Sir Henry Newbolt

Biography of Sir Henry Newbolt (1862 – 1938)

Sir Henry Newbolt
Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938)

Sir Henry John Newbolt (June 6, 1862 – April 19, 1938) was an English author and poet.

He was the son of H.F. Newbolt, vicar of St Mary’s, Bilston, Staffordshire (where he was born). He was educated at Clifton College, where he was head of the school in 1881 and edited the school magazine, and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1887 and practised until 1899. His first book was a story, Taken from the Enemy (1892), and in 1895 he published a tragedy, Mordred; but it was the publication of his ballads, Admirals All (1897), that created his literary reputation. These were followed by other volumes of stirring verse, The Island Race (1898), The Sailing of the Long-ships (1902), Songs of the Sea (1904).

Probably the best known of all Newbolt’s poems and the one for which he is now chiefly remembered is Vitae Lampada, which contains the memorable refrain:

  • Play up, play up, and play the game. [This poem is detailed in full in the Clifton College page – as the poem refers to a cricket match on its famous close]

From 1900 to 1905, Newbolt was the editor of the Monthly Review. During the First World War, he became controller of telecommunications and worked as an official historian.

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Poems By Sir Henry Newbolt


A Ballad of John Nicholson (No Comments »)
A Letter From the Front (No Comments »)
Clifton Chapel (No Comments »)
Drake’s Drum (No Comments »)
He fell among Thieves (No Comments »)
Ionicus (No Comments »)
Ireland, Ireland (No Comments »)
The Fighting Téméraire (No Comments »)
The Nightjar (No Comments »)
The Schoolfellow (No Comments »)
The Toy Band (No Comments »)
The War Films (No Comments »)
Vitaï Lampada (No Comments »)