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Manuscript poetry book, after 1852.

Publication:
after 1852.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
1 volume.
Subjects:
Irish poetry -- 19th century.
Songs, Irish -- 19th century.
Manuscripts -- Music.
Form/Genre:
Codices.
Poems.
Songs.
Manuscripts, English -- 19th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Biography/History:
Irish poet and songwriter born in Dublin in 1779. After graduating from Trinity College, he moved to London to study law in 1799 while continuing to actively pursue writing. In 1803, he spent a brief time as the registrar in Bermuda, but within a few months he departed for a tour of the United States and Canada, visiting cities such as Norfolk, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Montreal and returning to Britain in late 1804. From 1808-1834, Moore published ten volumes and a supplement of his lyrics set to traditional Irish tunes, collectively referred to as his Irish Melodies. From 1819-1822 Moore toured the European continent and visited Italy, Switzerland, and spent an extended amount of time in Paris. He returned to England and spent the remainder of his life there publishing poetry, novels, and biographies as well as the collected letters and journals of Lord Byron, a close friend of Moore's who had entrusted him with his personal memoirs which he had instructed Moore to publish upon his death, but which Moore burned instead at the request of Byron's family. His five children did not survive him and he suffered a stroke that permanently disabled him from performing for the remainder of his life. His poems have been set to music by numerous composers and he is typically regarded as Ireland's National Bard, with monuments and plaques commemorating him in several places in Dublin.
Summary:
Collection of verse by the Irish poet and songwriter Thomas Moore. While his name is only recorded at the end of two works (p. 7, 81), most of the pieces in the manuscript are easily attributable to Moore, with only a few exceptions. Versos are ruled in 5-line staves for music, but are typically blank with the exception of two pages (p. 42, 44). The manuscript was probably writtein in Ireland in the latter half of the 19th century. The manuscript was in the possession of the Grierson family (bookplate, inside lower cover; dedication to Mrs. Grierson, p. 3), a prominent northern Irish family whose members included printers, publishers, and booksellers. The manuscript is written in English with one page of French (p. 1). Also includes a complete table of contents (front flyleaf verso-p. [i]). Contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners, p. [ii], 1-56, 61-89. Contemporary gold-tooled leather with marbled endpapers. Also includes a complete table of contents (front pastedown verso-p. [i]).
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by Grierson family books (bookplate, inside lower cover).
Gift of Archibald C. Elias, 2008.
Cited as:
Ms. Codex 1748
Contributor:
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852, composer.
OCLC:
940975776
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