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38 - Volume containing MS poems and songs, by anon. and various authors including John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, John Dryden and Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset; n.d.
Pw V 38/6 (pp 47-51)
MS poem, entitled 'A Familiar Epistle to Mr Julian Secretary to the Muses', by George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham; n.d.
A full description of the volume in which this item appears can be found under the reference Pw V 38.
Text consists of 100 lines.
Glosses to the text (see below) in a different hand.
'Sr G Etheridg' appears in margin by line 16, referring to 'Poor George' in the text.
'Sr Carr Scroope' appears in margin by line 24.
'Dutches: Portsmouth' appears in mrgin by line 50, referring to 'Louisa's name' in the text.
Attributed also to Roger L'Estrange and John Dryden. POAS I attributes this to Villiers and dates the poem as 1677.
Title Of Work
A Familiar Epistle to Mr Julian Secretary to the Muses
First Line of Poem
Thou common shore of this Poetick Towne
Last Line of Poem
His Mistress lost, and yett his Pen's his sword
For details of the physical evidence (paper, watermarks, binding etc) of the volume in which this item appears see the entry for Pw V 38.
Crum, Index, T 2152
University of Nottingham Library: Pw V 32/8
University of Nottingham Library: Pw V 40/43
University of Nottingham Library: PW V 42/8
Other versions of the same MS.
Dryden, Miscellany Poems vol 6 (4th ed, London, 1716), p 359
Works of Buckingham (1714) ii, p 221
Poems on Affairs of State, vol I (1963), pp 387-91
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Dates of existence
Julian; Robert (fl 1670-c.1690); Captain; scrivener and professional purveyor of manuscript lampoons
L'Estrange; Roger (1616-1704); Sir
Dryden; John (1631-1700); poet
Villiers; George (1628-1687); 2nd Duke of Buckingham
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