|Content Description||Text consists of 178 lines preceded by a couplet by Pope, Alexander, Mr, 1688-1744 as follows : 'Of old, those met rewards who could excell / And such were prais'd who but endeavour'd well.', ascribed below to 'Pope'. The couplet is divided from the rest of the text by two red lines, one above and one below the couplet. The title is written prominently in large text at the top of f 1r.|
Text dated 'July, 1721' at bottom of the poem on f 4v
Poem appears to be in praise of Harley, Robert, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, 1661-1724 (statesman) referred to as 'Oxford' lines 2, 64, 148, and 152, and as 'Harley'in line 101. Reference in lines 89-90 to his wife, unclear which but presumably second wife, Sarah.
Poem refers to attack on Earl of Oxford's life by French refugee known as 'Marquis de Guiscard'