Swahili Verses (MS 47768a)

Material Information

Swahili Verses (MS 47768a)
Series Title:
Taylor Papers :
Taylor, W. E. (William Ernest), 1856-1927 ( Author, Primary )
Publication Date:
Paper ( medium )
Handwritten manuscript : Handwritten in black, blue, and red ink; the volume is bound in a volume with brown and red cover


Subjects / Keywords:
Swahili poetry ( LCSH )
Oral literature
Songs ( LCSH )
Epic literature, Swahili ( LCSH )
Word list
Kiswahili mashairi
Oral tradition in literature ( LCSH )
Glossaries, vocabularies, etc. ( LCSH )
Liongo Fumo ( DNB )
Fumo Liyongo
Bwana Harusi b. Abdalla
Sikujua, Mwalimu
Muyaka bin Haji
Poetry ( LCTGM )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu County -- Eastern Africa -- Pate -- Pate Island
-2.13753 x 40.99714


This manuscript contains a collection of Swahili poems, with notes, collected by Taylor in c. 1880, in Mombasa. The material was edited into the present volume by Hichens. In fact, Mrs Hichens sold the MS to SOAS. The MS is divided into sections C, D, E, F, however not in subsequent order. Starting from the right side of the MS, we found poems in Arabic scripts that contain transliteration and translation of words, used as keys to the reading. At the end of some poems, the author seems to be Bwana Harusi b. Abdullah b. Abubakar and he mentions that he found these poems that were thought to be lost. We have not further information on this issue. From the left side of the MS, there are poems in Roman scripts, although this is not a rule of the manuscript, as we found, on this side, poems in Arabic scripts, and on the right side, poems in Roman scripts. The poems include, four pages of a poem written by Mwalimu Sikujua (page 5-8, from left side), miscellaneous verses from Pate, modern verses from Muyaja bin Haji at page numbered 4 and 5. At page 19, numbered page 11 (from left side), there is a poem written by the people of Zanzibar attacking the people of Pemba for their misfortune and downfall, and at page 21 (numbered 13), there is an extract from the Utenzi wa Fumo Liongo. Finally, Section E contains word list and some sentences of KiNgazija, the language of the Comoro Islands. Taylor seemed to consider KiNgazija a Swahili dialect. ( en )
General Note:
Date of Composition is unknown
General Note:
Languages: Swahili (Arabic script) and Ngazidja (Roman script)
General Note:
Dialects: KiMvita
General Note:
Poetic Form: Various
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Extent: 1 small volume
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Incipit: Hakuna wawili walosafinia, mpendi apenda mbali, na mpendi akatambua, amba mimi napendwa
General Note:
Donated by Mrs E. Hichens, 14 June 1945
General Note:
Ngazidja is also known as KiNgazija and Shingazidja
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Taylor, W. E. (William Ernest), 1856-1927 : URI
General Note:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu County -- Pate -- Pate Island
General Note:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Mombasa

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is believed to be in the public domain
Resource Identifier:
MS 47768 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 47768a ( SOAS manuscript number )