Oxford Scholarly Editions Online – Complete

The English Faculty Library and the University Library are pleased to report University of Cambridge members now have full access to the entirety of the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

Until now access has been limited to the early 17th century and Renaissance poetry, prose and drama modules and the Shakespeare module.  Access has today been extended to the full collection to include also the Restoration, 18th century and Romantics poetry, prose and drama modules, plus the Latin poetry module.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) provides access to more than 600 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1837, plus Classical Latin poetry, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the complete works of Jane Austen, Ovid, and Virgil, the poetry of John Donne, and works by Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham. These editions contain over 62,000 different works including more than 400 plays, over 24,000 poems, and more than 37,000 other works — the equivalent of over 309,000 print pages.

Each title within the collection presents the full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor, accompanied by the editor’s record of important variations in that text, and interpretative and explanatory notes.  Most also have introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, and explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online can be accessed via this link or via the eresources@cambridge A-Z. The pre-existing titles from the earlier modules are findable in LibrarySearch.  The newly-subscribed titles will be findable in LibrarySearch by mid-December 2015.

Piety has found

Friends in the friends of science, and true pray’r

Has flow’d from lips wet with Castalian dews.

Such was thy wisdom, Newton, childlike sage!

Sagacious reader of the works of God,

And in his word sagacious.




William Cowper, The Task, III, l. 249-254

l. 254. in his word sagacious. Newton’s Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John was published posthumously in 1733. Johnson defines ‘sagacious’ as ‘Quick of thought; acute in making discoveries’, and quotes Locke: ‘Only sagacious heads light on these observations, and reduce them into general propositions.’

John D. Baird and Charles Ryskamp (eds), The Poems of William Cowper, Vol. 2: 1782–1785

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