Sir Francis Hubert (1568?–1629)

Verse

Edward II (‘It is thy sad disaster which I sing’)

First published, in an unauthorised edition as The Deplorable Life and Death of Edward the Second. Together with the Downefall of the two Unfortunate Favorits, Gavestone and Spencer. Storied in an Excellent Pöem, London, 1628. First authorised edition, as The Historie of Edward the Second, Surnamed Carnarvan, one of our English Kings. Together with the Fatall down-fall of his two vnfortunate Favorites Gaveston and Spencer, London, 1629. An edition of a 576-stanza version in three cantos, entitled The Life of Edward II, was printed in London 1721 from an unidentified MS.

Mellor, pp. 4-169 (664-stanza version, headed ‘The Life and Death of Edward the Second’, including ‘The Authors Preface’ beginning ‘Rebellious thoughts why doe you tumult so’?).

HuF 1

Copy of a 582-stanza version, in a neat secretary hand, headed in a later hand ‘The life of Edward the Seconde’, subscribed ‘Finis infortunio’.

In: An octavo miscellany of verse and prose, in several neat hands, ii + 142 leaves (ff. 111v-42v blank), in contemporary calf gilt. Compiled in part by ‘I. N’.: i.e. John Newdegate (1600-42), of Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. c.1627-35.

Formerly Long Island Historical Society MS 22, to whom it was bequeathed by Samuel Bowne Duryea. Sotheby's, 21 December 1965, lot 595.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. e. 112, ff. 1r-73v.

HuF 2

Copy of stanzas 129-134, untitled and here beginning ‘For so the place was call'd where he was lay'd’, with three lines in stanza 133 deleted, in an unidentified hand, on a single trimmed broadsheet. Late 18th century.

In: A large folio guardbook of notes and miscellaneous documents, written or collected by Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, writer, i + 238 leaves.

Bodleian, MS Percy b. 2, f. 170r.

HuF 3

Copy, untitled, iii + 48 quarto leaves, slightly imperfect, lacking the last leaf, in contemporary vellum boards. A 440-stanza version, in a professional secretary hand, with marginal notes in italic. c.1620s.

Inscribed in a roman hand (f. 29v, lengthways along the margin) ‘Thomas Higgons his pen’ (this is not in the hand of the scribe).

This MS collated in Mellor.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 98.

HuF 4

Fragment of a copy, stanzas 129-44 only, here beginning ‘My Sonne (quoth hee) for in that name of zeale’, in an italic hand, on two folio leaves, imperfect.

In: A folio composite volume of verse, in various hands and paper sizes, 87 leaves, in early 18th-century half calf.

This MS collated in Mellor.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 170, ff. 79r-80v.

HuF 5

Copy, in a single formal secretary hand, 98 duodecimo leaves, in modern green morocco gilt. A 581-stanza version, in a single professional secretary hand, headed ‘The Legend of Edward ye second of Carnaruan king of England’. c.1620s.

Inscribed (ff. 1r, 2r) ‘Robti: ffrmy’ and ‘Ro: fformy’ (i.e. Robert Fermy). Purchased from Boone, 13 March 1869.

This MS collated in Mellor.

British Library, Add. MS 28021.

HuF 6

Copy of a 581-stanza version, in a single italic hand, headed ‘The Lyfe, Raygne, and Fall of Kinge Edward ye second of yt name Ki: of England: written by Sr ffrances Hubbart knight’ and here beginning ‘ I singe thy sadd disaster fatal Kinge’, 98 duodecimo leaves, in modern calf gilt. c.1620s.

Bookplate of Edward Astle. Once owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), collector of books and manuscripts. Sotheby's, 19-22 June 1893 (Phillipps sale), lot 312.

This MS collated in Mellor.

British Library, Add. MS 34316.

HuF 7

Copy of the 581-stanza version, in the hand of Ralph Starkey (c.1569-1628), merchant and antiquary, with frequent corrections and emendations possibly in another hand, the heading deleted, subscribed ‘ffinis by Infortune’, 56 quarto leaves. c.1620s.

A paper wrapper (f. [1*r]) inscribed ‘Elizadethe Startt’ (sic).

This MS collated in Mellor.

British Library, Harley MS 558.

HuF 8

Copy of a possibly early version, here in 352-stanzas, headed ‘Edward the Second’ and beginning ‘Whie should a wasted spirit spent in woe’, in probably four secretary hands, imperfect, lacking the last stanzas.

In: A quarto volume comprising two independent bmanuscripts bound together, 117 leaves, in modern half crushed morocco on cloth boards gilt. c.1620s.

