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. 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, and other Poems (1868)
The Red Flag (1872)
Livingstone in Africa (1874)
Songs of the Heights and Deeps (1885)
A Modern Faust, and other Poems (1888)
Poor People's Christmas (1890)
My Sea, and other Poems (1896).
The latter part of his life was spent at Brighton, but he died in the train station of Mainz in Germany. His son Conrad Noel became a Christian Socialist, famous as the "turbulent priest of Thaxted".
Roden Noel's versification was unequal and sometimes harsh, but he has a genuine feeling for nature, and the work is permeated by philosophic thought.
His other works include a drama in verse, The House of Ravensburg (1877), an epic on David Livingstone's expedition in Africa, a Life of Byron (1890, Great Writers series), an edition of Edmund Spenser's poems, a selection of Thomas Otway's plays (1888) for the Mermaid series, and critical papers on literature and philosophy.
His Collected Poems were edited (1902) by his sister, Victoria Buxton, with a notice by John Addington Symonds, which had originally appeared in the Academy (January 19, 1899) as a review of The Modern Faust. The selection (1892) in the series of Canterbury Poets has an introduction by Robert Buchanan.
His poem "Sea Slumber Song" as set to music by Sir Edward Elgar as the first song of his song-cycle Sea Pictures.
Yet mine are higher, holier purposes;
For I will cleave this darkling continent,
As with a sword of intellectual light;
'Pan is not dead, he lives for ever!
Mere and mountain, forest, seas,
Ocean, thunder, rippling, river,
All are living Presences;
SEA-BIRDS are asleep,
The world forgets to weep,
Sea murmurs her soft slumber-song
On the shadowy sand
The monk upon the bier lies dead;
Seven tapers burn by him;