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Alternative title: Various Exercises and Fragments in Metre, by Divers Authors
Note: Jeffery refers to himself as 'Editor' on pages 87 and 94.
Composed: Lachlan, Derwent Valley, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
Issue Details: First known date: 1864... 1864 Shelousho Melochim, or, Various Exercises and Fragments in Metre by Divers Authors
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  • Title commences with 'Three kings' in Hebrew language.
  • Epigraph: At first glance you might deem this a trifling affair, and worthy only of boys; - having attempted a similar task, you would find it an arduous undertaking. [The epigraph is in Latin and taken from the verse of Terentianus Maurus. Molesworth provides this translantion in his Notes to the selection, p. 113.]
  • Dedication: To the Right Honourable Richard Pigott, (the VIIth) LORD VISCOUNT MOLESWORTH, BARON OF PHILIPSTOWN, KNIGHT OF SWORDS, etc, etc, etc; this trifling FAMILY MEMORIAL is most respectfully DEDICATED by his Lordship's very obedient and affectionate nephew, Molesworth Jeffery.
  • Author's note: In his Preface (v-vi) Molesworth Jeffery describes the family ritual of composing and reading verses at a family gathering on the 6 January each year. Jeffery has preserved some of these 'effusions' and is now publishing them. This work includes poems written by Jeffery's wife and children.
  • Author's note: The postscript (103) includes the following statement: I believe that not a single word disagreeing with Religion or good Morals can be found in the foregoing Verses. And though in no instance can they be said to be of a high Poetick character, a perusal may innocently amuse, and, peradventure in a degree, instruct many a young mind.

  • The publication includes a selection of poetry (1-102), a Postscript by 'Molesworth Galfredus' (103), an Appendix comprising an Introduction (107-112) Notes: Critical, Explanatory, Corrective, Supplementary, etc (113-132) and three poems (133-140).
  • The arrangement of material in the 1864 edition strongly suggests the existence of an earlier edition (1862) which concluded with the Postscript on page 103.
  • Molesworth published two further volumes with this title, but identified the subsequent works as 'The Second Volume' and 'The Third Volume'. Although he does not identify his first work as a first volume, by default, it is the first volume in a series of three publications.


* Contents derived from the Hobart Town (1803-1880), Van Diemen's Land (1803-1856), Tasmania,:Molesworth Jeffery , 1864 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Acrostick. Written on the Wrapper of My Gift to a Child of a Newly-edited History of "The Mutiny of the Bounty"i"This story I purchased for you,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 1)
Linesi"The sun arose,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 2-3)
Versesi"Sister! whose kindly heart has yet denied", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 3)
A Petition to the Almighty for Charity and Lovei"Oft in the soul-uplifting words of Paul", B. J. , single work poetry (p. 4)
Letteri"Oh! 'tis not now as heretofore:-", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 5)
A Storm at Seai"A gently-rolling ocean lay", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 6-10)
A Portion of a Letter from Hobart Town, in Van Diemen's Land, to Edmund Jeffery, Esquire, Carshalton, Surrey, Englandi"A ship to London swam,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 11)
A Correspondent, Having Asked His Friend, Who was Visiting Elizabeth Town, for Some Account of the Neighbouring Panorama, Received in Reply the Following Brief Metrical Descriptioni"Thoughout a vale below", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 12)
A Fragment, Written by the Author of "Wanderings in Van Diemen's Land," during One of His Pedestrianisms through a Forest of Tasmania, 1836i"'Tis true I am not, prince-like, clad", The Wanderer , single work poetry (p. 13-24)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!i"Twinkle, twinkle, little Star!", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 25-26)
An Evening Prayeri"God, who madest earth and heaven,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 26-27)
Psalm XXIVi"The Lord is Sovran of the earth,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 28)
Psalms, M. J. , sequence poetry (p. 28-34)
Psalm XCIIIi"The Lord, the King supremely high,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 29)
Psalm CXVIIi"O all ye heathen tribes combine,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 29)
Psalm CXXi"When I was in perplexity", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Psalm CXXVIi"When Sion's long-afflicted bands,", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 30-31)
Psalm CXXXIVi"Behold now, praise the Lord most high", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 31)
Psalm CXXXIi"Lord, from presumptuous thoughts my mind is free;", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 31)
Psalm CXXXVIi"O pour forth gratitude", M. J. , single work poetry (p. 32-34)

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