Folger MS W.a.118

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS W.a.118
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1765.

29 items.

Coz. Widow Davis gives compiler a Shenstone manuscript ca. 1752.

Lighthearted poems (many about public affairs) with some social satire. 

Format Octavo
Book Size
Filled Page Count 22 leaves
Item Count 29
Poem Count 29
First Line Index Yes
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.


Folger MS W.a.118.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:10:40 AM
First Line Context
The Curfew tolls the Knell of parting Day

f. 12v.

Local title: An elegy written in a country churchyard.

Attributed author: Thomas Gray, author of The cat and vase.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular or frequent; some even note how the compiler acquired the items. 


Post-bound. Filled, the writing goes completely into the gutter, and even subsequent pencil notes go into the gutter, so bound very late. Originally a slim notebook or set of gatherings.

Modern binding.



Indications of use

Editorial changes to first few items (but later entries cleaner).

Item formatting

Occasional flourishes at ends of poems.

Ownership mark

No name, but Coz. Widow Davis gives the compiler a Shenstone manuscript around 1752.