Thomas Noel

(1799-1861 / England)

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Thomas Noel (11 May 1799, Kirkby Mallory – 22 May 1861, Brighton) was an English poet.

The eldest son of a Leicestershire clergyman, Noel graduated from Merton College, Oxford in 1824. He married Emily Anne Halliday in 1831. He was a friend of the House of Commons librarian Thomas Vardon and Anne Isabella Byron, Baroness Byron. more »

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The Pauper's Drive

There's a grim one-horse hearse in a jolly round trot--
To the churchyard a pauper is going, I wot;
The road it is rough, and the hearse has no springs;
And hark to the dirge which the mad driver sings;
_Rattle his bones over the stones!
He's only a pauper whom nobody owns!_

O, where are the mourners? Alas! there are none,
He has left not a gap in the world, now he's gone,--
Not a tear in the eye of child, woman, or man;
To the grave with his carcass as fast as you can:
_Rattle his bones over the stones!
He's only a pauper whom nobody owns_!

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