John Donne and William Strode: Poems

Scope and Content

A manuscript collection of poems mainly by John Donne and William Strode. On the flyleaf are the signatures of Edward Hyde (1607-1659) and Robert Walker. The volume has the bookplate of Baron Aston of Forfar. Many of the pages are unused.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Donne (1572-1631), poet and divine, was educated privately and at Hart Hall, Oxford, and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1592. He was ordained priest and deacon in 1615, and that year became royal chaplain. In 1616 he was appointed Rector of Keyston, Huntingdonshire, and of Sevenoaks, Kent, and became divinity reader at Lincoln's Inn. Donne was Dean of St Paul's, London, 1621-1631. He died on 31 March 1631.

William Strode (1602-1645), poet and dramatist, was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He became canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and Vicar of Blackbourton, Oxfordshire, in 1638, and was Vicar of Badby, Northamptonshire, 1639-1642. Strode wrote poems and a tragi-comedy, 'The floating island', which was acted before Charles I at Oxford in 1636. He died at Christ Church on 11 March 1645.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on John Donne in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. V (London, 1908), pp. 1128-1139, and the entry on William Strode in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XIX (London, 1909), pp. 61-62.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to John Donne, MS.Ee.4.14 and MSS.Add.29, 5147, 5778 and 8466-8469.


The collection is no. 1863 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 191.