See also:British poet,
See also:scholar and divine, was
See also:born on the 5th of May 183o, at
See also:Douglas, Isle of Man . His
See also:father, the Rev . Robert
See also:Brown, held the living of St
See also:Matthew's—a homely
See also:church in a poor
See also:district . His
See also:mother came of Scottish parentage, though born in the
See also:island .
See also:Thomas, the
See also:sixth of ten
See also:children, was but two years old when the
See also:family removed to
See also:Kirk Braddan vicarage, a
See also:short distance from Douglas, where his father (a scholar of no university, but so fastidious about composition that he would have some sentences of an
See also:English classic read to him before answering an invitation) took
See also:share with the
See also:parish schoolmaster in tutoring the
See also:clever boy until, at the age of fifteen, he was entered at
See also:College . Here his abilities soon declared them-selves, and hence he proceeded to Christ Church,
See also:Oxford, where his position (as a servitor) cost him much humiliation, which he remembered to the end of his
See also:life . He won a
See also:double first, however, and was elected a
See also:fellow of Oriel in
See also:April 1854, Dean
See also:Gaisford having refused to promote him to a
See also:senior studentship of his own college, on the ground that no servitor had ever before attained to that
See also:honour . Although at that
See also:time an Oriel fellow-
See also:ship conferred a deserved distinction, Brown never took kindly to the life, but, after a few terms of private pupils, returned to the Isle of Man as
See also:principal of his old school . He had been ordained deacon, but did not proceed to
See also:priest's orders for many years . In 1857 he married his
See also:Miss Stowell, daughter of Dr Stowell of Ramsey, and soon afterwards
See also:left the island once more to become headmaster of the Crypt school,
See also:Gloucester —a position which in no long time he found intolerable . From Gloucester he was summoned by the Rev .
See also:Percival (after-wards
See also:bishop of
See also:Hereford), who had recently been appointed to the struggling
See also:young foundation of
See also:Clifton College, which he soon raised to be one of the
See also:great public
See also:schools .
Percival wanted a
See also:master for the
See also:modern side, and made an
See also:appointment to meet Brown at Oxford; " and there," he writes, " as
See also:chance would have it, I met him
See also:standing at the corner of St Mary's Entry, in a somewhat Johnsonian attitude, four-square, his hands deep in his pockets to keep himself still, and looking decidedly volcanic . We very soon came to terms, and I left him there under promise to come to Clifton as my colleague at the beginning of the following
See also:term." At Clifton Brown remained from
See also:September 1863 to
See also:July 1892, when he retired—to the great regret of boys and masters alike, who had long since come to regard " T.E.B.'s "
See also:genius, and even his eccentricities, with a
See also:peculiar pride—to spend the
See also:rest of his days upon the island he had worshipped from childhood and often celebrated in
See also:song . His poem " Betsy
See also:Lee " appeared in
See also:Magazine (April and May 1873), and was published separately in the same
See also:year . It was included in Fo'c's'le Yarns (1881), which reached a second edition in 1889 . This
See also:volume included at least three other notable poems—" Tommy Big-eyes," "
See also:Rose," and " Captain Tom and Captain Hugh." It was followed by The
See also:Doctor and other Poems (1887), The
See also:Witch and other Poems (1889), and Old John and other Poems—a volume mainly lyrical (1893) . Since his
See also:death all these and a few additional lyrics and fragments have been published in one volume by Messrs Macmillan under the title of The Collected Poems of T . E . Brown (1900) . His
See also:familiar letters (edited in two volumes by an old friend, Mr S . T . Irwin, in 190o) bear witness to the zest .he carried back to his native
See also:country, although his thoughts often reverted to Clifton . In
See also:October 1897 he returned to the school on a visit .
He was the
See also:guest of one of the
See also:house-masters, and on
See also:Friday evening, 29th October, he gave an address to the boys of the house . He had spoken for some minutes with his usual vivacity, when his
See also:grew thick and he was seen to stagger . He died in less than two
See also:hours . Brown's more important poems are narrative, and written in the Manx dialect, with a
See also:free use of pauses, and sometimes with daring irregularity of rhythm . A rugged tenderness is their most characteristic note; but the emotion, while almost equally explosive in mirth and in tears, remains an educated emotion, disciplined by a scholar's sense of language . They breathe the fervour of an island patriotism (humorously aware of its limits) and of a
See also:simple natural piety . In his lyrics he is happiest when yoking one or the other of these emotions to serve a philosophy of life, often audacious, but always genial . (A . T .
THOMAS BROWN (1778-1820)
WILLIAM LAURENCE BROWN (1755–1830)
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