February 25, 1852

Thomas Moore, the famous Irish poet who penned the lyrics to “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Last Rose of Summer,” died on this day in 1852. Born in Dublin in 1779, Moore showed an early interest in music. While studying law at Middle Temple in London, Moore gained recognition for ballads such as “The Meeting of the Waters.” His earliest works were published in “Moore’s Irish Melodies” in 1846 and 1852. Along with songs and poems, Moore also wrote plays and operas. After a rocky start, he forged a close friendship with Lord Byron. Moore is considered Ireland’s national bard, similar to the way Robert Burns is considered Scotland’s national bard.

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