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Vita lampada
Posted by: George (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: March 06, 2004 11:33AM

 I need name of Author of poem entitled 'Vita Lampada', first line is<br />


"There's a breathless hush in the Close tonight".

Any help greatly appreciated.
George


Re: lost poem
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: March 06, 2004 12:46PM

Sir Henry John Newbolt, but I can't find a full text for you on-line yet.


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l1.c1.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: March 06, 2004 12:48PM

[www.wargames.co.uk] />

Stephen


Re: lost poem
Posted by: George (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: March 08, 2004 09:14AM


Dear Linda,
I found this site, after a week of trawling the web, and up you came! Had a second reply also, so now have both Author and Text.

This poem means quite a lot to me, so I just cannot thank you enough.

Thanks again, may Your God bless you.

George


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: George (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: March 08, 2004 09:27AM

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Dear Stephen,
Thank you so much for your reply. I had been online several hours a day, for over a week, without a single sniff of this poem from my school days. Then there it was, sitting on my screen.

Thank you again,

Sincerely

George


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: lone ranger (---.wlfdle.rnc.net.cable.rogers.com)
Date: March 23, 2004 10:10PM

The author of "Vitai Lampada" is Sir Henry Newbolt


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: Henry (195.8.171.---)
Date: March 24, 2004 01:30PM

He also wrote Drake's Drum.

DRAKE he was a Devon man, an' ruled the Devon seas,
(Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?),
Rovin' tho' his death fell, he went wi' heart at ease,
An' dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe,
"Take my drum to England, hang et by the shore,
Strike et when your powder's runnin' low;
If the Dons sight Devon, I'll quit the port o' Heaven,
An' drum them up the Channel as we drummed them long ago."
Sir Henry John Newbolt 1862-1938

When Sir Francis Drake died, his body was placed in a lead coffin and given to the sea off Portobello. Whilst on his deathbed he ordered that his drum be taken and hung in Buckland Abbey near Plymouth where it hangs today. He vowed that if England should ever be in danger from a foe and someone were to beat upon the drum he would return again to defend her shores.


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: March 26, 2004 04:05AM

Wonder if he'd count Blair and Bush as foes? Perhaps I'll take my hols in Plymouth and try a little percussion.


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 26, 2004 03:00PM

Isn't Arthur supposed to return also- they'd better hurry up!

pam


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: March 27, 2004 04:58AM

Arthur didn't have the foresight to leave a drum - or I'd be banging that as well!!


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt2.mornington.au.da.uu.net)
Date: March 27, 2004 07:03AM

Henry, from Newbolt's poem I thought Drake's body was 'slung atween the roundshot in Nombre Dios Bay'. Is that at Portobello?


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: Henry (213.78.121.---)
Date: March 27, 2004 05:10PM

Ian, I hope there is a question on this in the next pub quiz! My family spent every summer on Dartmoor, and I remember very well a visit to Buckland Abbey and seeing Drake's Drum. (Not to be confused with nearby Buckfast Abbey, where the Benedictine monks produce their famous tonic wine, much enjoyed by the Scottish underclass known as Neds.) Henry

Sir Francis Drake Birth: 1541 Death: Jan. 28, 1596 Explorer, English Privateer. First Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth. He died at sea and was buried at sea in a lead coffin off Puerto Bello, Panama.

On April 1, 1573, Drake attacked Nombre de Diós again, this time capturing a mule train, loaded with treasure, outside of Nombre de Diós. This time, they took every thing they could carry. In August, 1595, with a fleet of 26 ships, Drake set out to Panama again, hoping to take Nombre de Diós and the city of Panama. Crossing the isthmus on the Camino Real, his forces were stopped, by well prepared Spaniards. When they got back to Nombre de Diós, they proceeded to burn the city, and then sailed to Puerto Bello. Drake got sick on the way, and died. On January 29, 1596, he was buried at sea in the harbor.

DRAKE he's in his hammock an' a thousand mile away,
(Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?)
Slung atween the round shot in Nombre Dios Bay,
An' dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe.
Yarnder lumes the island, yarnder lie the ships, 5
Wi' sailor lads a-dancin' heel-an'-toe,
An' the shore-lights flashin', an' the night-tide dashin'
He sees et arl so plainly as he saw et long ago.

Drake he was a Devon man, an' ruled the Devon seas,
(Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?), 10
Rovin' tho' his death fell, he went wi' heart at ease,
An' dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe,
"Take my drum to England, hang et by the shore,
Strike et when your powder's runnin' low;
If the Dons sight Devon, I'll quit the port o' Heaven, 15
An' drum them up the Channel as we drummed them long ago."

Drake he's in his hammock till the great Armadas come,
(Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?),
Slung atween the round shot, listenin' for the drum,
An' dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe. 20
Call him on the deep sea, call him up the Sound,
Call him when ye sail to meet the foe;
Where the old trade's plyin' an' the old flag flyin',
They shall find him, ware an' wakin', as they found him long ago.


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: March 27, 2004 06:04PM

I can hear Ian Wallace even now.


Re: Vita lampada
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt2.mornington.au.da.uu.net)
Date: March 27, 2004 06:31PM

Thanks for this, Henry. Great poem - one of my favourites. Newbolt can be forgiven his small inaccuracies.




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