Henry Francis Lyte

LYTE, Henry Francis. b. Ednam, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, 1 June 1793; d. Nice, France, 20 November 1847. He was the son of an army officer, whose military career necessitated frequent moves, through Scotland, England, and, finally, to Ireland. He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen (where he began to compose poetry), then, from 1811, at Trinity College, Dublin, where he won a university scholarship, and the Chancellor's prize for English verse in three successive years. He graduated (BA 1814), and considered a career in medicine; but this was soon abandoned in favour of Holy Orders (deacon 1814, priest 1815). His first curacy was in Taghmon, Co. Wexford, where he stayed for...

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