1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Fairfax

George Gilfillan, in Specimens with Memoirs of the less-known British Poets (1860) 1:234-35.



EDWARD FAIRFAX was the second, some say the natural, son of Sir Thomas Fairfax of Denton, in Yorkshire. The dates of his birth and of his death are unknown, although he was living in 1631. While his brothers were pursuing military glory in the field, Edward married early, and settled in Fuystone, a place near Knaresborough Forest. Here he spent part of his time in managing his elder brother, Lord Fairfax's property, and partly in literary pursuits. He wrote a strange treatise on Demonology, a History of Edward the Black Prince, which has never been printed, some poor Eclogues, and a most beautiful translation of Tasso, which stamps him a true poet as well as a benefactor to the English language, and on account of which Collins calls him—

Prevailing poet, whose undoubting mind
Believed the magic wonders which he sung?