Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 25 Feb 1852 (aged 72)
Bromham, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Burial Bromham, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Plot Massive Celtic cross behind the church
Memorial ID 21268707 · View Source
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Irish poet, musician and friend of poets/writers Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was born in Dublin as the son of either a grocer or a shoemaker, according to different sources. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and London, and published his first book, The Poetical Works Of Thomas Little, in 1801. In 1803 he became a civil officer to Bermuda, where he stayed for a year, and then returned to England after travels in the U.S. and Canada. In 1813 he issued The Twopenny Post Bag, a collection of satires directed against the prince regent. He was paid 3,000 pounds - a record at that time - for his narrative poem Lalla Rookh, 1817. In 1819 he was condemned to imprisonment because of debts - his deputy in Bermuda misappropriated £6000, and the responsibility fell on Moore himself. He left England with Lord John Russell for a visit to Italy and stayed away until the debt to the Admiralty had been paid, returning in 1822. In the next year his Loves Of The Angels became notorious for its eroticism but was financially successful. His most important work is ten volumes of Irish Melodies (1807-34), which consisted of 130 poems set to music composed by Moore and Sir John Stevenson. Irish Melodies were translated into every European language. He turned down the post of "Irish Poet Laureate" because he felt it required toning down his politics. In 1835 Moore was awarded a literary pension. In the same year he published The Fudges In England. It was a light satire on an Irish priest turned Protestant evangelist and on the literary absurdities of the day. He remained a popular writer for the rest of his life. He was awarded a Civil List pension in1850. More than a million copies of The Last Rose of Summer were sold in the United State alone.

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Dear Harp of my Country! in darkness I found thee,
The cold chain of silence had hung o'er thee long;
When proudly, my own Island Harp, I unbound thee
And gave all thy chords to light, freedom and song!


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