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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

Thomas Moore (1779–1852)

THOMAS MOORE (1779–1852), best known as the author of “Lalla Rookh” and of the “Irish Melodies” represented among the general poets of this series, published a small number of sacred songs in 1816, of which several have been widely used in Christian worship. Of these, “O Thou who dry’st the mourner’s tear,” in a modified form, has been one of the most popular; and “Thou art, O God, the life and light,” and “Sound the loud timbrel,” the latter wedded to the music of Avison, and made noteworthy by Browning in “Parleyings with Certain People,” have been among the most widely used.