’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [9v].

To Christ (2) (‘Like as thy winged spirits always stand’)

Sonnets, p. 21 (No. 40).

AlW 58

Copy, headed ‘Son: ij. To Crist’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 2v-3r.

AlW 59

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘33’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [10r].

‘Lo here I am, lord, whither wilt thou send me?’

Sonnets, p. 22 (No. 41).

AlW 60

Copy, headed ‘Son: 12’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 3r.

AlW 61

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘34’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [10r].

‘O holy mother, New Jerusalem’

Sonnets, p. 23 (No. 42).

AlW 62

Copy, headed ‘Son: i4’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 3v.

AlW 63

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘36’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [10v].

‘Thrice happy souls and spirits unbodied’

Sonnets, p. 24 (No. 43).

AlW 64

Copy, headed ‘Son: 15’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 3v.

AlW 65

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘37’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [11r].

‘O starry temple of unvaulted space’

Sonnets, p. 24 (No. 44).

AlW 66

Copy, headed ‘Son: 16.’

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 3v-4r.

AlW 67

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘38’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [11r].

‘Holy, holy, holy, lord unnamed’

Sonnets, p. 25 (No. 45).

AlW 68

Copy, headed ‘Son: 17’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 4r.

AlW 69

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘39’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [11v].

Of His Conversion (‘Away, fear, with thy projects, no false fire’)

First published (with errors) in J.P. Collier, A History of English Dramatic Poetry (London, 1831), II, 431-3. Sonnets, p. 26 (No. 46).

AlW 70

Copy, headed ‘Son: 18’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, Athenaeum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-8. Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 4r.

AlW 71

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘40’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [11v].

AlW 72

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 47. 17th century.

Edited allegedly from this MS in Collier, History, whence collated in Sonnets.

Untraced, [Collier MS (II)], [unspecified page numbers].

‘My friends, whose kindness doth their judgements blind’

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Sonnets, p. 27 (No. 47).

AlW 73

Copy, headed ‘Son: 32’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 8r-v.

AlW 74

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘53’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [15r].

‘Lord, I have left all and myself behind’

Sonnets, p. 27 (No. 48).

AlW 75

Copy, headed ‘Son: 19’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 4v.

AlW 76

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘41’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [12r].

‘Dear, and so worthy both by your desert’

Sonnets, p. 28 (No. 49).

AlW 77

Copy, headed ‘Son: 20’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 4v.

AlW 78

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘42’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [12r].

To His Sad Friend (‘Can my restraint, which worketh me delight’)

Sonnets, p. 28 (No. 50).

AlW 79

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

Captivity Great Liberty to the Servants of God (‘Unbalanced irresolution’)

Sonnets, p. 29 (No. 51).

AlW 80

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

‘Shall I confess my sins? Then help me tell:’

Sonnets, p. 29 (No. 52).

AlW 81

Copy, headed ‘Son: 21’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 4v-5r.

AlW 82

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘43’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [12v].

A Preface to the Incarnation (‘I sing of Christ, O endless argument’)

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Sonnets, p. 30 (No. 53).

AlW 83

Copy, headed ‘Son: 22. A preface to ye Incarnation’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 5r.

AlW 84

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘44’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [12v].

Incarnationem Ratione Probare Impossibile (‘Two, yet but one, which either other is’)

AlW 85

Copy, headed ‘Son: 23’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 5r, 6v.

AlW 86

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘45’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [13r].

Incarnationis Prufundum Mysterium (‘The unbounded sea of the Incarnation!’)

First published, as ‘The Mystery’, in Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), p. 347. Sonnets, p. 31 (No. 55).

AlW 87

Copy, headed ‘Son: 24. Incarnationis profundu mysteriu’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 6v.

AlW 88

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘46’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS, as ‘The Mystery’, in I.I. Guiney (ed.), Recusant Poets: More to Jonson (1938), pp. 335-49. This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [13r].

Incarnatio est Maximum Dei Donum (‘Like as the fountain of all light created’)

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Sonnets, p. 31 (No. 56).

AlW 89

Copy, headed ‘Son: 25. Incarnatio est maximu Dei donu’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Dobell and in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 6v.

AlW 90

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘47’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [13v].

Exaltatio Humanae Naturae (‘Humanity, the field of miseries’)

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-7. As ‘Sons of God’ in Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), p 347. Sonnets, p. 32 (No. 57).

AlW 91

Copy, headed ‘Son: 26. Exaltatio humanæ Naturæ’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Dobell and in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 7r.

AlW 92

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘48’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

Edited from this MS in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, The Athenæum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-, and in Louise I. Guiney (ed.), Recusant Poets: More to Jonson (1938), pp. 335-49. Collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [13v].

Christus Recapitulatio Omnium (‘Long time the parcels of created glory’)

Sonnets, p. 32 (No. 58).

AlW 93

Copy, headed ‘Son: 27. Christus recapitulatio omniu’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 7r.

AlW 94

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘49’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [14r].

Veni Mittere Ignem (‘God longed for man's love, and down was sent’)

Sonnets, p. 33 (No. 59).

AlW 95

Copy, headed ‘Son: 28 Veni mittere igne’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 7r-8r.

AlW 96

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘50’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [14r].

Convenientia Incarnationis (‘To free our nature from captivity’)

Sonnets, p. 33 (No. 60).

AlW 97

Copy, headed ‘Son: 29. Convesi dutia Incarnationis’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 7v.

AlW 98

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘64’, subscribed ‘finis / Anno dom 1628’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [17v].

Incarnatio Divini Amoris Argumentum (‘God was in love with man, and sued then’)

Sonnets, p. 34 (No. 61).

AlW 99

Copy, headed ‘Son: 30. Incarnatio divini inporis et argumentio’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 7v.

AlW 100

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘51’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [14v].

Omnia Propter Christum Facta (‘God and man, though in this amphitheatre’)

Sonnets, p. 34 (No. 62).

AlW 101

Copy, headed ‘Son: 31. Omnia pepter Christu facta’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 8r.

AlW 102

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘52’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [14v].

‘The first beginning of creation’

Sonnets, p. 35 (No. 63).

AlW 103

Copy, headed ‘Son: 33’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 8v.

AlW 104

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘54’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [15r].

‘Jesu, the handle of the world's great ball’

Sonnets, p. 35 (No. 64).

AlW 105

Copy, headed ‘Son: 34.’

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, ff. 8v-9r.

AlW 106

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘55’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [15v].

‘Why put he on the web of human nature’

Sonnets, p. 36 (No. 65).

AlW 107

Copy, headed ‘Son: 35’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 9r.

AlW 108

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘56’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [15v].

‘By what glass of resemblance may we see’

Sonnets, p. 36 (No. 66).

AlW 109

Copy, headed ‘Son: 36’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 9r.

AlW 110

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘57’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [16r].

‘That power that tied God and man in one’

Sonnets, p. 37 (No. 67).

AlW 111

Copy, headed ‘Son: 37’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 9v.

AlW 112

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘58’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [16r].

A Morning Meditation (1) (‘Mine eyes are open, yet perceive I nought’)

Sonnets, p. 38 (No. 68).

AlW 113

Copy, headed ‘Son: 38. A morning meditatione’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 9v.

AlW 114

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

AlW 115

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘59’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [16v].

