William Allingham

(19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889 / Donegal / Ireland)

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He was born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland, and was the son of the manager of a local bank who was of English descent. He obtained a post in the custom-house of his native town and held several similar posts in Ireland and England until 1870, when he had retired from the service, and became sub-editor of Fraser's Magazine, which he edited from 1874 to 1879, in succession to James Froude. He had published a volume of Poems in 1850, followed by Day and Night Songs, a volume containing many charming lyrics, in 1855.

Allingham was on terms of close friendship with DG Rossetti, who contributed to the illustration of the Songs. His Letters to Allingham (1854-1870) were edited by... more »

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  • A man who keeps a diary pays,
    Due toll to many tedious days;
    But life becomes eventful—then,
    His busy hand forgets the pen.
    Most books, indeed, are records less
    William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet, diarist. Entry for March 24-28, 1864. A Diary, ch. 6, eds. H. Allingham and D. Radford (1907).
  • I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilised life? The world seems to me to do much of it...
    William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet, diarist. A Diary, ch. 6, 1864 entry, eds. H. Allingham and D. Radford (1907). "I have been an 'Official...
  • ''History of Ireland—lawlessness and turbulency, robbery and oppression, hatred and revenge, blind selfishness everywhere—no principle, no heroism. What can be done with it?''
    William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet, diarist. A Diary, ch. 8, entry for Nov. 11, 1866, eds. H. Allingham and D. Radford (1907).
  • ''Yet dearer still that Irish hill than all the world beside;
    It's home, sweet home, where'er I roam, through lands and waters wide.''
    William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet, diarist. Adieu to Belashanny.
  • ''Poor Paddy of all Christian men I think
    On basest food pours down the vilest drink.''
    William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet, diarist. Lawrence Bloomfield, ch. 12 (1864). These two lines, as Allingham proudly noted in his diary, ...
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