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Felicia Dorothea Hemans

(25 September 1793 – 16 May 1835 / Liverpool, England)

Felicia Dorothea Hemans
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Felicia Hemans was an English poet.

Ancestry

Felicia Heman's paternal grandfather was George Browne of Passage, co. Cork, Ireland; her maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Haydock Wagner (d. 1814) of Lancashire and Benedict Paul Wagner (1718–1806), wine importer at 9 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool. Family legend gave the Wagners a Venetian origin; family heraldry an Austrian one. The Wagners' country address was North Hall near Wigan; they sent two sons to Eton College. Of three daughters only Felicity married; her husband George Browne joined his father-in-law's business and succeeded him as Tuscan and imperial consul in Liverpool.

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  • The boy stood on the burning deck,
    Whence all but he had fled;
    The flame that lit the battle's wreck,
    Shone round him o'er the dead.

    Yet beautiful and bright he sto...
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783-1835), British poet. Casabianca (l. 1-8). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doub...
  • ''There came a burst of thunder sound;
    The boy—Oh! where was he?
    MAsk of the winds, that far around
    With fragments strewed the sea;—''
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783-1835), British poet. Casabianca (l. 32-35). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Do...
  • ''The breaking waves dashed high
    On a stern and rock-bound coast,''
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783-1835), British poet. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers (l. 1-2). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L....
  • What sought they thus afar?
    Bright jewels of the mine?
    The wealthy of seas, the spoils of war?—
    They sought a faith's pure shrine!

    Ay, call it holy ground, Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783-1835), British poet. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers (l. 33-40). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David ...
  • ''And the heavy night hung dark
    The hills and waters o'er,
    When a band of exiles moored their bark
    On the wild New England shore.''
    Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1783-1835), British poet. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers (l. 5-8). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L....
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