Document ReferencePw V 1056
TitleMS poem, entitled 'The Sacrifice', not ascribed; c. July 1721
DateJul 1721
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionText 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'
Title Of WorkThe Sacrifice
First Line of PoemExempt from factious strife and public noise,
Last Line of PoemThat 'twas a poor unminded, but a grateful youth
Physical DescriptionTwo folios folded once to form four quartos, stitched together with green silk
Physical match: Pw2 V 195 (dimensions, page, script)
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: Arms of Amsterdam and bell suspended under the arms, 97 x 87 mm

Countermark: Letters IV, 10 x 18 mm
WatermarkArms of Amsterdam
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA1145Harley; Sarah (-1737); Countess of Oxford and Mortimer-1737
NA1123Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet1688-1744
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