Sir Henry Newbolt

(1862 - 1938 / Bilston / England)

Sir Henry Newbolt
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Born in Bilston, Staffordshire in 1862, Newbolt was educated at Clifton School and Oxford University. After his studies Newbolt became a barrister.

Higly respected, Newbolt was a lawyer, novelist, playwright and magazine editor. Above all, he was a poet who championed the virtues of chivalry and sportsmanship combined in the service of the British Empire.

Although his first novel, Taken from the Enemy, was published in time for his thirtieth birthday in 1892, Newbolt’s reputation was established in 1897 in a poem written about a schoolboy cricketer who grows up to fight in Africa, Vitai Lampada. The poem was well received both critically and publicly at the ... more »

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  • Drake he's in his hammock till the great Armadas come,
    (Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?)
    Slung atween the round shot listenin' for the drum,
    An' dreamin' arl the time o' Ply...
    Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), British poet. Drake's Drum (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (...
  • ''He saw the dark wainscot and timbered roof,
    The long tables, and the faces merry and keen;
    The College Eight and their trainer dining aloof,
    The Dons on the dais serene.''
    Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), British poet. He Fell among Thieves (l. 29-32). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quille...
  • '''O glorious Life, Who dwellest in earth and sun,
    I have lived, I praise and adore Thee."
    A sword swept.
    Over the pass the voices one by one
    Faded, and the hill slept.''
    Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), British poet. He Fell among Thieves (l. 45-49). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quille...
  • 'Ye have robbed,' said he, 'ye have slaughtered and made an end,
    Take your ill-got plunder, and bury the dead:
    What will ye more of your guest and sometime friend?'
    'Blood for our...
    Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), British poet. He Fell among Thieves (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-...
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