Of the Motions of the Fiend (‘With heat and cold I feel the spiteful fiend’)

Sonnets, p. 38 (No. 69).

AlW 116

Copy, headed ‘Son: 39’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 10r.

AlW 117

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

AlW 118

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘60’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [16v].

A Morning Meditation (2) (‘The sun begins upon my heart to shine’)

First published in Bertram Dobell, ‘The Sonnets of William Alabaster’, Athenaeum, No. 3974 (26 December 1903), pp. 856-8. Sonnets, p. 39 (No. 70).

AlW 119

Copy, headed ‘son: 40’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Dobell and in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 10r.

AlW 120

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

AlW 121

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘61’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [17r].

The Difference 'twixt Compunction and Cold Devotion in Beholding the Passion of Our Saviour (‘When without tears I look on Christ, I see’)

Sonnets, p. 39 (No. 71).

AlW 122

Copy, headed ‘Son: 41’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 10v.

AlW 123

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

AlW 124

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘62’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [17r].

‘Dull heart, how shall I into thee beat’

Sonnets, p. 40 (No. 72).

AlW 125

Copy, headed ‘Son: 42’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 10v.

‘O wretched man, the knot of contraries’

Sonnets, p. 40 (No. 73).

AlW 126

Copy, headed ‘Son: 43’.

In: the MS described under AlW 25. Early-mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 57, f. 11r.

‘Jesus is born. Peace, such high words forbear’

Sonnets, p. 41 (No. 74).

AlW 127

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of verse and some prose, 129 leaves, in half-vellum on marbled boards. Compiled and largely written by William Fulman (1632-88), Oxford antiquary. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 9r.

A New Year's Gift to my Saviour (‘Ho, God be here, is Christ, my lord, at leisure?’)

First published in Edmond Malone (ed.), The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare (20 vols, 1821), II, 260-3. Sonnets, p. 41 (No. 75).

AlW 128

Copy, subscribed ‘Dr Alablaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 26. c.1640s [and later].

Edited from this MS in Malone. Collated in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 465, f. 40r.

AlW 129

Copy, headed ‘A New-years-Gift to my Savior’, subscribed ‘Dr. Alablaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 19. Mid-17th century.

This MS collated in Sonnets.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 466, f. 27v.

AlW 130

Copy, subscribed ‘William Alabaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 9v.

An Invective Against Calvin (‘Satan, the emperor of blind-born night’)

Sonnets, p. 42 (No. 76).

AlW 131

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 22. c.1592-1606.

Edited from this MS in Sonnets.

Oscott College, MS, shelf RZZ 3, case B. II, pp. 90-3 passim.

St. John the Evangelist (‘High towering eagle, rightly may thy feast’)

First published in J.H. Pollen, ‘William Alabaster, a newly discovered Catholic Poet of the Elizabethan Age’, The Month, Vol. 103, No. 478 (April 1904), pp. 426-30. Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), p. 349. Sonnets, p. 42 (No. 77).

AlW 132

Copy, the sonnet numbered ‘63’.

In: the MS described under AlW 1. 1628.

St John's College, Cambridge, T.9.30, f. [17v].

(2) Poems in Latin and English Translations

Elisæis (‘Virgineum mundi decus, augustamque Britannae’)

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.

AlW 133

Copy of Book I, wi 133th added title-page: ‘Elisaeis Apotheosis poetica siue de florentissmo Imperio et rebus gesiis augustiss Cinuictis simæ Principis Elizabethæ Dei gratia Angliæ Franciæ et Hiberniæ Reginæ Poematis in duodecim Libros tribuendi. Liber Primus. Authore Gulielmo Alabastro Cantabrigiensi Coll: Trin: Carmen amat quisquis carmine digna gerit’, lacking the dedicatory epistle and dedicatory verses, with alterations in another italic hand.

In: A quarto MS of poems by William Alabaster, 22 leaves, in marbled boards. Chiefly in a stylish semi-calligraphic roman hand (ff. 2r-22r), the rest of ff. 22r-23r in two other hands, possibly prepared as a presentation copy, with a title-page added in yet another stylish hand. c.1590s.

Edited principally from this MS in O'Connell.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, ff. 2v-15v.

AlW 134

Copy of Book I, lines 1-263, with dedicatory epistle (subscribed ‘Gulielmus Alabaster’) and dedicatory verses, the sidenotes in a separate column. c.1600s.

In: A quarto volume of Latin poems, 9 leaves, ff. 2r-9r in a single largely secretary hand, with additions in a largely roman hand on f. 9v, in modern brown calf (rebacked). Early-mid-17th century.

Later owned by the Rev. Thomas Corser, FSA (1793-1876), book collector.

This MS collated in O'Donnell.

Chetham's Library, Mun. A.3.48, ff. 5r-9r.

AlW 135

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.

In: 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.

This MS collated in O'Connell.

Emmanuel College, Cambridge, MS 68 (I. 3. 16), I, ff. 1r-16r.

AlW 136

Copy of Book I, with dedicatory epistle and verses to Queen Elizabeth, in an italic hand, inscribed (f. 17v) in another hand ‘Elizeis A Latin Poem on Queen Elizabeth’, seventeen folio leaves (plus four blanks), in later calf gilt. Early 17th century.

Later owned by The Rev. Richard Farmer, FSA (1735-97), Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, literary scholar. His sale, 7 May-16 June 1798, lot 8029, to Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Sotheby's, 1836 (Heber sale, Part XI), lot 109, to Thomas Thorpe. His ‘Catalogue of upward of fourteen hundred manuscripts’ (1836), item 8. Bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscript collector: Phillipps MS 9027. Sotheby's, 1893 (Phillipps sale), lot 2, to J. Dixon; probably resold at Sotheby's, 1910, lot 293, to Maggs. Donated in January 1914 by Professor Frederic Ives Carpenter.

This MS collated in O'Connell and the dedicatory epistle and dedicatory verses edited from this MS. Photostats of the MS are in the Folger PR 1405 A4.

Newberry Library, Chicago, Case MS fY 682 A3.

‘Jana reciprocornis, origo mensis et anni’

Sutton, pp. 2-3 (No. I), with translation.

AlW 137

Copy, in a stylish italic hand, untitled, subscribed ‘Gulielmus Allab<>’, on one side of a half-folio leaf, dated in the top corner 1583, slightly imperfect. 1583.

In: A folio composite volume of letters sent to William Camden by numerous correspondents, with some of his replies, 394 leaves (plus a later table of contents), in modern crushed morocco gilt.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Cotton MS Julius C. V, f. 23r.

‘Drake pererrati novit quem terminus orbis’

Sutton, pp. 2-3 (No. II), with translation.

‘Musa salutatrix, pernicis digere pennæ’

Sutton, pp. 4 -7 (No. VI), with translation.

*AlW 138

Neatly written autograph verses in Latin, incorporated in Alabaster's letter to Egerton.

In: Autograph letter by William Alabaster. 1596.

Edited from this MS in Sutton, with a translation into English. Another translation in J.S. Alabaster, p. 155.

Huntington, EL 428, Verse contents.

‘Seu Stillam, seu te Stellam appellare placebit’

Sutton, pp. 6-7 (No. VII), with translation.

AlW 139

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 8r.

‘Quæ vivens omni fuerat dignissima laude’

Sutton, pp. 6-7 (No. VIII), with translation.

