Pepys Diary erasure project

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

A man, a man, a man
came from London, from London, from London
to the arms of a captain, a captain, a captain…
and it comes now into my mind to observe that I have been a little too free to make mirth, he being a very sober and an upright man.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 11 April 1660.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

Having sailed all night,
we come in sight
of a fresh gale
and a good deal.

Great was the shout of guns,
the rattling of guns.
Smoke came,
the captains came.

I wrote to my wife,
drank wine to my wife.
It was in the morning.
We parted this evening.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Monday 9 April 1660.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

A great knocking in me
and I am down, I am wood.
Hopes have to be settled on shore,
but the water being almost
at low water, fear is sure.
I urge the surgeon on,
my heart heavy for not hearing my heart.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 3 April 1660.