Henry Newbolt

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Henry Newbolt: etching by William Strang, 1898

Sir Henry John Newbolt (6 June 186219 April 1938) was an early 20th century English poet, best known for "Vitai Lampada".


  • To set the cause above renown,
    To love the game above the prize.
    • The Island Race (1898).
  • The work of the world must still be done,
    And minds are many though truth be one.
    • The Echo.
  • Princes of courtesy, merciful, proud and strong.
    • Craven.
  • And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
    Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
    But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote --
    'Play up! play up! and play the game!'
  • Drake, he's in his hammock till the great Armadas come,
    (Captain, art tha sleepin' there below?)
    Slung atween the roundshot, list'ning for the drum,
    And dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe.
    • Song Drake's Drum (NB: the odd spelling reflects the Devon dialect).
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