Clark MS 1984.004

Title A common place book.
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1984.004
Complete Yes

Thomas Trigg, 1785.

Attributes print sources of most poems.

54 poems.

Quite a few extracts of blank verse from Shakespeare plays, Latin poetry. The compiler seems to rely on a lot of anthologies of extracts .

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.1cm x 15.2cm
Filled Page Count 173 pages
Item Count 64
Poem Count 54
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose, Theatre
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 1984.004.” 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 3:56:00 PM
First Line Context
'Twas on a lofty vase's side

p. 59

Local title: Advice to the Fair Sex.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: Only the last six lines of Gray's poem and under a different title, though Gray's poem is given as the source.

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Sweet bird! that kindly perching near

pp. 72–75.

Local title: An Evening Address to a Nightingale.

Attributed author: Shaw.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Includes annotation of "he, the noblest..." as referring to Lord Lyttleton. 

Take, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear

p. 136.

Local title: Elegy—Written by Mr. Mason, on the death of his Wife, who died whilst drinking a Glass of Water at Bristol-Wells.

Attributed author: Mr. Mason.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Why mourns my friend! why weeps his downcast eye?

pp. 87–92.

Local title: An Elegy. Describing the sorrow of an ingenuous mind, on the melancholy Event of a licentious Amour.

Attributed author: Shenstone.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Attributed source: Shenstones Works.

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; though sometimes just the print source, not the author’s name.


Vellum with simple tooling.


Single, though quite variable in appearance. 

Indications of use

Note opposite p.1 to the reader about underlining (as well as title page and index) suggest efforts made to unify the book, and sense of an audience. 

Original poetry

Yes, p. 25 item attributed to Trigg. 

Ownership mark

"Thos. Trigg, Royston, Cambridgeshire" and "TT." inscribed on front paste-down endpaper; "T. Trigg 1785" and "Thos. Trigg 1785" inscribed on front free endpaper.

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler beginning after the index).

Table of Contents

Yes, an alphabetical index immediately following the title page. Entries are a mixture of titles, authors, subjects, somewhat arbitrarily.

Title page