Pastoral poem, "A silly Sheapheard in Arcadia dwelt"

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 33
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      4 pp. With smudges and corrections, including omitted line interpolated: probably a copy. Conjugate folios. Watermark narrow, ending at tail with a "decrescent". Lines 23, 54 and 88 are badly affected by holes frayed in a former horizontal fold; page nos. 1 and 2 removed by corners being torn away.

Scope and Content

Pastoral poem beginning "A silly Sheapheard in Arcadia dwelt", in alternate-rhyme pentameter quatrains (28, followed by concluding pair of alexandrine couplets); ending "The Earthe my sober End, & quiet Pilgrimage".

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The author of the poem is unknown

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Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby, 29 October 1975 (Lot 152)


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