Document ReferencePw V 1257
TitleMS poem, entitled 'Abigalls Lamentation for the Loss of Harley', by William Walsh; n.d. but circa 1708.
Date1708 (c)
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionThe poem consists of 40 lines in rhyming couplets.

The MS has the word 'Imperfect' written below the title,possibly because the verses were left unfinished by Walsh's death only a month after the events described in this poem.

The poem is a satirical elegy about the dismissal of Harley from parliament in February 1708 and the resignation of other Harleyites. The poem ascribes the dismissal to an unsuccessful struggle with Marlborough.

The poem is in epic imitation of Homer and of Horace, with mock-epic deflation.
Title Of WorkAbigalls Lamentation for the Loss of Harley, Taken from the Greek by Mr. Walsh
First Line of PoemNow Phoebus did with frowns ye World Survey
Last Line of PoemAnd Cardiffs Cliffs obscur'd Ramilias field
Physical DescriptionSingle folio leaf
ConditionFragile, top quarter almost detached
Descriptive FeaturesCountermark: Letters EB, 11 x 24 mm
Related MaterialCrum, Index, N 545
Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Ballard 47, f 85
Bodleian Library, Oxford, Top. Oxon. c 108, p 69
University of Nottingham Library:
Publication NotePoems on Affairs of State, vol VII (1975), pp 302-5

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA72697Masham; Abigail (-1734); Mrs; née Hill: supporter of Robert Harley at court-1734
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA31172Harcourt; Simon (c.1661-1727); 1st Viscount Harcourt; cr. Baron Harcourt 1711; cr. Viscount Harcourt 1721; M.P.; barrister; solicitor general 1702-1707; attorney general 1707-1708; Lord Chancellor 1713-14c.1661-1727
NA28983Spencer; Charles (c.1674-1722); 3rd Earl of Sunderland; statesman and bibliophilec.1674-1722
NA19276Godolphin; Sidney (1645-1712); 1st Earl of Godolphin; M.P.; Lord High Treasurer 1702-17101645-1712
NA10323Hanmer; Thomas (1677-1746); 4th Baronet; Speaker of House of Commons 1714-151677-1746
NA29237Gower; John Leveson- (1675-1709); 1st Baron Gower; succ. as Baronet Gower 1691; cr. 1703; M.P.; chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster 1702-17061675-1709
NA488Holles; John (1662-1711); 3rd Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne; cr. Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne 1694, 1st Duke of second creation; also 4th Earl of Clare1662-1711
NA19002St John; Henry (1678-1751); 1st Viscount Bolingbroke; statesman1678-1751
NA29686Butler; James (1665-1745); 2nd Duke of Ormonde; succ. 1688; formerly styled Earl of Ossory; Jacobite; impeached and attainted 17151665-1745
NA72911Walsh; William (1663-1708); Mr; poet1663-1708
NA72718Finch; Heneage (-1719); 1st Earl of Aylsford; cr. Baron Guernsey 1703; cr. 1st Earl of Aylesford 1714; appointed solicitor general 1678-1719
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