Mary Astell (1666–1731)

Verse

Affliction (‘I know not what Affliction means’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 1

Autograph.

In: An autograph manuscript of sixteen poems by Mary Astell, in her semi-calligraphic script, a presentation copy with (f. 50v) a title-page, ‘A Collection of Poems humbly presented and Dedicated To the most Reverend Father in God William [Sancroft] By Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury &c 1689’, (f. 51r-v), a prose dedicatory epistle to Archbishop Sancroft, and (f. 94r) an address leaf ‘To the most Reverend his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury These humbly present’, 49 quarto leaves, bearing traces of a red wax seal. c.1689.

This MS discussed in Ruth Perry, ‘A seventeenth-century feminist poet’, TLS, 20 August 1982, p. 911. It is described also in the online Perdita project.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 87v-90r.

Ambition (‘What's that with such vigour fills my breast?’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 2

Autograph, the poem dated 30 March 1684.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 54v-5r.

‘Awake my lute, daughters of Musick come’

Unpublished.

*AsM 3

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 91r-3r.

The Complaint (‘What dost thou mean my God (said I’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 4

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 86r-7r.

Death (‘It was a glorious and a cheerful day’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 5

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 56v-61r.

Enemies (‘I love you whom the World calls Enemies’)

Unpublished.

AsM 6

Autograph, the poem dated 18 March 1683.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 53v-4r.

Heaven (‘In a poor simple Girl 'tis a bold flight’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 7

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 75r-9v.

*AsM 8

Autograph of a shorter version of the poem.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 96r-7r.

Hell (‘With a short line, and scanty wit’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 9

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 80r-4v.

In emulation of Mr Cowley's Poem called the Motto page 1 (‘What shall i do? not to be Rich or great’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 10

Autograph, the poem dated 7 January 1687/8.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 52v-3r.

The Invitation (‘Come Muse, and leave those wings that soar’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 11

Autograph, the poem ‘made June 28 1683’.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, f. 52r-v.

Judgement (‘Tis said: the sacred word is past’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 12

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 61v-74v.

‘Since Praise is nauteous to a modest ear’

Unpublished.

*AsM 13

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, f. 95r-v.

Solitude (‘Now I with generous Cowley see’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 14

Autograph, the poem dated 8 April 1684.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 55v-6r.

The Thanksgiving (‘Hence you complaining thoughts away’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 15

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 90v-1r.

Virtue (‘Go despicable Virtue go’)

Unpublished.

*AsM 16

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, ff. 84v-6r.

Prose

Dedicatory epistle to Sancroft

*AsM 18

Autograph.

In: the MS described under AsM 1. c.1689.

Bodleian, ff. 50r-97v, f. 51r-v.