Newbolt – Sir Henry

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English Poet English poet Henry Newbolt
Lawyer, Novelist, Playwright, Magazine Editor, Poet.

NEWBOLT: Sir Henry 1862-1938

Born: 6 June 1862, Bilston, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Died: 19 April 1938, Kensington, United Kingdom


Newbolt was a barrister. After World War 1 he was commissioned to complete Great Britain’s official naval history. His marriage to Margaret Duckworth was unusual as she was in love with another woman and only agreed if Ella Coltman was an accepted part of their intimate lives. Newbolt eventually made Ella his mistress but this was further complicated when Newbolt fell in love with another woman, while Margaret fell in love with a sculptor, Henry Furse. Henry grew to hate his poem Vitae Lampada when he was asked to recite it at every stop on a lecture tour of Canada.

“To set the cause above renown.”

Selected Bibliography
Sir Henry produced over 80 poems

POETRY (* Famous poems)

* Vitae Lampada: There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight, ten to make and the match to win
*Drake’s Drum: Drake he’s in his hammock an’ a thousand miles away, (Capten, art tha sleepin’ there below?)
*The Fighting Téméraire: It was eight bells ringing, For the morning watch was done,