In left-to-right order, each item listed below is identified by (a) its Donne Variorum short form (nc = noncanonical), (b) a siglum-plus- ordinal-position item tag, (c) its location in the artifact (by folio or page nos.), and (d) diplomatic transcriptions of its heading (HE) and first line.
Additional Information: om = omitted Gr. = Grierson lm = left margin | = following words on this line / = following words on next line see footnotes also
Inscription on title page (f. [i]): A Collection of/ Original Poetry,/ written about the time of/ Ben: Iohnson./ qui. ob. 1637/ [2nd hand, that of John Simeon] Chiefly in the Autograph of/ D.r Donne/ Dean of S.t Paul's ff. [iir-v] Contents (lists all poems by ms. page no.; same hand as first hand on title page) f. [iii] an old ms. leaf wr. in Latin, used as part of binding ElAut TM1.1 pp. 1-2 HE The widdow/ Noe spring nor sommer beauty (ll. 1-28, 33-50) [attr I D:] Beggar TM1.2 p. 2 HE Ep. [lm] | I am unable yonder beggar cryes (2 ll.) [unattr] Ind TM1.3 p. 2 HE Sonnett: [lm] | I can love both fayre & browne (ll. 1-9) [unattr] ElWar TM1.4 p. 3 HE Datie bellu%M/ expertis [lm] | [1/2 p. of "Love's War" scratched out] Prohib TM1.5 p. 3 HE om | Love & hate mee too (ll. 17-24) [unattr] ElExpost TM1.6 pp. 4-5 HE Elegie / To make the doubt cleere (ll. 1-22, 27-28, 31-32, 53-70) [unattr] nc TM1.7 p. 6 HE Sejanus / Ben Jhons [lm] |Swell. Swell my eyes (22 ll.) [Ben Jonson] nc TM1.8 p. 6 HE mariage [lm] | Mirrors though dect wth diamonds (4 ll.) [??] nc TM1.9 p. 6 HE om | what ioy or honor can compare (6 ll.) [??] nc TM1.10 p. 7 HE Epithalamion: B: J: / Gladd time is at his point ariu'd (35 ll.) [Ben Jonson?]1 nc TM1.11 p. 8 HE A Cry for/ Cupidd/ B: J: [lm] |Beauties haue ye seene this toy (28 ll.) [Jonson, masque?]2 nc TM1.12 p. 9 HE W: Place [lm] On a ring giuen to his M.rs / Goe ringe go to her in a happie hower (18 ll.) [Strode?] nc TM1.13 p. 10 HE Sonnett: [lm] | Hence vaine delights as short (18 ll.) [Fletcher??]3 nc TM1.14 p. 10 HE A Curse [lm] | Who so desires my loue to know (8 ll.) [??] nc TM1.15 p. 11 HE Epig: [lm] | In Iuuines nimis modestos ( 5 ll., all except title scratched out) [??] nc TM1.16 p. 11 HE om | Think not Deare loue yt Ile rebuke (10 ll.) [??] nc TM1.17 pp. 12-13 HE om | If shadowes bee the pictures excellence (48 ll.) [Walton Poole; Gr. 460] ElComp TM1.18 pp. 14-16 HE Elegie / As the sweet sweat of roses in a still (54 ll.) [unattr] ElAnag TM1.19 pp. 16-18 HE Elegie / Marry and love thy Flauia (56 ll.) [unattr] ElPerf TM1.20 pp. 18-21 HE Elegie / Once and but once found in thy Companie (ll. 1-6, 9-72) [unattr] ElNat TM1.21 pp. 21-22 HE Elegie / Natures lay idiot (30 ll.) [unattr] ElBrac TM1.22 pp. 23-27 HE Elegie / Not that in cullour it was like thy hayre (114 ll.) [unattr] nc TM1.23 pp. 27-28 HE Satyr / A