Beinecke Osborn d492

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn d492
Complete Yes

John Waite, ca. 1800.

In a single hand up to f. 139 when two other hands take over for the last twenty folios. This entry considers only the first hand's section of the manuscript. 

139 folios.

Lyrics, fables, and occasional verse. Multiple poems about violets. 

Book Size 21cm
Filled Page Count 70 pages
Item Count 31
Poem Count 31
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Beinecke Osborn d492.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 1:42:51 PM
First Line Context Print Source
Beneath this Stone lies Katherine Gray

pp. 131r–132r.

Local title: A Whimsical Epetaph[sic] on Katherine Gray a dealer in Earthen Ware.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The Counsels of a Friend, Belinda, hear

pp. 39r–46r

Local title: Advice to Belinda.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The Curfew tolls the Knell of parting Day

pp. 16r–26r

Local title: An Elegy. Written in a Country Church Yard.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Turn, gentle hermit of the dale,

pp. 99r–111r

Local title: Edwin & Angelina

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Annotation on 98v: 'Nb Edwin having been rejected by Angelina took Upon himself the resolution of becoming an Hermit so Angelina after that could not rest but sought him in the Dress of a Male turning at length the the Vale where Edwin was is adress'ed by Edwin she at length was descover'd to be a Maid and relates her story when they discover Each other.'

Written in the space below in a larger font: 'I never knew a proudman that was not ill natured no an ill natured man that was not proud. John Waite Book.

Feature Note
Author attributions



Original half calf over marbled paper boards.

Decorations - hand-drawn

Calligraphic flourishes.

Decorative "Finis" at the end of each poem.


Single copperplate hand, with some additions in two other hands (one which is identified as J.H. Waite, possibly the compiler's son) at the end of the volume. 

Indications of use

Faintly in pencil on the first page: "TRACTS," followed by some numbers which are either dates or prices.

p. 69 the compiler mistakenly began to re-copy the stanza he just finished then scribbled out the duplicate line. Otherwise a very fair copy, decorative book.

Taken over other nineteenth-century hands at the end, one of which is J.H. Waite, which suggests the compiler died or otherwise passed it on to a relative after the manuscript's composition. 

Item formatting

"John Waite Book" appears throughout, usually at the ends of poems.

Decorative "Finis" at the end of each poem, plus other flourishes.

Large font and decorative titles.

Frequently numbered stanzas. 

Items regularly begun on a new page with only a couple exceptions. 

Frequent maxims, potentially original to the compiler, at the ends of poems, e.g. "If we did not flatter ourselves flattery from others would have no effect. John Waite Book" (114r).


Recto side only, excepting a few pages at the beginning of the manuscript.

Ownership mark

Ownership inscriptions of "John Waite's Book" and "John Waite Book" appear throughout.

Lengthy annotation in pencil signed by Colin George Parker and dated "6th March 1983," discussing personal experiences.

Page layout

Some traces left of erased pencil lines. Perhaps the compiler wanted or needed a guide for his writing.

Paginated up to 139 by folio (recto side only).