Leeds Brotherton Lt 15

Title Untitled
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Lt 15
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1723, with a few later additions in 1740s.

153 poems. 

Mostly seventeenth-century poetry, typically very short poems with thematic titles. Lots of verses on classical Greek figures.

Book Size
Filled Page Count 220 pages
Item Count 201
Poem Count 153
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose, Prose advice, Questions and answers, 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.


Leeds Brotherton Lt 15.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/293. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:34:58 AM
First Line Context
It must be done, my Soul; but 'tis a strange

pp. 155–166

Local title: The separation

Attributed author: John Norris

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Last lines: "With what a dreadful curiosity/ Doth she launch out into the sea of vast eternity."

Other: n/a

My Time, O ye Muses, was happily spent

pp. 104–107

Local title: The melancholy shepherd.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Sweet are the charms of her I love

p. iii

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Take Wing, my Soul, and upwards bend thy Flight

p. 172-173

Local title: The elevation

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. No blanks, this book is filled to the brim, but the writing never approaches the gutters.

Rough calf, front cover detached.


Yes, regular.

Decorations - printed

Woodcut portrait of Christopher Helvicus on the back pastedown.



Indications of use

p. 211: “I ended this book Novr. 13th. 1723,” but small dated notes from the 1740s (eg. p. 118) and added items suggest the compiler returned to the book after 1723. 

pp. 190–198 is an excerpt from a play, except p. 196, which is a complete poem (A Country Life). This could suggest that some items were added before others, meaning that the manuscript might not have been compiled from front to back.

Frequent latin notes at the tops of pages and throughout the manuscript often with dates in 1740s, suggesting these poems were re-read frequently, though no sign of alteration at these later dates. If the Latin notes could be deciphered/ translated, this would indicate more specifically how the compiler used the book after its compilation. 

Item formatting

Frequently numbered stanzas.

Titles often written in what appears to be lighter coloured red ink.

Frequent faint, double-lines between items (again, likely red ink, though I can’t be sure). Also frequently ends items with “.~/” which makes differentiating between items easier than it might appear on first-glance at the manuscript.


Some titles resemble commonplace headings – e.g. Discord, Danger, Death.

pp. 66–73 written sideways.

p. 211: “I ended this book Novr. 13th. 1723.”

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler; the first 7 and last 3 filled pages are unpaginated).