woman's friendship! God (whom I trust in) (32 ll.) [Ben Jonson] TWHence TM1.24 p. 29 HE om | At once fro%M hence my lines and I depart (14 ll.) [Incerto. in rm, 2nd hand] TWHail TM1.25 pp. 29-30 HE om | All hayle Sweet Poett (32 ll.) [unattr; To M. I. W. in rm in 2nd hand] RWThird TM1.26 pp. 30-31 HE To Mr Rowland / Woodward [lm] | Like one who in her third widdowhood doth p%Pfess (36 ll.) [unattr] HWNews TM1.27 pp. 31-32 HE To Sr Hen: Wotton: [lm] | Heers noe more news then virtue (27 ll.) [unattr] HWKiss TM1.28 p. 32 HE To Sr Hen: Wotton: [lm] | Sr more yn kisses (ll. 1-24) [unattr] EdHerb TM1.29 p. 33 HE To Sr Ed: Herbert: [lm] | Man is a lump (ll. 1-30, 41-50) [unattr] Carey TM1.30 pp. 34 HE to Mrs Essex Rich and / her Sister fro%M Amiens [lm] | Maddame. / Heere wher by all (ll. 1-36) [unattr] HWKiss TM1.31 pp. 35-36 HE om | The Countrie is a desert where noe good (ll. 25-58, 63-70) [unattr] BedfReas TM1.32 p. 36 HE To ye C: of Bedford: [lm] | Madame. / Reason is our soules left hand (ll. 1-16, 33-38) [unattr] Bait TM1.33 p. 37 HE om | Come liue wth mee (28 ll.) [attr ...then I./ D.] nc TM1.34 pp. 38-39 HE Loue. [lm] | Base loue ye stayne of youth the scorn of age (58 ll.) [attr D.] nc TM1.35 p. 40 HE On ye Death of Q Eliz: / The Queen was brought by water to Whithall (8 ll.) [??] nc TM1.36 p. 40 HE an other / Wepe greatest Ile, and ffor thy Mrs death (6 ll.) [apocryphal, T. Dekker] nc TM1.37 p. 40 HE om | Twise twelue years not yet full could dreary? breath (6 ll.) [attr in 2nd hand Mr Morrice verses found in his pocket] nc TM1.38 p. 41 HE Prayer. / Behold o God INRIvers of my teares (26 ll.) [Will Browne, Pembrooke] nc TM1.39, 40 p. 42 HE Love [lm] | Loue whose powr & might (32 ll.) + HE Her Answer / Yor lr%Me I receiud (16 ll.) [??; poems side-by-side on p.] Broken TM1.41 p. 43 HE om | he is madd who euer sayes (32 ll.) [attr I D] nc TM1.42 p. 44 HE made his tombe in / his life time [lm] | Heer lyes Sr Baptist Hickes knt (2 ll.) [??; ref. to Ld Campden] nc TM1.43 p. 44 HE Io Hosk: [lm] | Here lyes Sr John skip squyre (4 ll.) [??] nc TM1.44 p. 44 HE Ep: [lm] | If to the graue ther euer were assigned (6 ll.) [??] nc TM1.45 p. 45 HE a Riddle of/ a Penn: [lm] | of flesh and blood first was I borne (20 ll.) [unattr] ValMourn TM1.46 p. 46-47 HE Elegie / As Virtuous men pass mildly away (36 ll.) [attr I. D:] nc TM1.47 p. 47 HE A Poeme: / Absence heare my protestacion (24 ll.) [Hoskins] nc TM1.48 p. 48 HE To the younge gentlew: at Court: / Beware fayre mayds (26 ll.) [J. Sylvester] nc TM1.49 p. 49 HE Qualities for a lover / If I freely may discover (20 ll.) [Ben Jonson]4 Twick TM1.50 p. 49 HE Womens / Tears [lm] | Hither with Cristall glasses louers come (ll. 19-27) [unattr] Will TM1.51 p. 50-51 HE The Will: / Before I sight my last gaspe (ll. 1-18, 28-54) [attr I