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Manuscript transcription of sonnets by William Alabaster (1567-1640)

A sequence of sixty-three sonnets by William Alabaster from the initial fly-leaves of a beautifully bound copy of a French book of hours (1558). This is the most important manuscript source for these sonnets which were never published in his lifetime, and of which only two other substantial manuscripts remain. The text appears to have been transcribed from another source. For more information see The sonnets of William Alabaster, edited by G.M. Story and Helen Gardner (1959).

Given by Thomas Baker.

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Sonnets by William Alabaster.
Sonnets by William Alabaster.
Detail showing the first sonnet of the sequence.
Detail showing the first sonnet of the sequence, which opens with the line "The night, the starless night of passion..."