Pepys Diary erasure project

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.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

In a painted sea, what to write?
A letter taking tomorrow back?
But we sat and drank till drunk
and began to talk foolishly.
How to change?
I drink drink drink, for I find
it puts me out of order
in the name of liberty,
king for a day.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Friday 9 March 1659/60.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

White-hot and a black burn:
mind and face.
I look for direction,
see money and a petticoat.

I have taken up with that dog,
that plenipotentiary death.
What a great profit I made.
How I cheated.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Thursday 8 March 1659/60.

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

After talking about going to sea,
after drinking with a butcher and a violin,
after bacon, capons and fritters,
after singing and drinking,
after a dance or two with my lord,
soberly and without fear
I lay awake.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 6 March 1659/60.