D:] ConfL TM1.52 p. 51-52 HE om | Some man unworthy to bee possessor (21 ll.) [attr I D] SGo TM1.53 p. 52 HE A Songe [lm] | Goe catch a falling starr (27 ll.) [unattr] ElFatal TM1.54 p. 53-54 HE Elegie / By our first strang and fatall enterview (56 ll.) [attr D] nc TM1.55 p. 55 HE om | Fayrest and kindest of all woman kind (12 ll.) [??] nc TM1.56 p. 55 HE om | My frutles prayers may cease in vayne to moue her (2 ll.) [??] nc TM1.57 p. 55 HE Love. [lm] | The thirst of Tantalus (7 ll.) [??] nc TM1.58 p. 55 HE all things / change [lm] | Yet haue I not this loue of change in mee (4 ll.) [??} nc TM1.59 p. 55 HE om | Disdain me not that am yr owne (4 ll.) [??] nc TM1.60 p. 56 In Iuliett & Romeo [lm] | HE at a dance / Oh shee doth teach the torches to burne bright (12 ll.) [Shak., RJ 1.5.44 ff.] nc TM1.61 p. 56 HE Loue [lm] | Loue yf a god thou art (12 ll.) [??; Gr. 448] ElAnag TM1.62 p. 57 HE Loue / & / Beauty. [lm] | Loue built on beauty soone as beuty dyes (ll. 27-38, 41-52, 55-56) [unattr] LovDiet TM1.63 p. 58 HE Loues Dyett: / to what a cumbersome unwieldiness (ll. 1-26) [unattr] Carey TM1.64 p. 59 HE om | this virtue thinkinge to giue dignities (ll. 37-63) [unattr] Lect TM1.65 p. 60 HE Shadow: [lm] | Stand still & I will read to thee (26 ll.) [unattr] nc TM1.66 p. 61 HE B Jonson [lm] | The Bodie / Sitting & readie to bee drawne? [Picture in lm beside l. 9] (33 ll.) [Ben Jonson] nc TM1.67 p. 62 to ye Kinge [lm] | Middleton's Verses who was comitted to yr Fleet for ye / play called the "Game at chess:" / A Harmless Game etc. (8 ll.) [??] nc TM1.68 p. 62 HE Woying [lm] | Foure wayes some say there are of woying (8 ll.) [??] nc TM1.69 p. 63 HE Heart / Lost. [lm] | Good folkes for gold or hire (23 ll., undeciph.) [Drayton] nc TM1.70 p. 63 HE Riddle on Love. / Who can define this all thing nothing loue (14 ll.) [attr. Sherly] Break TM1.71 p. 64 HE Woman: [lm] | I true 'tis day what though it be? (18 ll.) [attr D.] Nott TM1.72 p. 64 HE E. of / Nottingham I Earle of Nothing=am, am iustly soe for I did nothing all the world doth know when braue Count Essex landed on the shore I landed too, but Cales was wonn before./ Flea TM1.73 p. 65 HE Flea. [lm] | Mark but this flea (ll. 1-9, 19-27) [attr D.] nc TM1.74 p. 65 HE Starr / & / Moone [lm] | Mr Starr and Mrs Moone maryed: / Dick Starr & lis moone together doe wedd (4 ll.) [??] ElAnag TM1.75 p. 67 Elegie Iocos: / Marry and loue etc. (ll. 1-26) [unattr] ALPHABETICAL INDEX of poems follows p.  in hand of John Simeon ----------------- 1Attrib. to B J in ms., but not listed in Hunter, The Complete Poetry of Ben Jonson. Not in Bates' Concordance. 2Not listed in Hunter. Not in Bates. 3Similar to but diff. from a song in Fletcher's The Nice Valour; prob. memorial reconstruction or based on same original as Fletcher. 4From The Poetaster