Houghton MS Eng 680

Title Poems on Various Occasion's and By Several Hands. Bristol 1780.
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 680
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1780.

55 poems.

Mainly devotional or conduct related poems, some describing Bristol and Quaker life. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.2cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 176 pages
Item Count 55
Poem Count 55
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.


Houghton MS Eng 680.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/363. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 3:04:00 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:22:01 AM
First Line Context
Could but our tempers move like this machine

f. 80

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

From Frozen Climes and Endless Tracts of Snow

f. 36.

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: Ambrose Philips.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Incomplete.

Other: n/a

The Curfew tolls the Knell of parting Day

f. 79.

Local title: Elegy in a Country Churchyard.

Attributed author: Gray. 

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Why droops the head, why languishes the eye

f. 2. 

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions


Pre-bound paperbook. Blanks interspersed throughout the manuscript.
Subsequently rebacked.
Bound in quarter calf with marbled paper boards.


Indications of use

Plenty of indications the book was compiled non-chronologically (blanks, spaces left for poems or decorative titles, general sense of space being designated before the previous pages were complete).

p. 69 pencil insert in another hand: “Paraphrase of [?] of Job by [?]”

p. 94 the first three lines only feature the first word of each line (as though those words were transcribed first for the whole page, followed by the remainder of each line). 

p. 121 “To the Memory of E: S.” only the first three words of the first line have been copied (“Whilst other were”), the rest of the page underneath the title is blank.

p. 122 “Elegy” crossed-out aggressively

Item formatting

Titles written in a larger, somewhat decorative font.

Double lines between most items; new items also frequently begun on new pages.

Double lines under most titles.

Occasional annotations.

Original poetry

Probably, many items unattributed. Presumably "On the Death of Edith Lovell & Joseph Sparrow, who were Shipwreck’d in their Passage from Cork to Bristol near Uphill in Somersetshire the 30th of 12th mo: 178{1}" (136) and maybe "To Ethelinda who sent the Author attach Paper with this Motto," and others

Ownership mark
Harvard bookplate "Given in Honor of George Lyman Kittredge 1913." 
Page layout


Table of Contents

Yes, on the back of the title page, but it does not list all the items. 

Title page

Yes: "Poems on Various Occasion’s and By Several Hands. Bristol 1780."