AlW 140

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 8r.

‘Relligio, sincera fides, immobilis ardor’

Sutton, pp. 6-7 (No. IX), with translation.

AlW 141

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 8r-v.

‘Cælum inter terramque gravis contentio cæpit’

Sutton, pp. 8-9 (No. X), with translation.

AlW 142

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 8v.

‘ hic matrum matrona jacet; prælatis imago’

Sutton, pp. 8-9 (No. XI), with translation.

‘Quisquis amas, animi fractos dimittere fasces’

Sutton, pp. 8-9 (No. XIII), with translation.

In Phillipvm Mornævm (‘Quid male relligio meruit, gentilibus armis’)

Sutton, pp. 10-11 (No. XIII), with translation.

*AlW 143

Autograph, in a stylish italic hand, subscribed ‘Gulielmus Alabaster Cantabr: Col: Trin’. On the back of a small printed leaf, possibly from the Preface to François de Neufville's De l'origine et institution des festes et sollenites ecclesiastiques (1582). c.1582.

Maggs's sale catalogue No. 449 (1924), item 4. Formerly Folger MS 1259.5.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Folger, MS X.d.214.

‘Barbarus est quisquis scribendo sive loquendo’

Sutton, pp. 10-11 (No. XIV), with translation.

AlW 144

Copy, in a third roman hand.

In: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 22v rev.

In spicam vacvam Garnetti imagine signatam qvæ pro miracvlo habita est (‘Monstrandam pictor quoties incumbit in artem’)

Sutton, pp. 10-11 (No. XV), with translation.

AlW 145

Copy in: A quarto composite volume comprising (ff. 1r-4r) a booklet of poems by William Alabaster in a neat italic hand, bound with (ff. 5r-18r) an anonymous Latin verse adaptation of Aesop's Fables in another hand, in later vellum. The first booklet entitled ‘Epigrammata Authore Gulielmi Alabastro S. Theologiæ Professore:’.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, ff. 1v-2r.

AlW 146

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 18r.

Upon a Conference in Religion between John Reynolds then a Papist, and his Brother William Reynolds then a Protestant (‘Bella inter geminos plusquam civilia fratres’)

First published in J.J. Smith, The Cambridge Portfolio (London, 1840), pp. 183-6. Sutton, p. 12-13 (No. XVI).

AlW 147

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS c0llated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 1r.

AlW 148

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 17r-v.

AlW 149

Copy, in a neat hand, untitled, on a single folio leaf. Early 17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of historical and miscellaneous papers, in various hands, 324 leaves, in 18th-century quarter-vellum marbled boards.

A deleted inscription inside the front cover, ‘This book I give to the Bodleyan Library after my decease...Aug. 3, 1710’, written by the volume's compiler Thomas Hearne (1678-1735), Oxford antiquary.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 399, f. 199r.

AlW 150

Copy, headed ‘Dr Reynolds a Papist in his younger daies, his brother W. Reynolds a Protestant, they dispute Wm turner a Jesuited Papist, John a zealous Protestant. On wth this Epigram’, and subscribed ‘Dr Alablaster’, on a quarto leaf. Early 17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of verse and academic plays, in English and Latin, in various hands, 493 leaves, now in two volumes, foliated 1-250 and 251-493 respectively. Partly compiled by Archbishop Sancroft.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 306, Vol. I, f. 138r.

AlW 151

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of largely religious ballads, in one or possibly more cursive secretary hands, 60 leaves, in modern half black morocco. c.early 1600s.

Later owned by Benjamin Heywood Bright (1830-84), merchant and author. Sotheby's, 18 June 1844 (Bright sale), lot 188.

British Library, Add. MS 15225, f. 7r.

AlW 152

Copy, headed ‘Epigr: in duos fratres disputantes, alterum Papistam, Protestante alterum, et sese inuicem convertentes’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, entitled Juvenilia Ludicra, in a single small mixed hand, 103 leaves, all now window mounted in a quarto volume, in 19th-century half morocco. Probably compiled by a Cambridge University man. c.1630s.

Inscribed in engrossed lettering (f. 1r) ‘E Libris Richard Sutclif’. Later owned by Benjamin Heywood Bright (1830-84), merchant and author. Sotheby's, 18 June 1844 (Bright sale), lot 194.

British Library, Add. MS 15227, f. 7r.

AlW 153

Copy, untitled, subscribed ‘Allablaster’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, almost entirely in a single neat secretary hand, the first page formally inscribed ‘To the righte honoble: the Lorde Thomas Darcy Viscount Colchester’ (c.1565-1640, Viscount Colchester from 1621 to 1626), 191 leaves, in modern half-morocco. Including 27 poems (and second copies of two poems) by Thomas Carew and three of doubtful authorship. c.1620s.

This MS largely transcribed in British Library, Add. MS 21433. The hand occurs also in British Library, Harley MS 3910, between ff. 112v and 120v, and is possibly associated with the Inns of Court.

Scribbled inscriptions including (f. 1r) ‘Mr John Bowyer’; (f. 2r) ‘Jeronomus ffox’; and (f. 3r) ‘William Ralph Baesh’.

Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Colchester MS’: CwT Δ 13.

British Library, Add. MS 25303, f. 91v.

AlW 154

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 153. c.1620s.

British Library, Add. MS 25303, f. 92r.

AlW 155

Copy, untitled, subscribed ‘Allablaster’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, in several largely italic hands, closely written, 148 leaves (plus blanks), in modern quarter morocco gilt. Probably compiled by university or inns of court men. c.1620s-30s.

British Library, Harley MS 3910, f. 51v.

AlW 156

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 10v.

AlW 157

Copy, headed ‘In fratres Reynoldos Carmen Henricium’, subscribed ‘Doctor Allablaster’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, largely in a predominantly secretary hand, another hand on ff. 85r-7v, 95v-6r, xiii pages + 104 leaves (including blanks, but lacking ff. 7-9, 54-5, 95), with a table of contents (pp. 1-6), in modern calf, gilt-edged. Compiled by University or Inns of Court men. c.1630s.

Inscribed (f. [104v] ‘Thomas White His Book May ye 20 Anno Domine 1691’. Later owned by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps and in his library at Warwick Castle. Formerly Folger MS 1.21.

Folger, MS V.a.96, f. 3r-v.

AlW 158

Copy, headed ‘De Doctoribus Reynolds; qui contrariæ inter se opinionis, alter in alterius fecessit partem’, inscribed at the side ‘Dr. Alabasster’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, pp. 13-244 in a single largely roman hand, the remainder in varying styles in one or more other hands (up to c.1655), probably associated with Oxford University, 541 pages (of which pp. 1-12, 87-8 have been extracted and pp. 251-68, 334, 400, 410-540 are blank, with stubs of other extracted leaves at the end), in contemporary brown calf. Including 15 poems (plus one of uncertain authorship) by Corbett and 57 poems (plus a second copy of one poem and four poems of doubtful authorship) by Strode. c.1630s[-55].

Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: possibly his MS 18123. Owned c.1903 by Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), literary scholar and bookseller. Formerly MS 646.4.

Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Dobell MS’: CoR Δ 8 and StW Δ 18A. Discussed in Bertram Dobell in The Athenaeum, No. 4475 (2 August 1913), p. 112. A complete microfilm is at the University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Mic S 23).

