Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

(1834-1894 / England)

Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
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Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel, also known as Noël (August 27, 1834 - May 26, 1894), was an English poet.

The son of Charles Noel, Lord Barham, afterwards 1st Earl of Gainsborough, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his M.A. in 1858.[1] He then spent two years travelling in the East. In 1863, he married Alice de Broë, daughter of the director of the Ottoman Bank in Beirut. Their third child, Eric, who died aged five, is commemorated in Roden Noel's best-known book of verse, A Little Child's Monument (1881).

His other volumes are:

Behind the Veil, and other Poems (1863), not included in his collected works

Beatrice, ... more »

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The Explorer In Africa

Yet mine are higher, holier purposes;
For I will cleave this darkling continent,
As with a sword of intellectual light;
Lead these lost children to a living Father,
And tell them of a Brother who has died.
Yea, if my nature's weakness have rebell'd
Against what seems the world's indifference;
Men treading their unarduous wonted round
Of common care, oblivious of mine,
Who battle alone, afar from all; who waste,
Ignobly sinking here in sight of goal,
For bitter need of help I hoped from men,
At leisure in their calm abounding homes;
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