Who is Sydney Thompson Dobell



Sydney Thompson Dobell (5 April 1824 – 22 August 1874) was an English poet and critic, and a member of the so-called Spasmodic school.

Biography Dobell was born at Cranbrook, Kent. His father, John Dobell, was a wine merchant, his mother a daughter of Samuel Thompson (1766–1837), a London political reformer. The family moved to Cheltenham when Dobell was twelve years old. He was educated privately, and never attended either school or university. He refers to this in some lines on Cheltenham College in imitation of Chaucer, written in his eighteenth year. After a five-year engagement he married, in 1844, Emily Fordham, a lady of good family. Acquaintance with James Stansfeld (subsequently Sir James Stansfeld) and with the Birmingh...
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Sydney Thompson Dobell Poems

  • The Orphan's Song
    I had a little bird,
    I took it from the nest;
    I prest it, and blest it,
    And nurst it in my breast. ...
  • On Receiving A Book From Dante Rossetti
    Since he is Poet of whom gods ordain
    Some most anthropic and perhuman act
    Whereby his manhood shall so man his fact
    That but his man of man is born again, ...
  • Sister To Sister
    'When I received that love which is a face,
    When I perceived that face which is a love,
    Two voices, like those two old nations, strove
    Within my heart, and the first-born gave place ...
  • Keith Of Ravelston
    The murmur of the mourning ghost
    That keeps the shadowy kine,
    'O Keith of Ravelston,
    The sorrows of thy line!' ...
  • Laus Deo
    IN the hall the coffin waits, and the idle armourer stands.
    At his belt the coffin nails, and the hammer in his hands.
    The bed of state is hung with crape--the grand old bed where she was
    wed-- ...
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