Folger, MS V.a.170, p. 177.

AlW 159

Copy, headed Deduobus Reynoldis S: T: D: Dribus: qui contrariæ inter se opinionis, alter in alterius Secessit partem, subscribed Dr Alablaster.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, in a single neat secretary hand, probably associated with Oxford and afterwards with the Inns of Court, 73 leaves (plus a few blanks and a modern index). Including 40 poems by Strode and two poems of doubtful authorship. c.1630s.

Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9510. (Phillipps sale, lot 1015.) Owned c.1903 by Bertram Dobell (1842-1914). Percy Dobell's sale catalogue No. 68 (1941), item 342. Formerly MS 4201. 27. 1.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993), as the ‘Dobell MS II’: StW Δ 19. Formerly Folger MS 1.27.42.

Folger, MS V.a.245, f. 50r.

AlW 160

Copy, headed ‘Carmina inter duos fratres Reynoldes Oxon:’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, with later accounts on the last page dated June 1658, 1* + 238 pages (including stubs of extracted pages 191-6, plus numerous blanks), in old calf (rebacked). Including 11 poems by Carew and 14 poems by Randolph. c.1630s-40s.

Inscribed ‘Jane Wheeler’ and ‘Tho: Oliver Busfield’. Francis Quarles's poem (pp. 209-11) ‘To ye two partners of my heart Mr John Wheeler, and Mr Symon Tue’. Item 96 in an unidentified sale catalogue. Formerly Folger MS 2071.6.

A ‘Jo. Wheeler’ signed the Christ Church, Oxford, disbursement books for 1641-3 (xii, b.85 and 86).

Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Wheeler MS’: CwT Δ 25 and RnT Δ 7.

Folger, MS V.a.322, p. 66.

AlW 161

Copy, in a non-professional cursive hand, on a single folio leaf of ‘Verses by Dr W. Alabaster’.

In: A large folio composite volume of state papers, letters and speeches, in English and Latin prose and verse, in various hands, 58 items, i + 449 leaves.

Given by William Moore.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 73/40, f. 335r.

AlW 162

Copy of a version headed ‘In fratres Reynoldos carmen Heroicum’ and beginning ‘Bella inter ambiguus Religionis apex’, subscribed ‘Doctor Allabaster’, and followed (f. 2v) by Holland's translation, ‘Englished’, here beginning ‘Bewixt twoe brethren civill warre and worse’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, written in alternating secretary and italic scripts, probably in a single hand; foliated in ink 1-32 and paginated in pencil 33-96, 32 leaves (lacking final leaf). Including nine poems by Randolph, plus two of doubtful authorship. c.1630s.

Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 10110. Bookplate of Robert Hoe (1839-1909), New York businessman and book collector.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993), as the ‘Huntington MS’: RnT Δ 9. Complete microfilm at the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham (Mic S 15).

This MS collated in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 172, f. 2r-v.

AlW 163

Copy, headed ‘Inter Papistam et Puritanum fratres’.

In: A quarto MS of unattributed poems, each in a Latin and English version, on 37 pages (plus 20 blank leaves), lacking the upper cover, the lower cover in contemporary(?) speckled calf with gilt initials ‘I C’. In a large, neat, rounded hand, probably professional, the Latin verse in roman, the English verse in mixed secretary and italic. Early 17th century.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 3.

AlW 164

Copy in an unidentified italic hand, written on a page among other verses (on ff. 183v-177r) at the reverse end of Dering's journal.

In: A large quarto journal and commonplace book (c.26 x 19.5 cm) compiled in 1656-62 by Sir Edward Dering (1625-84) of Surrenden, Kent, including notes relating to 1638 and 1649, 188 leaves (including numerous blanks), in contemporary calf. c.1656-62 (with possibly earlier entries).

Later owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscript collector: Phillipps MS 18191. Sotheby's, 26 June 1974, lot 2901 (with a facsimile of the page for 17-23 November 1658 in the sale catalogue).

This MS collated in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 41536, f. 182v rev.

AlW 165

Copy, headed ‘De Vno Gulielmo & Dno Johanne Reynolds, qui in diversa fide educati; intricem disputando à fide suâ averlebant. 1639’, subscribed ‘Dr. Alabaster’.

In: An octavo miscellany of English and Latin verse and prose, predominantly in a single small hand, 42 leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled by a twenty-year-old Oxford University graduate. 1670.

Sotheby's, 28 November 1972, lot 302.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt 38, f. 36v.

AlW 166

Copy, headed ‘By Doctor Alabaster who had made tryall of both religiones ane Epigram, upon doctor [R]einold his turning protestant by his brothers argumts and his brother William who being convinced by the reasons of his said brother be came a virulent and violent papist’. Early 17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of ecclesiastical and state papers from 1586 to 1709, in several hands, 228 leaves, rebound in two volumes in modern cloth.

Among the working papers and collections of Robert Wodrow (1679-1734), ecclesiastical historian.

National Library of Scotland, MS Wod Fol. XXVIII, f. 219r.

AlW 167

Copy of the ‘Epigram’ as by ‘Dr. Alabaster’.

In: A single quarto leaf relating to ‘The Story of ye two Reynolds’, in an italic hand, the leaf once folded as a letter or packet. c.1700?.

University of Nottingham, Pw V 1227, f. [1r].

AlW 167.5

Copy, untitled.

In: A quarto composite miscellany of verse and prose, in various hands, probably associated with the University of Cambridge, 352 pages (including 35 blanks), in 19th-century boards. Erroneously described in 1965 as a commonplace book of the poet Robert Herrick. The so-called ‘Herrick hand’ responsible for complete poems or substantial passages on pp. 73-4, 102-3, 253, 312-13, 319-21, 323, 328 and 343, this hand also responsible for corrections and brief insertions in both verse and prose on pp. 55-6, 58-60, 68, 71, 75-6, 78, 83, 89, 91, 93, 97, 99. 108-9, 203, 266, 285, 291, 348 and 350. c.1612-24.

Scribbling on front- and end-leaves including ‘Georgius Cantuarien’, ‘Thomas Hobson’ [?the Cambridge Carrier], ‘Benjamin Broadeface’, ‘To my very long friend mr John Bond’, ‘To the right reuerend ffather in God George Archbyshop of Canterbury his grace’, ‘Whereas the Bearer hereof Thomas Hall hath serued his sixe weekes…’, ‘To the right honor Sr Tho: Moore Whereas the Bearer hereof John Tis[?]sdale’, ‘Williamson’ and ‘Phillip de Maceden’. Puttick and Simpson's, 30 May 1849, lot 158 (erroneously described as a commonplace book of George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury). Afterwards in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscript collector: Phillipps MS 12341*. Sotheby's, 29 June 1965, lot 146 (as Herrick's commonplace book). House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman), New York, sale catalogue No. 65 (1965), with facsimile page as frontispiece. Formerly Ms File/(Herrick, R)/Works B.

Also facsimiles of p. 323 in the Sotheby's sale catalogue (frontispiece) and of p. 253 (as if in Herrick's hand) in Croft, Autograph Poetry, I, 33. Facsimile of all the verse in the MS (viz. pp. 63-83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93,95, 97, 99, 101-3, 105-9, 113-17, 251-3, 277-82, 291, 317-21, 323, 325-43, 345-50), together with a transcript, in Norman K. Farmer, Jr, ‘Poems from a Seventeenth-century Manuscript with the Hand of Robert Herrick’, Texas Quarterly, 16, No. 4 (Supplement) (Winter 1973), 1-185. Microfilm of the complete MS in the British Library, M/751.

