Princeton Taylor no. 87

Title Poems and Songs upon Several Occasions.
Archive Princeton University Library Special Collections
Call Number Princeton Taylor no. 87
Complete Yes

Joshua Peart, 1726.

256 poems.

A large eclectic book with a special concentration of pastoral poems and songs, political satire and other poems about politicians, and humorous poems; also contains multiple poems about alcohol and tobacco.

Book Size 19 x 15cm
Filled Page Count 330 pages
Item Count 256
Poem Count 256
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.


Princeton Taylor no. 87.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2022-07-20 12:32:10 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:50:12 AM
First Line Context
A Man of Wisdom may disguise

pp. 92r–94v

Local title: A Tale.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: A Man of Learning may disguise...

Other: n/a

All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd

pp. 101v–103r

Local title: Sweet William's farewell to Black ey'd Susan.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

God prosper long our noble King/ our lives and safeties all

pp. 44v–57r

Local title: Chevy Chace.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: in English on versos and Latin on the rectos.

Thou who dost all my worldly Thoughts employ

pp. 19v–20r

Local title: Doctor Welwood's Daughter's verses to her Husband Captain Molesworth.

Attributed author: Doctor Welwood's Daughter ... [wife of] Captain Molesworth.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: Thou, who does all my worldly thoughts employ...

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions






Indications of use

Alphabetical tabs suggest the book was perhaps intended as a commonplace book, but was used instead as a poetry book.

The answers to riddles appear directly underneath them, suggesting the book wasn't necessarily for social use.

Footnotes on pp. 42v–43v, 98r, 120r, 124v, etc.

Uniform presentation of titles etc. plus single date on the title page imply the book was compiled over a relatively short period of time.

Item formatting

Numbered stanzas.

Lines under titles.

Lines between items.

Swirly lines next to certain lines of text for emphasis.


"Finis" written at the bottom of the last poem.

The first half of the book shows more of a thematic interest in love and courtship, while the second half of the book is more satirical and contains a lot of poems about political celebrities.

The index is mainly copied on the recto sides of pages.

Original poetry

Yes; the first two poems (which are about a Mrs. J—e M—ns) and the one on p. 65r about a Mrs. Frances Hargrave. There may be more, but my sense was that there were just these three.

Ownership mark

Bookplate: "Joshua Peart/ of the City of Lincoln/ Gentleman."

Page layout

Paginated by the compiler as folios. 

Table of Contents

Yes; there is a lengthy alphabetical index at the beginning of the manuscript.

Title page

Yes: "Poems and Songs upon Several Occasions./ Joshua Peart/ June 18. 1726."