Thomas Moore



Thomas Moore is buried in the Church of St. Nicholas, Bromham, Wiltshire, England. (His actress wife, who died in 1865, is also buried in the grave.)

Grave of Thomas Moore

Born in Ireland, Moore was a talented singer and musician with a natural ability as a lyric writer. In 1801 he published his first collection The Poetical Works of the Late Thomas Little but this failed to impress the critics. However, he soon began to set his rhymes to traditional Irish folk tunes and published them in Irish Melodies - which secured his financial position. His famous songs include: The Minstrel Boy, The Harp that once through Tara's Halls and The Last Rose of Summer.

In 1817 he published the narrative poem Lalla Rookh which proved to be enormously successful. The poem tells the story of emperor's daughter Lalla Rookh who falls in love with a Kashmiri poet while  travelling to marry the King of Bucharia.

Thomas Moore

Moore was a close friend of Byron and there is a famous incident when the two men were discussing fame by the banks of the Thames. From the river came the sound of a boat man singing one of Moore's songs; at which point  Byron remarks: "That, is fame."

Byron gave Moore his memoirs which Moore agreed to burn in 1824. However, Moore later went on to write a life of Byron in 1830.

Moore is also remembered for his satirical poems The Fudge Family in Paris (1818) and The Fudges in England (1835). He also spent eleven years writing a history of Ireland which proved very arduous.

He was awarded a Civil List pension in 1850.

How sweet the answer Echo makes
To Music at night
When, roused by lute or horn, she wakes,
And far away o'er lawns and lakes
Goes answering light!

from Echoes






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