The MS discussed by Farmer in loc. cit. and in ‘Robert Herrick's Commonplace Book? Some Observations and Questions’, PBSA, 66 (1972), 21-34; in P.J. Croft's critical comments on Farmer's articles in ‘To the Editor’, PBSA, 66 (1972), 421-6, and (correcting Farmer's published transcript of the text) in ‘Errata in “Poems from a Seventeenth-Century Manuscript”’, TQ, 19 (1976), 160-73; and in Farmer's ‘A Reply to Mr P. Croft’, TQ, 19 (1976), 174. Reasons for rejecting Herrick's alleged association are presented in the Introduction above, under The Texas ‘Herrick’ Manuscript.

University of Texas at Austin, HRC 79, p. 103.

Upon a Conference in Religion between John Reynolds then a Papist, and his Brother William Reynolds then a Protestant (‘Between two Bretheren Civil warres and worse’)

A translation of Alabaster's Latin poem by Hugh Holland. Sutton, p. 13.

AlW 168

Copy of the English translation by Holland, headed ‘In duos Reginaldas fratres inter de relligione certantes et in Contrarice’, here beginning ‘Betwixt two brothers...’, subscribed ‘per Gulielmus Alablaster’.

In: A large folio composite verse miscellany, chiefly folio, partly quarto, 243 pages, in contemporary calf. Including 18 poems by Carew and two of doubtful authorship, compiled by Nicholas Burghe (d.1670), Royalist Captain during the Civil War and one of the poor Knights of Windsor in 1661 (references to ‘I Nicholas Burgh’ occurring on ff. 165r, with the date ‘3d of June 1638’, and 166r, and his name partly in cipher on other pages); predominantly in his hand, with some later additions in other hands. c.1638.

Afterwards owned by Elias Ashmole (1617-92), astrologer and antiquary.

Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Burghe MS’: CwT Δ 1.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 74.

AlW 169

Copy, in a neat hand, untitled, on a single folio leaf. Early 17th century.

In: the MS described under AlW 149.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 399, f. 199r.

AlW 170

Copy of Holland's English translation, headed ‘Strife [above Warres] more then civil 'twixt two brethren’ and subscribed ‘Dr Alablastr’, on a quarto leaf. Early 17th century.

In: the MS described under AlW 150.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 306, Vol. I, f. 138r.

AlW 171

Copy in: A folio volume of miscellaneous and historical tracts and papers, chiefly written by Robert Nalson, 607 leaves.

Owned by another Robert Nalson in 1686 and later by Edward Taylor.

Bodleian, MS Top. Cheshire. c. 6, f. 458r.

AlW 172

Copy, headed ‘Engl: by Ben: Johnson’.

In: the MS described under AlW 151. c.early 1600s.

British Library, Add. MS 15225, f. 7r.

AlW 173

Copy, subscribed ‘Hughe Holland’.

In: the MS described under AlW 153. c.1620s.

British Library, Add. MS 25303, f. 92r.

AlW 174

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 155. c.1620s-30s.

British Library, Harley MS 3910, f. 52r.

AlW 175

Copy of Hugh Holland's translation, headed ‘Anglicè’.

In: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 10v.

AlW 176

Copy of Hugh Holland's translation, headed ‘Englished’.

In: the MS described under AlW 157. c.1630s.

Folger, MS V.a.96, ff. 3v-4r.

AlW 177

Copy, headed ‘On two Brothers’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, in English and Latin, 210 pages, comprising 38 unnumbered pages and 172 numbered pages (plus four blank leaves), perhaps largely in a single predominantly secretary hand, with additions in four other hands on the unnumbered pages and pp. 167-71, including the scribbled title ‘Divers Sonnets & Poems compiled by certaine gentil Clarks and Ryme-Wrightes’, probably associated with Oxford University and the Inns of Court, in contemporary vellum. Including 14 poems by Strode (and a second copy of one poem). c.1637-51.

Inscribed (front pastedown) ‘Wakelin EeK Hering / Blows of Whitsor’, and (rear pastedown) ‘R. J. Cotton’. Formerly Folger MS 2073.4.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993) as the Cotton MS: StW Δ 20.

English version: here: Betweene two brothers rivall teares and worse.

Folger, MS V.a.262, p. 124.

AlW 178

Copy, headed ‘Thus Englished’, subscribed ‘Dr Alablaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 160. c.1630s-40s.

Folger, MS V.a.322, p. 66.

AlW 179

Copy of Hugh Holland's English translation, in an unidentified italic hand, written on a page among other verses (on ff. 183v-177r) at the reverse end of Dering's journal.

In: the MS described under AlW 164. c.1656-62 (with possibly earlier entries).

Huntington, HM 41536, f. 182v rev.

AlW 179.5

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under AlW 167.5. c.1612-24.

University of Texas at Austin, HRC 79, p. 103.

Upon a Conference in Religion between John Reynolds then a Papist, and his Brother William Reynolds then a Protestant (‘In poyntes of faith some undermyning jarres / betwixt two brothers kindled rebell warrs’)

A translation of Alabaster's Latin poem by Peter Heylyn, first published in his Cosmographie (1652), p. 257.

AlW 180

Copy of a translation, headed ‘The same englished’, following AlW 166, and here beginning ‘In poyntes of faith some undermyning jarres / betwixt two brothers kindled rebell warrs’. Early 17th century.

In: the MS described under AlW 166.

National Library of Scotland, MS Wod Fol. XXVIII, f. 219r.

AlW 181

Copy in: A miscellany of English and Latin verse and university orations, 196 leaves, in vellum. Compiled by William Parry (1687-1756?), Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford c.1724.

Later owned by Falconer Madan (1851-1935), librarian and bibliographer, and given to the library in 1938 by F.F. Madan.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. f. 13, fol. 46v.

AlW 182

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 150.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 306, Vol. I, f. 139v.

AlW 183

Copy, headed ‘Dr Alablasters verses vpon Dr Reynolds & his Brother’.

In: A quarto miscellany of verse and some prose, predominantly in one female roman hand, written from both ends, 174 pages, in contemporary calf. Compiled by members of Sir Thomas Browne's family, chiefly his daughter Elizabeth Lyttelton (b. c.1648), containing various works in verse and prose including copies of a passage by Sir Thomas on consumptions (p. 43), a list of books which he had Elizabeth read out to him (pp. 44-5), copies of notes by him (pp. 77-76 rev.), his poem ‘Upon a Tempest at Sea’ (pp. 94-93 rev.) and verses beginning ‘the Almond flourisheth ye Birch trees flowe’ (p. 72); some of the verses in other hands including poems by Donne, Corbett, Wotton, Cartwright, William Browne, Ralegh, Katherine Phillips and others. Late 17th century.

Inscriptions (p. 1) ‘Mary Browne’ (who d.1676) and ‘James Dodsley’ and (p. 174) ‘Mar. 11th 1713/4 The gift of Mrs Lyttelton to Edward Tenison’. Percy Dobell's sale catalogue The Literature of the Restoration (1918), item 1240. Bookplate of the Royal College of Medicine, London. Owned by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (Bibliotheca Bibliographici, No. 1301).

