Pepys Diary erasure project

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I bade adieu to a rose,
gave paper to a paper,
drank farewell and drank to one
that would have a place at sea—a seal
who had a great desire to go to sea—
and I went home and sat there
talking old, playing old
till it was time to go lay
in a fine urn.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 17 March 1659/60.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

O infinity of papers, give a piece of me
to the surgeon, to soldiers, to the town
where I seem a dull heavy man.
I had a mind to some cabbage,
I sent for some and had it.
A strange thing how I am
already in the book
of rain and night.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 14 March 1659/60.