Folger MS M.a.187

Title A Collection of Poetry
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.187
Complete Yes

Anonymous (probably from Scotland), 1737–ca. 1740.

415 poems

Many religious/devotional poems.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.5cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 224 leaves
Item Count 415
Poem Count 415
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.


Folger MS M.a.187.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-04 1:56:34 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:06:04 AM
First Line Context
I Hold for faith

p. 164

Local title: Pro & Con.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line "I hold as Faith" instead of "I hold for Faith."

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Post-bound. Page gatherings quite visible from the edges of book, not trimmed evenly, though there are also five blank leaves at the end.

Original half vellum marbled paper boards, spine labelled "A Collection of Poetry."





Item formatting

Wavy horizontal line between items.

Larger hand for titles.


On the first fly-leaf is a statement written in an old hand: "There is another vol. smaller Quarto." 

Original poetry

Yes, apparently most. The language and subject matter suggest a connection to Scotland. Some poems from periodical sources.

Page layout

At the beginning of the book, two-column leaves show marks of folding down the middle to divide page.

Paginated (up to f. 230 in the compiler’s hand; leaves 225-30 are blank).

Table of Contents

Yes, at the beginning of the book; gives item and folio number.