‘A Ruffian Rustick Clambring up a Tree’
In: A folio volume of writings, chiefly poems, by Lady Hester Pulter, composed c.1646-65, written from both ends, 167 leaves (including several loose leaves), in contemporary calf. Entitled (f. 1r) ‘Poems Breathed forth By The Nobel Hadassas’ and the poems described as ‘Hadassas Chast ffances Beeinge the ffruett of solitary and many of them sad howers’, one section headed ‘The sighes of a Sad soule emblematically breath'd forth by the noble Hadassah: Emblemes’, the text predominantly in two neat hands, with additions, insertions, sidenotes, and revisions in two other hands, one probably Pulter's own hand; a note (f. 1r) stating that ‘Lady Hesther Pulter dyd the latter End of March or beginning of April .1678. aged 82’. c.1655-61.
Later owned by Sir Gilbert Inglefield, Bt. Christie's, 8 October 1975, lot 353.
Discussed, with facsimile examples, in Mark Robson, ‘Swansongs: Reading Voice in the Poetry of Lady Hester Pulter’, EMS, 9 (2000), Writings by Early Modern Women, ed. Peter Beal and Margaret J.M. Ezell, pp. 238-56.
Alitheas Pearl (‘ffair Alithea (when I was A Girle)’)
‘All Creatures then the Dolphin are more slow’
‘An old Man through a Town did often pass’
‘And must the sword this controverse deside’
Facsimile of f. 87r in Robson, p. 242.
‘Aristominus his Strang Ambiguous ffate’
Aurora (‘Lovely Aurora, o how Heavenly faire’)
Aurora (‘Lovly Aurora, when wilt thou apear’)
‘Behold how many Cobwebs doth invest’
‘Behold this flying ffish with shineing Wings’
The Center (‘Oh that the Splendent & Illustrious Sun’)
The Circle (‘In sighs and tears there is noe end’)
The Circle (‘The eternall Spirit of Life and Love’)
The Circle (‘Those that ye hidden Chimick Art pfess’)
The Circle (‘To bee unwilling or afraid to die’)
‘Come my Dear Children come and Happy bee’
To my Deare J P: M: P:, P:P: They beeing at London, I at Bradfield (‘Come my Deare Children to this lonely Place’)
‘Come my Dear Pledges of our Constant Loves’
The complaint of Thames 1647 when the best of Kings was imprisoned by the worst of Rebels at Holmbie (‘Late in an evening as I walk'd alone’)
‘Could this ffell Catablepe lift up her head’
‘Dear God from thy high Throne look down’
‘Dear God turn not away thy fface’
The desire (‘Dear God, vouchsafe from thy High Throne’)
A Dialogue between two Sisters Virgins bewailing their solitary life, P:P:, f.p. (‘Come my deare sister sit with mee a while’)
The Eclips (‘Why doe those frowning vapours interpose’)
The Garden, or The Contention of fflowers, To my Dear Daughter Mris Anne [Pulter] at her desire written (‘Once in my Garden as a lone I lay’)
Copy, the name ‘Pulter’ in the title deleted.
‘Honor I have I want no heartly pellt’
Copy, untitled, among other inscriptions.
The Hope January :1665: (‘Deare Death desolve theise mortall charms’)
‘How fast this creature runs upon the earth’
‘How long shall my dejected soul’
‘Immense ffount of Truth, Life, Love, joy, Glory’
‘In Africa about the ffountain's brink’
‘In Ments[?] when Corn was grown excessive dear’
The invitation into the Countrey to my D.D. MP: PP 1647 when his Sacred Majtie: was at unhappy home (‘Deare daughters come make hast away’)
The invocation of the Elements the longest Night in the Year 1655 (‘Have patience my aflicted soul’)
The Larke (‘See how Arachne doth her Howres Pass’)
Made when I was not well. April 20. 1655 (‘My Soul why dost thou such a mourning make’)
Made when I was Sick 1647 (‘Oh mee! how sore, how sad is my poor heart’)
Made when my spirits were sunk very low with sickness & sorrow. May 1667 I being seventy one years old (‘Droop not my soul, nor hang the Wing’)
‘Mark but those Hogs wch underneath yond tree’
‘Marvall not my names conceald’
Copy, untitled, among other inscriptions.
‘Must I thus ever interdicted bee’
‘My God I thee and onely thee Adore’
‘My Heart why dost thou Throb soe in my breast’
My Loue is Fair (‘And is thy Love soe Wonderous ffair’)
‘My Soul why art thou full of trouble’
My Souls Sole desire (‘Thou that didst on the Chaos move’)
Of A young Lady at Oxford 1646 (‘A Noble pair in Love without Compare’)
Of Night and Morning (‘Night's like the Grave wherein wee lie forelorn’)
‘Oh my aflicted Solitary Soul’
‘Old Esculus being told that hee should die’
On that Unparraleld Prince Charles the first: his Horrid Muther (‘Those glittring Globes of light which grace’)
On the Fall of that Grand Rebel the Earl of Essex his Effigies in Harry the 7th's Chappel in Westminster Abby (‘When that Fierce Monster had usurp'd the Place’)
Edited from this MS in Robson, pp. 246-7, with a facsimile of f. 85r on p. 241.
On the Horrid Murther of that incomparable Prince, King Charles the ffirst (‘Let none presume to weep, tears are to weak’)
On the kinges most exelent magisty K Charles ye 1st (‘Victorious palm triumphing lawrell boughs’)
Copy, the heading in another hand.
