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Title from title page.
Formerly owned by Sir Thomas Strange. On flyleaf: T. A. W. L. Strange.
Table of contents at beginning of manuscript, and index at end.
Pasted on flyleaf: dealer's description of manuscript.
Binding: contemporary red morocco; gilt decoration. In gilt on cover: the arms of King James II, to whom the manuscript was presented about 1700. Title on spine: "Loyal Poems &c."
Manuscript, in a single hand, of a collection of 239 political poems expressing loyalty to James II and entreaties for him to resume the English throne. Titles of such poems include His majestie's royal farewell to England and The confinement by Sir Robert L'Estrange. Other entries consist of songs in praise of King James, including A health to the King's return; A song to the tune of the King shall enjoy his own again; and A loyal Jacobean song. Many other poems lampoon or eulogize specific figures, such as Elegy on Mr. Ashton; An acrostic on John Tillotson; and an Epitaph on Algernon Sidney. Numerous poems mock the figures of William and Mary, including On the coronation of K. William and Q. Mary; and On the late metamorphosis of an old picture of Oliver Cromwells into a new picture of King William, the head chang'd the hierogliphicks remaining; others satirize the Protestant Church, Parliament, the Church of England, and the nonjuror controversy that followed the Revolution of 1688.
1 v. (596 p.), plus index. One leaf missing p. 367-8 ; 21 cm.
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