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Sir Henry Newbolt
Sir Henry Newbolt is an early 20th century English poet. He is best known for "Vitai Lampada". He was born in Bilston, Wolverhampton, then in Staffordshire, but now in the West Midlands, the son of the vicar of St Mary's Church, Rev. Henry Francis Newbolt, and his second wife, Emily. (In his biography, My World as in My Time, he claims to have been Jewish.) After his father's death, the family moved to Walsall, where Henry was educated. He attended Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, and Caistor Grammar School, from where he gained a scholarship to Clifton College, where he was head of the school (1881) and edited the school magazine. His contemporaries there included Douglas Haig. Graduating from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Newbolt was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1887 and practised until 1899. In 1914, Newbolt's only child, his daughter Celia, married Lt Col. Sir Ralph Furse (of the Furse Family of Devon). She died in 1975.

the best school of all
It's good to see the school we knew,
the land of youth and dream.
To greet again the r... [read poem]
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