On the Same [i.e. the death of my deare and lovely daughter J P] (‘Tell mee noe more her haire was lovly brown’)
Edited from this MS in Robson, pp. 250-1, with a facsimile of f. 17v on p. 240.
On the same [i.e. the horrid murther of that incomparable prince King Charles the First] (‘Let none sigh more for Lucas or for Lisle’)
On those two unparraleld friends, Sr: G: Lisle and Sr C: Lucas who were shott to death at Colchester (‘Is Lisle and Lucas Slaine? Oh Say not soe’)
The perfection of Patience and Knowledg (‘My soul in strugling thou dost Jll’)
The Pismire (‘Walking a broad once in a Sumers day’)
The Revolution (‘Oh thou which Circumvolveth all’)
‘Seest thou this Horizentall Bird whose eyes’
A Solitary Complainte (‘Must I bee still confind to this Sad Grove’)
A solitary discoars (‘How canst thou heavie bee now shee apears’)
‘Some Birds their bee sure they noe love doe lack’
‘Somnus why art thou still to mee unkinde’
Copy, on a leaf in a separate folder.
‘That many Heliotropians there bee’
‘The Brackman th'angrie Deities to appeas’
‘The Caucasines with Locusts were anoy'd’
‘The Cockatrice as vulgarly receiv'd’
‘The Cruel Tiger Swiftly on doth Pass’
‘The Cuckoes constitution's cold shee knows’
‘The Dubious Raven doth her young forsake’
‘The Eliphant when Radiant Sol doth rise’
‘The Estrich with her gallant gaudy plumes’
‘The hunted hart when shee begins to Tire’
‘The Indian Mooze three Young at once doth bear’
‘The Lion Roars his vassals fear and tremble’
‘The Lyon that of late soe Domineer'd’
‘The Manucodiats as Authors write’
‘The Marmottanes for Unitie's renownd’
‘The Porcupine went Ruffling in his pride’
‘The Stately Mooz being mounted up the hill’
‘The Toad and Spider once would trie the might’
‘There is one black & sullen hour’
‘This huge Leviathan for all his Strength’
‘This Stately Ship Courted by Winds & Tide’
‘This Ugly Sow descendent of that Bore’
‘This vast Leviathan Whose Breathing blows’
This was written 1648 when I Lay Inn, with my Son John [Pulter] beeing my 15 Child I beeing soe weak that in Ten dayes and Nights I never moued my Head one Jot from my Pillow, out of which great weaknes my gracious God restored me; that I still Live to magnifie his Mercie 1665 (‘Sad, Sick, and Lame, as in my Bed I lay’)
Copy, the name ‘Pulter’ deleted in the title, the date ‘1655’ written as a corrective sidenote in a different hand.
‘Those that imployed are the Apes to catch’
To Astrea (‘Thou blessed Birth of the Celestiall Morn’)
To Aurora (‘Faire Rosie Virgin when wilt thou Arise’)
To Aurora (‘Look up sad eyes behould the smileing Morn’)
To Aurora (‘Why doth Pale Phoebe thus her bevty shrowd’)
Sr: Wm: D: Upon the unspeakable Loss of the most conspicuous and chief Ornament of his ffrontispiece (‘Sir / Extreamly I deplore your loss’)
‘Two Mountebancks contended for A Stage’
Universal dissolusion, made when I was with Child of my 15th: child I being my sonne John very one thought in a Consumption 1648 (‘My Soule why art thou sad at the decay’)
Upon the Crown Imperiall (‘Why doth the Tears stand in the Orient eyes’)
Vpon the Death of my deare and lovely daughter J P (‘All you that haue indulgent Parents been’)
Copy, with an inserted note identifying ‘J P’ as ‘Jane Pulter, baptized May 1. 1625, buried oct 8 1645, aet. 20’.
Facsimile of f. 17v in Robson, p. 240.
Upon the imprisonment of his Sacred Majestie that unparalel'd Prince King Charles the ffirst (‘Why I sit sighing here ask mee noe more’)
‘Vain Erostratus was soe fond of ffame’
‘Vertue once in the Olympicks fought a duell’
‘View but this Tulip, Rose, or July fflower’
The weepeinge wishe January .1665 (‘O that the tears that tricle from mine eyes’)
The Welcom (‘Dear Death thou'rt welcom to my troubled soul’)
The Welcome (‘Death come and welcome thou'rt my Ancient friend’)
‘When as that Geniall Universall ffire’
‘When Brittish Brennus Sack'd that Noble Citty’
‘When fair Aurora drest with raidient Light’
‘When God (who is to Mercie most inclin'd)’
‘When Mighty Nimrade Hunting after fame’
‘When Phalaris for Tiranny soe ffam'd’
‘When royal ffergus Line did rule this Realm’
‘When scornd Medea saw Cruesa led’
‘Who can but pitty this poor Turtle Dove’
Facsimile and transcription of f. 104r in Reading Early Modern Women, ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer (New York & London, 2004), pp. 390-1.
‘Why art thou sad at the aproach of Night’
‘Why must I thus for ever bee confin'd’
The Wish (‘Oh that I were a Sun that I might Send’)
‘You that love Poppit Playes, Masks, Court Buffoons’
The Unfortunate Florinda
An unfinished prose romance, in two parts, beginning ‘When that voluptuous Prince Roderigo had driven his Infant Nephew and King...’.
Copy, headed (f. 1r rev.) ‘The unfortunate Florinda Written by the Noble Hadrassas The first Part’, ‘The Second Part’ beginning on f. 32r rev., incomplete.
Copy of ‘The Second Part of the Unfortunate fflorinda’, a sheaf of twelve folio leaves in a separate folder.