Poet 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...

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Vi Stole Paa Den Hellig-Aand

Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Vi stole paa den Hellig-Aand,
Det giør kun Faa, desværre,
Han er Gud-Faders Høire-Haand,
Thi er hos Ham Vorherre!


Som Den, der kom i Herrens Navn,
Velsignet skal Han...

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Plato (Plátōn, "broad"; 424/423 BC – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the...

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