James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
On the Lord General Fairfax
By John Milton (16081674)
This sonnet was written to commemorate the Siege of Colchester, which together with the battle of Preston, formed the culminating point of the royalist rising of 1648. The town was invested on June 18th and surrendered on August 27th. The Lord Fairfax here addressed is the third of his name, and may be distinguished as the great Lord Fairfax.