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A transcript of Translations and Poems by lord Thomas Fairfax

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MS. Fairfax 38
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A transcript of Translations and Poems by lord Thomas Fairfax, the Parliamentary general, with many corrections in the author's hand. The volume contains roughly the same pieces as Bodl. MS. Add. A. 120, but in a different order and in an earlier form. The chief part is an English poetical version of the Psalter and Canticles, followed by poems of many kinds, with an address from the transcriber, who appears to be Henry Fairfax, 4th lord Fairfax, first cousin of the author, and who supplies a title 'An Inofficious Collection and Transcript of these ensuinge Rough Draughts--Part of the Recreations and Solitudes in a sedentary life ... by TF ...'.

The Appendix (pp. 469-511) is in the same hand, and contains some 'Remembrances' of the 1st lord Fairfax's public services (p. 469), a list of treatises by him (p. 473), some translations of psalms by the 2nd lord Fairfax (p. 475), some Fairfax epitaphs (pp. 492, 495), etc. P. 493 may be in the general's hand (Epitaphs on lady Barbara Bellairs).

(wanting pp. 487-92)


  • Creation: Written in about 1665 (?) by H. Fairfax (?)


538 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Fairfax 38, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Fairfax 38

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19185


A transcript of Translations and Poems by lord Thomas Fairfax

Biographical / Historical

Lord Thomas Fairfax (1612-1671), 3rd Baron Fairfax, was a general.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, no. 31655

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought at a sale at Puttick's, Feb. 15, 1894 (lot 604).

Physical Facet

On paper


7 3/4 × 6 1/4 in.

A transcript of Translations and Poems by lord Thomas Fairfax
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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