Both MSS inscribed by Humfrey Wanley (ff. 1r, 45r) with the date ‘13 August 1724’ for accession into the Harley Library.

This MS collated in Mellor.

British Library, Harley MS 2393, ff. 1r-44v.

HuF 9

Copy of the 581-stanza version, in a single professional secretary hand, untitled and here beginning ‘I singe thy sad disaster (fatall King’, subscribed ‘Finis by Infortunio’.

In: the MS described under HuF 8. c.1620s.

This MS collated in Mellor.

British Library, Harley MS 2393, ff. 45r-117v.

HuF 10

Copy of a 579-stanza version, in a professional secretary hand, lacking a title, here beginning ‘I Sing thy sad dissaster (fatall king)’, on 193 quarto pages, in calf. c.1628.

‘Balcarres’ at top of first page. Phillipps MS 9186.

Folger, MS V.a.153.

HuF 11

Copy of a 585-stanza version, here beginning ‘I sing the sad disaster fatall king’, in a probably professional cursive secretary hand, headed in a different secretary hand ‘The history of the troublesome Raigne of King Edward the second...1626’, subscribed ‘Finis Infortunio’, 72 quarto leaves, in modern boards. c.1626.

Phillipps MS 23893. Inscribed (free front endpaper) ‘Grenville C. Cunningham, 11th Nov. 1910’. Formerly Folger MS 5519.

Folger, MS V.a.234.

HuF 12

Copy of a 581-stanza version, ii + 59 octavo leaves (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary panelled calf. In a single minute hand, untitled and here beginning ‘I singe thy sad disaster fatall kinge’, subscribed ‘Finis By Infortunio’. c.1620s.

Inscribed (at the top of f. 1r), possibly by the scribe, ‘A North her book’.

Harvard, MS Eng 1382.

HuF 13

Series of extracts, the first untitled and beginning ‘Thus fares it wth or Fortune & or state’; the second headed ‘Humility’ and beginning ‘Storms rage more fiercely on ye Hills ye Dales’; the third headed ‘The Humble contented man’ and beginning ‘Happy thrice Happy is that sweet estate’.

In: A small (?sextodecimo) notebook comprising chiefly religious poems and prayers, written from both ends, 94 leaves, in contemporary calf. c.1715.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 84, ff. 14r, 21v-5v.

HuF 14

Copy of a 589-stanza version, untitled, transcribed from an earlier MS, with Weller's notes about the poem's publication (one dated 1769).

In: A folio verse miscellany, 225 pages (including blanks), in contemporary vellum boards. Compiled, and partly composed, by George Weller (1710-78), lawyer, of Tonbridge, Kent. c.1745.

Quaritch's sale catalogue No. 1132 (December 1990), item 128.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. q. 51, pp. 1-99.

HuF 15

Copy of a 581-stanza version, in a single small mixed hand, untitled and here beginning ‘I sing thy sad disaster fatall King’, subscribed ‘finis Infortunio’, followed by a poem on five pages in another secretary hand headed ‘Vpon the death of a Pigeon slaine by a fowler on a plowed land in an Aprill eueninge 1615’, beginning ‘Yee Joue begotten graces yt can reare’, and subscribed in a cursive hand ‘Garnet Maners’, the octavo pages all unnumbered, in old red morocco blind-stamped. Early 17th century.

Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscript collector: Phillipps MS 9185. In the collection of Robert H. Taylor (1908-85), American book and manuscript collector.

Princeton, RTC01 No. 60.

HuF 16

Copy of a version in 581 stanzas, in a single neat italic hand, headed ‘The History of Edward ye Second by Sr F: H:’, here beginning ‘I sing thy sad disastor fatall King’, ii + 99 quarto leaves, in contemporary brown calf gilt with initials ‘H C’. c.1620s.

Arms in gilt on the cover of Henry Chitting (?1580-1638), Chester Herald. A note inside the front cover by Thomas Hearne (1678-1735), Oxford antiquary, records ‘This MS. belongs to Dr. John Thorpe of Rochester’.

Society of Antiquaries, MS 22.

HuF 17

Copy of a 581-stanza version, untitled (but for a modern one supplied f. [iir]), here beginning ‘I sing thy sadd disastor fatall Kinge’, in three or more secretary and italic hands, following an apparent false start (f. [iiir]), and subscribed ‘Finis By Infortunio’.

In: A quarto miscellany, in several hands, iii + 286 leaves (including numerous blanks), in old brown calf gilt. c.1620s-30s.

