Tears Wip'd Off, or the Second Essay of the Quakers by Way of Poetry. William PENN.

Tears Wip'd Off, or the Second Essay of the Quakers by Way of Poetry

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[PENN, William]. Tears Wip'd Off, or the Second Essay of the Quakers by Way of Poetry: Occasioned by the Coronation of James and Mary. Written in the Sincerty of the Spirit, by W.P. a Servant to the Light. London: Printed by J. P. for Henry Playford, near the Temple-Church, 1685. Folio. 1st ed. 4pp. Early 20th-century 3/4 green morocco and cloth, gilt-ruled spine, marbled endpapers, T.e.g. A very good or better copy. An excessively rare work. First and only edition of Penn's coronation poem. Worldcat locates five copies. Wing (2nd ed.) P138; ESTC (RLIN) R005325. Hazlitt records the title in his Bibliographical Collections and Notes on Early English Literature, made during the years 1893-1903, published in 1903. He merely records the title, but gives no indication, whatever, of the whereabouts of the copy cited. The reason for Penn's excursion into verse is easily understood. Penn hailed James II's accession to the throne with high hopes. James had been his father's friend, and, in a certain sense, his own guardian. He considered him to be sincerely averse to religious persecution, and believed that under his auspices a golden age of Liberty and Justice might be inaugurated. The King encouraged his hopes. Penn resided first at Holland House, then at Windsor. He was frequently closeted for hours with James, was denounced as a Catholic, or even a Jesuit, by some, and courted as a royal favorite by others. This copy belonged to the English book collector Narcissus Luttrell (1657-1732). As was his scrupulous practice, he recorded the price "1d" and the date purchased 22 April 1685." The coronation of James and Mary was the next day 23 April.

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