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Selected Poetry of Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
        (Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, 201-204)
  1. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Biographical information

Given name: Edward
Family name: FitzGerald
Birth date: 31 March 1809
Death date: 14 June 1883
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Purcell
Language: English
          King Edward VI's Grammar School, Bury St. Edmunds: 1821 to 1826
          Trinity College, Cambridge: 1826 to 1830
Literary period: Victorian
          Bredfield House, near Woodbridge, Suffolk: 31 March 1809 to 1825
          Wherstead Lodge, near Ipswich: 1825 to 1835
          Boulge Hall: 1835 to 1853
          Farlingay Hall, near Woodbridge: 1853 to 1860
          Market Hill, Woodbridge: 1860 to 1874
          Little Grange: 1874 to 14 June 1883
Buried at: Boulge
First RPO edition: 1997