The troubles of Joseph related in scripture translated into English verse in imitation of Mr Abraham Cowleys Davideis

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 51
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      1 vol. ( on 45 pp. of [ii], 45, [182] pp., otherwise blank) Title is followed by "The contents" (4 lines). Date, 1680, in margin opposite heading of "The first Canto". Some text corrections. "R H" and flourishes, in faded ink, at top of front cover; possibly author's initials. Bound in limp vellum, worn and holed especially on spine and back cover, three thongs, two leather tie-pairs (half of lower pair gone). Paper label on front cover inscribed, probably in a later hand, "Joseph / A poem". Fore-edge inscribed "Poems".

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Extended paraphrase of the story of Joseph, from Genesis, with the elaboration that the Devil, out of resentment, first sends personified Discord to incite Joseph's brothers against him, and later sends personified Lust to make Potiphar's wife tempt him. In four cantos, each headed by a prose summary. Imitates Cowley's heroic epic "Davideis". Corrected.

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The author of the poem is unknown

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Bought from Sotheby's, 14 December 1976, lot 192


In English

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