This MS volume described in [Geoffrey Keynes], ‘A Daughter of Sir Thomas Browne’, TLS (4 September 1919), p. 420. Discussed in Victoria E. Burke, ‘Contexts for Women's Manuscript Miscellanies: The Case of Elizabeth Lyttelton and Sir Thomas Browne’, Yearbook of English Studies, 33 (2003), 316-28. Edited selectively by Geoffrey Keynes as The Commonplace Book of Elizabeth Lyttelton, Daughter of Sir Thomas Browne (Cambridge, 1919). The passages by Browne also edited in Keynes, I, 120-1, and III, 236-7, 331-2.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 8460, p. 68 rev. .

AlW 184

Copy, headed ‘Which Excellent Epigram tho not wthout great disadvantage to ye. Latine Originall, may be thus translated’.

In: the MS described under AlW 167. c.1700?.

University of Nottingham, Pw V 1227, f. [1r-v].

AlW 185

Copy of Peter Heylyn's translation.

In: A duodecimo commonplace book of verse and prose, in a single hand. c.1680-90.

Inscribed, possibly by the compiler, ‘James Rhodes, 1680’. Later inscriptions by William Hamper (1776-1831), and ‘Lydia Anna Dobson Hamper. 1838. The gift of her dear father’.

Yale, Osborn MS b 206, p. 118.

In Cerevum (‘Mergulus ut rapidam fundens per viscera flammam’)

Sutton, pp. 12-13 (No. XVII), with translation.

AlW 186

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 2v.

AlW 187

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

sutton

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 19r.

In dvas nobiles fæminas pro religione exvles (‘Hic avia exemplar morum (res mira) iacetque’)

Sutton, pp. 114-15 (No. XVIII), with translation.

AlW 188

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 3r.

AlW 189

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 20-r.

In nobilissimam vrbem Venetiarvm (‘Emersam Venerem pelagi spumantibus undis’)

Sutton, pp. 14-15 (No. XIX), with translation.

AlW 190

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 3v.

AlW 191

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 20v.

In eandem (‘Quattuor exactæ morosa statumina formæ’)

Sutton, pp. 14-17 (No. XX), with translation.

AlW 192

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 3v.

AlW 193

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, ff. 20v-1r.

In Gasparvum Scioppivm parabolarvm scriptorem pvtidissimvm bene male mvlctatvm (‘Symbolicum nuper cudisti, Scoptice, librum’)

First published in J.J. Smith, The Cambridge Portfolio (London, 1840), pp. 183-6. Sutton, pp. 20-3 (No. XXII), with translation (by J.J. Smith).

AlW 194

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 1v.

AlW 195

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 17v.

AlW 196

Copy, in a non-professional cursive hand, subscribed ‘Idem’ [i.e. Dr Alabaster], on a single folio leaf of ‘Verses by Dr W. Alabaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 161.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 73/40, f. 335v.

Epithalamivm in nvptias honoratissimi comitis Somersetensis et nobilissimæ virginis Franciscæ Howarde devotissimi amoris et observantiæ ergo, Gvlielmvs Alabaster dicavit (‘‘Quis pudor est’ (inquit constricta fronte Poesis’)

Sutton, pp. 22-7 (No. XXIII), with translation.

AlW 197

Copy in: A quarto volume of Latin and English poems by Alabaster celebrating the marriage of Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, and Frances Howard, on 26 December 1613, in a single cursive italic hand, on 12 quarto leaves. Possibly the presentation copy to James I, with a title-page on f. 1r, ‘Epithalamivm in nvptias honoratissimi Comitis Somersetensis et nobillissimæ virginis Franciscæ Howarde / Deuotissimi amoris et / obseruantiæ Ergo Gulielmus Alabaster dicauit’. 1613.

The title-page bears the name ‘IOHANNES MAURITIVS’: i.e. John Morris (d.1658), antiquary and book collector.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Royal MS 12 A. XXXV, ff. 2r-5v.

Robertvs Carivs comes Somersetiæ anagramma rectori messem servo seratvs Iacob (‘Ingenii, geniive magis te sidere mirer’)

Sutton, pp. 28-31 (No. XXIV), with translation.

AlW 198

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 197. 1613.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Royal MS 12 A. XXXV, ff. 6r-8r.

Francisca Howarde anagramma (‘Fæmineum plantis genus est affine, virorum’)

Sutton, pp. 32-7 (No. XXV), with translation.

AlW 199

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

sutton

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, [unspecified page numbers].

AlW 200

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, [unspecified pages].

AlW 201

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 197. 1613.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Royal MS 12 A. XXXV, ff. 8v-11r.

Robertvs Carivs Comes Somersetiæ anagramma (‘Like as this Anagram doth take a rise’)

Sutton, p. 37 (No. XXVI).

AlW 202

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, [unspecified page number].

AlW 203

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, [unspecified page number].

AlW 204

Copyh.

In: the MS described under AlW 197. 1613.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Royal MS 12 A. XXXV, f. 11v.

Francisca Howarde The Anagram (‘A rose to spring uppon a courtly plaine’)

Sutton, pp. 37, 39 (No. XXVII).

AlW 205

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

sutton

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, [unspecified page number].

AlW 206

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 197. 1613.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

British Library, Royal MS 12 A. XXXV, f. 12r.

Ad Iacobvm regem in nativitatem primogeniti principis Palatini, qvæ incidit calendis Ianvarii (‘Dum novus antiquum Ianus decorticat annum’)

First published in J.J. Smith, The Cambridge Portfolio (London, 1840), pp. 183-6. Sutton, pp. 38-9 (No. XXVIII), with translation (by J.J. Smith).

AlW 207

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 1r.

AlW 208

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

sutton

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 17r.

AlW 209

Copy, in a non-professional cursive hand, on a single folio leaf of ‘Verses by Dr W. Alabaster’. Late 16th-early 17th century.

In: the MS described under AlW 161.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 73/40, f. 335r.

AlW 210

Copy, untitled, subscribed ‘Alablaster’.

In: A folio verse miscellany, including 15 poems by Donne, f. 162r-v in a rounded italic hand, ff. 164r-74v in a slightly erratic italic hand, ff. 175r-279v in a neat formal italic hand (also responsible for the index on ff. 2r-11v), this miscellany constituting ff. 162r-279v of a single folio volume containing also Part I (DnJ Δ 15), ii + 279 leaves in all (lacking one or more leaves at the end), in old blind-stamped calf (rebacked). c.1630s.

Formerly MS G. 2.21.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the Dublin MS (II): DnJ Δ 61.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Trinity College, Dublin, MS 877, [Part II], f. 223r.

In Aberenathi librvm de analogia morborvm corporis et animi (‘Sidereos morbos, maculas in corpore solis’)

First published in J.J. Smith, The Cambridge Portfolio (London, 1840), pp. 183-6. Sutton, pp. 38-41 (No. XXIX), with translation (by J.J. Smith).

AlW 211

Copy, in a non-professional cursive hand, subscribed ‘Dr Alabaster’, on a single folio leaf of ‘Verses by Dr W. Alabaster’.

In: the MS described under AlW 161.

Edited from this MS in Smith. ed? Sutton.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 73/40, f. 335r-v.

