Winthrop Mackworth Praed

(1802 - 1839 / England)

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Winthrop Mackworth Praed (28 July 1802 – 15 July 1839) was an English politician and poet.

He was born in London. The family name of Praed was derived from the marriage of the poet's great-grandfather to a Cornish heiress. Winthrop's father, William Mackworth Praed, was a serjeant-at-law. His mother belonged to the English branch of the New England family of Winthrop. In 1814 Praed was ... more »

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  • When all who had money and leisure
    Grew rural o'er ices and wines,
    All pleasantly toiling for pleasure,
    All hungrily pining for pines,
    And making of beautiful speeches, Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802-1839), British poet. Goodnight to the Season! (L. 76-83). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (19...
  • Good-night to the Season!—the dances,
    The fillings of hot little rooms,
    The glancings of rapturous glances,
    The fancyings of fancy costumes;
    The pleasures which Fashio...
    Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802-1839), British poet. Goodnight to the Season! (L. 37-44). . . Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (19...
  • ''And when religious sects ran mad,
    He held, in spite of all his learning,
    That if a man's belief is bad,
    It will not be improved by burning.''
    Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802-1839), British poet. The Vicar (l. 69-72). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Cou...
  • His talk was like a spring, which runs
    With rapid change from rocks to roses:
    It slipped from politics to puns,
    It passed from Mahomet to Moses;
    Beginning with the laws whi...
    Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802-1839), British poet. The Vicar (l. 33-40). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Cou...
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