The Complete Poems of Richard Barnfield/The Isham MS.
The Arms of Barnfield,
From the Harleian MS. 1241.
From the Isham MS. Lamport Hall, Northampton.
Monogram from Barnfield's Will at Lichfield.
VI. FROM A MS. IN THE POSSESSION OF SIR CHARLES H. ISHAM, LAMPORT HALL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.
Note.—The Manuscript, of which there follows for the first time, an exact reproduction, belongs to Sir Charles H. Isham, bart., of Lamport Hall, Northampton. It is a small paper book of eighteen leaves within a vellum skin, which seems a leaf of a Latin treatise. There is one leaf blank, and on the verso of the next the Latin lines on Tarquin and Lucrece begin; and so onward on other ten leaves—the last on one side only. The remainder is blank. Mr. A. J. Horwood is uncharacteristically inaccurate in his description of the MS. as Richard Barnfield's autograph is not at the end of the MS. but on page 17, in signing the verse-dedication to Sir John Spencer. See our Introduction on what belongs and does not (probably) belong to Barnefield.—G.