In Edovardvm Spencerum Britannicæ poeseos facile principem (‘Hoc qui sepulchro conditur siquis fuit’)

Sutton, pp. 40-1 (No. XXX), with translation.

AlW 212

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 2v.

AlW 213

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, ff. 19v-20r.

Francisci Baconi Novvm Organvm Dr. Gvliel. Alabaster. Coll. Trin. (‘Quam celeri scribit calamo velamina nubis’)

Sutton, pp. 40-3 (No. XXXI), with translation.

AlW 214

Copy, headed ‘Francisco Baconi Novum Organum’, with a sidenote ‘Dr Gulielm Alablaster Coll Trin’.

In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, in a single small hand, 54 leaves, in vellum boards. Compiled by a Cambridge University man. c.1640s.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 62, f. 6r.

Ad honoratissimvm & reverendissimvm domivm præsvlem Lincolniæ magni sigilii cvstodem epigramma differtvm nvbis cælestis, qvod tonitrvm, fvlgvr, iridem, et plvviam continet (‘Quam stabili fertur vibratum momine fulmen’)

Sutton, pp. 44-5 (No. XXXII), with translation.

AlW 215

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 2r.

AlW 216

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS collated in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 18v-19r.

Ad honoratissimvm dominvm comitem Carliliæ (‘Sic comites superas morum probitate tuorum’)

Sutton, pp. 46-7 (No. XXXIII), with translation.

AlW 217

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 3r.

AlW 218

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 20v.

Electio epigrammatis in peristroma regivm inserendi, de historia Ananiæ et Saphiræ, Carolo rege ivbente (‘Si qua subducens moritur, quæ pæna moratur’)

Sutton, pp. 46-9 (No. XXXIV), with translation.

AlW 219

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, ff. 2v-3r.

AlW 220

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 19v.

In translationem Senecæ Consolationis ad Martiam Rodophi Fremanni eqvitis avrati, Carolo regi a libellis svpplicibvs (‘Martia apud manes quando hæc solatia sensit’)

Sutton, pp. 48-9 (No. XXXV), with translation.

AlW 221

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 3r.

AlW 222

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 20r.

In librvm Senecæ De Brevitate Vitæ a domino Radvlpho Fremanno translatvm (‘Obsepta est tantis mortalis vita periclis’)

First published in Ralph Freeman, Lucius Annæus Seneca, The Philosopher his Book of the Shortness of Life (London, 1663). Sutton, pp. 48-9 (No. XXXVI), with translation.

AlW 223

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, [unspecified page number].

AlW 224

Copy, in a second roman hand.

In: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

Recorded in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 22r.

In formicam svccino inclvsam (‘Balsameis regum sub odoribus urna vaporat’)

Sutton, pp. 50-1 (No. XXXVII), with translation.

AlW 225

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 1v.

AlW 226

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 18r.

In fortvnam (‘Parce fidem blandæ fortunæ credere: quamvis’)

Sutton, pp. 50-1 (No. XXXVIII), with translation.

AlW 227

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 2v.

AlW 228

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

This MS cited in Sutton.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 19r-v.

In servvm antii restionis qvi dominvm svvm, a qvo crvdelissime tractatvs fverat, servavit (‘Dum fera Romulea strages grassatur in urbe’)

Sutton, pp. 50-3 (No. XXXIX), with translation.

according to Sutton this should be in both B and C but not on p. ix.

AlW 229

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, ff. 3v-4r.

AlW 230

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, f. 21r-v.

In mirabilem nativitatem Gorgiæ Epirotæ (‘Imbibe Gorgiaci facinus mirabile fati’)

Sutton, pp. 52-3 (No. XL), with translation.

AlW 231

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 145.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 283, f. 4r.

AlW 232

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 133. c.1590s.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 293, ff. 21v-2r.

Nimivm ne crede colori (‘Ut nitet Eois vestis crustata smaragdis’)

Sutton, p. 54 (No. XLI). For the English version, see AlW 234.

AlW 233

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 1-2.

‘Faire is the Rose araied in Crimson plush’

Sutton, p. 55 (No XLI), as ‘<Trust not overmuch in color>’. For Latin version, see AlW 233.

AlW 234

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 2.

Mvsarvm cvræ nec in ipsa nocte recedvnt (‘Cum ferrugineas pandit nox humida pennas’)

Sutton, pp. 54, 56 (No. XLII).

For English version, see AlW 236.

AlW 235

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 4.

‘Hee that, Condemn'd for some notorious vice’

Sutton, pp. 55, 57 (No. XLII), as ‘<Concerns for the Muses do not vanish, even at night>’. For Latin version, see AlW 235

AlW 236

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 4-5.

Rvstica vita placet (‘Tempora quis vitæ transit fælicior illo’)

Sutton, pp. 56, 58 (No. XLIII).

For English version, see AlW 238.

AlW 237

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 5-7.

‘O thrice, thrice happy he, who shuns the cares’

Sutton, pp. 57, 59 (No. XLIII), as ‘<The rustic life pleases>’.

For the original Latin see AlW 237.

AlW 238

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 7-8.

Vita brevis, mors certa (‘Qualis purpureæ pubes albandica floræ’)

Sutton, pp. 58, 60 (No. XLIV).

AlW 239

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 9-12.

Semper avarvs eget (‘Quod monstrum hoc uncis quod vellicat unguibus herbas’)

Sutton, pp. 62, 64 (No. XLV).

For English version, see AlW 241.

AlW 240

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 14-16.

‘What monster's this? with hollow eyes, and thin’

Sutton, pp. 63, 65 (No. XLV), as ‘<The greedy is always needy>’.

For Latin version, see AlW 240.

AlW 241

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 16-17.

Fert omnes casvs sapiens patienter amaras (‘Quercus Hercyniæ sylvæ longæva superbit’)

Sutton, pp. 64, 66 (No. XLVI).

For English version, see AlW 243.

AlW 242

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 17-19.

‘A solid Rocke, farre seated in the sea’

Sutton, pp. 65, 67 (No. XLVI), as ‘<The wise man bears all bitter calamities with patience>’.

For Latin version, see AlW 242.

AlW 243

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 19.

Non svnt fabvlæ manes (‘An loca senta situ, fauces grave olentis Averni?’)

Sutton, pp. 66, 68, 70, 72 (No. XLVII).

For English version, see AlW 245.

AlW 244

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 19-25.

‘What? is Avernus iawes, with filthe besmear'd’

Sutton, pp. 67, 69, 71, 73 (No. XLVII), as ‘<Ghosts are not phantoms>’.

For Latin version, see AlW 244.

AlW 245

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 25-30.

Bonvs semper tutus (‘Iustum et constantem, cui mens est conscia recti’)

Sutton, p. 72 (No. XLVIII).

For English version, see AlW 247.

AlW 246

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 30-1.

‘The man whose soule is undistan'd with ill’

Sutton, p. 73 (No. XLVIII), as ‘<The good man is always secure>’.

For Latin version, see AlW 246.

AlW 247

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 31.

Mens conscia (‘Quid, scelerate, struis triplici circundata muro’)

Sutton, pp. 72, 74 (No. XLIX).

For English version, see AlW 249.

AlW 248

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 31-2.