Among the collections of Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence, MP (1837-1914), Baconian scholar and book collector.

University of London, Senate House Library, MS 304, ff. 1r-147r.

HuF 18

Copy, in a single small hand, incomplete, stopping at stanza 503, on 42 octavo leaves, in 17th-century calf (rebacked). Stanzas 1-503, headed ‘The life and death of Edward ye 2’, incomplete c.1620s.

Yale, Osborn MS b 9.

HuF 19

Copy of a 581-stanza version, in a predominantly italic hand, untitled.

In: MS of two works, in two different hands, the second written from the reverse end, 84 octavo leaves, in 17th-century calf. c.1620s.

Once owned by Sir Norton Knatchbull, first Baronet (1602-85). Scribbling on a flyleaf includes the name ‘M Baldacke’.

Yale, Osborn MS b 12, ff. [1r-73v].

HuF 20

Copy of a 556-stanza version, on 61 quarto leaves, in contemporary calf gilt. Largely in a single professional italic hand, the last stanza completed in a second hand and additional verses (f. 61v) in a third hand. c.1620s.

Inscribed (front pastedown and flyleaf) ‘Jas. Porter Junr his Book 1720’ and (f. [iiir]) ‘This manuscript was given me by my Cozen Sarah Attwood own Sister to ye Author Wm. Attwood Esqr. late of Broomfield Parsonage in ye County of Essex’. Names on a flyleaf (f. [ir]) include Thomas Garnett, James Garnet, William Lewis and John Johnsonne.

Yale, Osborn MS b 373.

HuF 21

Copy, 81 folio leaves, bound with eight leaves of later poems at the beginning and a score of lute music at the end (ff. 81-9). Headed ‘The appearance of the ghost of Kinge Edward the Second, Kinge of England’, incomplete at the end.

Yale, Osborn MS fb 7.

HuF 22

Copy. Early 17th century?.

Later owned by Thomas Astle (1735-1803), archivist and collector of books and manuscripts, and afterwards by Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Sotheby's, 10 February 1836 (Heber sale, Part XI), lot 528, to Payne.

Untraced, [Heber MS (I)].

HuF 23

Copy, bound in russia. Early 17th century?.

Later owned by Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Sotheby's, 10 February 1836 (Heber sale, Part XI), lot 529, to Thomas Thorpe.

Untraced, [Heber MS (II)].

Noli peccare (‘Forbeare to sinne: God hath thee still in sight’)

First published in The Historie of Edward the Second, Surnamed Carnarvan, one of our English Kings. Together with the Fatall down-fall of his two vnfortunate Favorites Gaveston and Spencer (London, 1629). pp. 166-8. Mellor, pp. 170-1.

HuF 24

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, including seventeen poems by Donne and fifteen by Strode, the main part in a single hand, 334 pages (but pp. 3-4 extracted, and including a later index). Possibly compiled by one ‘W: H:’: i.e. probably William Holgate (1618-46), of Queens' College, Cambridge, with late 17th-century additions apparently made by other members of the Holgate family, of Saffron Walden and Great Bardfield, Essex. c.1630s [-late 17th-century].

Owned in the early 18th century by John Wale, who supplied the index on pp. 330-3. Owned before 1927 by Col. W.G. Carwardine-Probert, of Bures, Suffolk (descendant of the Holgate family).

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Holgate MS’: DnJ Δ 58. Briefly discussed in W.G.P., ‘Verses by Francis Beaumont’, TLS (15 September 1921), p. 596, and in E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare, 2 vols (Oxford, 1930), II, 222-4. Also discussed, with facsimiles on pp. 68 and 70 of pp. 181 and 13, in Michael Roy Denbo, ‘Editing a Renaissance Commonplace Book: The Holgate Miscellany’, in New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, III, ed. W. Speed Hill (Tempe, AZ, 2004). pp. 65-73. For facsimile pages see DnJ 2931 and ShW 25. Complete microfilm in the Essex Record Office (T/A 98).

Pierpont Morgan Library, MA 1057, p. 90.

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*HuF 25

A bill of sale of all Hubert's household furniture and moveable fittings in the Manor of Stansted-Mountfichet, Essex, to Sir Thomas Middleton, Alderman of London, for £200, in a professional hand on a single membrane of vellum, signed by Hubert himself (‘Huberd’), with signatures of three witnesses on the verso, 29 July 1608. Lacking the original ‘Schedule or Inventory’ and seal. 1608.

Recorded in Mellor, p. xxxv n. 3, with a facsimile of Hubert's signature, p. 278.

British Library, Add. Ch. 37644.