Frederic Herbert Trench

(1865-1923 / Ireland)

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Frederic Herbert Trench (12 November 1865 - 11 June 1923) was an Irish poet.

He was born in Avonmore, County Cork, and educated at Haileybury and Keble College, Oxford. From 1891 he worked as an examiner for the Board of Education.

In 1908 an opera written by Joseph Holbrooke for Trench's poem Apollo and the Seaman was performed, under Thomas Beecham. Trench then moved into ... more »

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Deidre Wedded


I stood on the Hill of Time when the sun was fled,
And my vision sought where to rest, till it knew the plains
Of my country, the Night's harp, and the moonless bed
Of rivers and bristling forests and sea-board chains.

And from many a chanter's mound-none is nameless there-
Could I hear, amid rumour eternal, the voice ascend.
With the bones of man endureth his floating hair,
And the song of his spirit on earth is slow to end.

Speak to me, speak to me, Fintan, dark in the south,
From the west Urmael, and Cir, lying under the ...

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