Clark MS 1984.001

Title Untitled
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1984.001
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1735–1812.

Written tête-bêche.

137 poems.

Primarily devotional poetry and Methodist hymns.

Format Octavo
Book Size 16.2cm x 11.8 cm
Filled Page Count 318 pages
Item Count 137
Poem Count 137
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
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.


Clark MS 1984.001.” 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 3:55:25 PM
First Line Context
At length escap’d from ev’ry Human Eye

Folio: n/a

Local title: Part of Geo: Lyttletons celebrated Monody on the Death of his lady.

Attributed author: Geo: Lyttleton.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: A line of dashes signifies the omission of the first part, then it begins with Thou plaintive Muse whom o’er his Laura’s urn/ Unhappy Petrach call’d to mourn...

Other: n/a

Dear Cloe, while the busy croud

Folio: n/a

Local title: Cotton's Fireside.

Attributed author: Cotton.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Father of All! in every Age

p. 16.

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Let coward Guilt with pallid Fear

Folio: n/a

Local title: Written at Midnight in a ThunderStorm.

Attributed author: Mrs. Carter.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Take, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear

Folio: n/a

Local title: An Elegy by the Revd Mr Mason of York on the Death of his Wife who died whilst drinking a Glass of Water at Bristol Wells.

Attributed author: Revd Mr Mason.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The Day of Wrath, that Dreadful Day

pp. 144–147

Local title: On the last Judgement: A Translation of the Church Hymn beginning thus—Dies Iræ, Dies Iræ.

Attributed author: the Earl of Roscommon.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; seemingly whenever the author is known. With the exception of many of the hymns, almost all the poetry is attributed.


Post-Bound. Binding made-up of gatherings created separately; seven clearly distinguishable gatherings.

Original full calf with paper overlays. Backstrip defective.

Decorations - printed

Printed poem "Night" pasted-in on inside front cover. 



Indications of use

Wool or hair or some other fibre stuck into top of pp numbered 95 and 96.

Possibly later annotations – for example on the page numbered 43.


The book has been written tête-bêche (written from both ends of the volume inwards toward the middle, with the text in one half the volume rotated 180° relative to the other half).

Mottos after the "Night" poem could be considered a sort of title page, followed by a blank verso. 

Ownership mark

There is something like a signature device on some pages. 

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler, but in multiple paginations, suggesting poems were perhaps written into different gatherings, then bound together. Begins with pp. 42-173 [interrupted by pp. 1-[8] – wove paper insertion]; then continues with 2 unnumbered pages + 8 pages of unnumbered index + 10 pages unnumbered; then shifts to reverse orientation; no consistent numbering for this ambigraph section).

Table of Contents

Yes, in the middle of the book.

The Index records items from the first section of the book (the Hymns section), including the first 41 pp. which are missing. 

Alphabetical listing by first lines.