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Add. MS. 11743 (British Library)

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Page detail. Add. MS. 11743
Curatorial note: 'A large Collection of Poetical Pieces written by or relating to Members of the Fairfax Family, curious lampoons, &c. with some pieces of a later date, including two of Bp. Horne, MS. in handwriting of the Fairfaxes, Culpeppers, &c'. Add. MS. 11743 (British Library).

These pages make accessible for the first time a selection of Fairfax's poetry from Add. MS. 11743. More transcriptions will follow in due course.

Add. MS 11743 contains a handful of Fairfax's secular poems alongside poems in other hands, among them those of his cousin, Brian Fairfax, who appears to have collated the papers. The inclusion of Thomas Fairfax's poetry in this manuscript was likely no earlier than 1655, when Brian graduated, rejoined his family in Yorkshire, and began to develop a close friendship with his cousin

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  • Epitaph on a yonge Gentlewoman, fol. 9r
  • Shortness of Life, fol. 9v
  • Life to Death compared, fol. 9v
  • Morall Men, fol. 10r
  • The Solitude, fols 10v–14r
  • Of a faire Wife: To Coregio, fols 14v–15r
  • Of Beauty, fol. 15v
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  • To the Kings most Excellent Mty (various poets), fols 27r–27v
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  • To the Guardian Angel of this Place (Brian Fairfax, 1688), fol. 46r
  • The Battle of the Stags (Brian Fairfax?), fols 47r–48v
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  • To the King (Brian Fairfax?), fol. 53r
  • Cease Rural Conquests (Brian Fairfax?), fol. 58r
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  • To the King (Brian Fairfax?), fol. 53r
  • The Darncock (Brian Fairfax?), fols 62r–62v
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  • Thomas Fairfax his Epitaph Made by the Duke of Buckingham (George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham), fols 68v–69r
  • From the Old Women of Burgley att the Elm Tree Assembld to the Honble Borwick Fairfax Esqr Doctor of Physick & Cook (Brian Fairfax?), fol. 70r
  • For Mrs Pullann at Burgley near Otley (Brian Fairfax?) [envelope], fol. 70v
  • Epilogue Made by Master Carter, & spoke by Master Egerton In the Part of Phormio (Brian Fairfax?), fols 81r–81v
  • That wch her slender waist confin'd (Brian Fairfax?), fol. 82
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