‘O Tiger! thinkest thou (Hellish fratricide)’

Sutton, pp. 73, 75 (No. XLIX), as ‘<The guilty mind>’.

For Latin version, see AlW 248.

AlW 249

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, p. 32.

Qvatvor anni partes (‘Nunc hilarat radiis, Hyperionis ignea proles’)

Sutton, pp. 74, 76 (No. L).

For English version, see AlW 251.

AlW 250

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 32-4.

‘Now doth Phoebus's shining Charriott rowle’

A poem on the four seasons. Sutton, pp. 75, 77 (No. L).

For Latin version, see AlW 250.

AlW 251

Copy, here beginning ‘Now doth bright Phæbus's shineing Charriott rowle’.

In: the MS described under AlW 163. Early 17th century.

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

Huntington, HM 39464, pp. 35-7.

Prose

Alabaster's Conversion

Alabaster's account of ‘How I came [to] be [a Protestant] and [of] my state and [progress] therin’, in thirteen chapters, first published in Sutton (1997), pp. 101-69.

AlW 252

Copy, 168 pages. Early 17th century?

Edited from this MS in Sutton.

English College, Rome, Liber 1394.

AlW 253

MS of a Latin translation of the first seven chapters, incomplete. Early 17th century?

This MS cited in Sutton, p. xviii, who suggests that the translator may have been Robert Persons (1546-1610), Jesuit missionary and polemicist.

English College, Rome, Liber 1395.

Tracts in the Controversy over Alabaster's ‘Four Demands’

(1) Alabaster's Four Demands and Bishop Bedell's Answer to them

Unpublished ‘Four Demands’ by Alabaster and ‘Answer’ by William Bedell (1571-1642), Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh.

AlW 254

Copy in: A folio composite volume of theological writings, closely written in several hands, collected by William Bedell (1572-1642), Bishop of Kilmore, with some corrections on the hand of William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury, including various refutations of Alabaster, 152 leaves, in 18th-century calf. Early 17th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. C. 922, f. 43r et seq.

AlW 255

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, ff. 136r-9v.

AlW 256

Copy in: A quarto volume of tracts, in a single hand, 331 pages, in old half-calf. Early 17th century.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 772, p. 16 et seq.

(2) The Catholic's Reply upon Bedel's Answer to Alabaster's Four Demands

(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

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

AlW 257

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 254. Early 17th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. C. 922, ff. 39r-42v.

AlW 258

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 127. Mid-17th century.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 309, f. 140r et seq.

AlW 259

Early 17th century.

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

Emmanuel College, Cambridge, MS 181 (III. 1. 13), VI, pp. 1-156.

AlW 260

Copy in: the MS described under AlW 256. Early 17th century.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 772, p. 1-4.

Refutation of D. Alablaster his phancy of the 3 dayes and 3 nightes in the grave

Another tract against Alabaster by William Bedell.

AlW 261

William Bedell's autograph MS of a refutation of ‘Mr. Alablaster's declaration of Christ's being 3 dayes and 3 nights in the Bowells of the earth’.

In: the MS described under AlW 254. Early 17th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. C. 922, ff. 147v-8r.

Dramatic Works

Roxana

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.

AlW 262

Copy, in a predominantly italic hand, with title and Dramatis Personae (f. 1r), on 16 leaves. Early 17th century.

In: Two Latin plays (the second Pastor Fidus), in two different hands, 41 folio leaves, in quarter-calf.

Cambridge University Library, MS Ff. 2. 9, Item 1.

AlW 263

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

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

Emmanuel College, Cambridge, MS 185 (III. 1. 17), ff. [64r-78v].

AlW 264

Copy of an English version, in a small mixed hand, in double columns, subscribed ‘I B scriptore’, otherwise unascribed.

In: A folio volume of academic plays and orations, in Latin and English, the majority associated with Cambridge University, in several neat hands, with some later notes added c.1671, 171 leaves, in contemporary calf gilt. c.1635.

Folger, MS V.b.222, ff. 29r-37v.

AlW 265

Copy, in possibly several secretary and italic hands, lacking a title-page (probably excised), on nineteen leaves, subscribed ‘finis Roxana Allablastuire’.

In: A small quarto volume of five academic Latin plays, in several non-professional hands, 127 leaves (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary calf (rebacked). c.1630s.

Among the collections of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace Library, MS 838, item 3.

AlW 266

Copy, in a small non-professional hand, subscribed ‘Authore Dre Alabaster collegij quonda Trinitatis socio’. Early 17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of academic Latin plays, in modern half-calf.

Donated in 1897 by W. Aldis Wright, M.A., Vice-Master.

Trinity College, Cambridge, MS R. 17. 10 (James 996), ff. 40r-52v.

AlW 267

Copy, with a title-page, ‘Argumentum’ and Dramatis Personæ, on 43 pages.

In: A quarto volume of five university Latin plays, in a single italic hand, 326 pages, in contemporary calf. Early 17th century.

Acquired from C.A. Stonehill Inc, New Haven.

Yale, Gen MSS Vol. 214, item 5 .

Letters

Letter(s)

*AlW 268

A neatly written autograph letter signed by Alabaster (‘Gulielmus Alabaster’), to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Ellesmere, in Latin, docketed at the top in another hand ‘Mr Alabastre of Cambridge Excuse for not takeing the Parsonage of Brettenham in the County of Suffolk. proffer'd him by the Ld Keepre Egerton &c. He resign'd his Liveing not long after as appeares by Munnings lettre. And turn'd Papist, if Allen says true in his to ye same Keepre’, on the first page of two conjugate folio leaves, the second the address leaf, undated, but between 6 May and 1 June 1596. 1596.

In: the MS described under AlW 138. 1596.

A facsimile of the whole letter is on the cover of Sutton's edition. A translation into English is printed in J.S. Alabaster, pp. 154-5.

Huntington, EL 428, The MS as a whole.

*AlW 269

Autograph letter signed (‘William Alabaster’), neatly written as a prisoner at Framlingham Castle, to Sir Robert Cecil, 9 August 1601. 1601.

Edited in J. S. Alabaster, pp. 156-7.

The Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House, Cecil Papers 87/80.

Miscellaneous

Alabaster's examination

*AlW 270

A formal MS account of the examination of Alabaster in the Tower before Sir John Peyton and Attorney General Coke, signed by Alabaster, 22 July 1600. 1600.

Edited from this MS in Louise Imogen Guiney, Recusant Poets: with a selection from their work, vol. 1 (1938), pp. 337-8.

National Archives, Kew, SP 12/275/32.

Editorial papers

AlW 271

Part of a collection of papers of Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), poet and essayist, for her proposed edition of William Alabaster's sonnets, including correspondence with Bertram Dobell, 1904-14, 51 leaves. Late 19th-early 20th century.

Donated by her executor 1964.

Bodleian, MS Eng. misc. c. 437.

AlW 272

A collection of papers of Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), poet and essayist, for her proposed edition of William Alabaster's sonnets, in four volumes, iii + 51 leaves, ii + 37 leaves, ii + 45 leaves, andi + 84 leaves. Including papers, correspondence, and transcripts of poems made by C.E. Sayle (c.1890) and Bertram Dobell (c.1904), as well as Guiney's notes. Late 19th-early 20th century.

Donated by her executor 1964.

Bodleian, MSS Eng. poet. e. 155-158.