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Selected Poetry of Frederick Locker Lampson (1821-1895)


from Representative Poetry On-line
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

But where is now the courtly troop
That once rode laughing by?
I miss the curls of Cantelupe,
The laugh of Lady Di:
They all could laugh from night to morn,
And Time has laugh'd them all to scorn.
        (Rotten Row, 31-36)
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Notes on Life and Works

Frederick Locker was born in London in May, 1821. After a brief education, he obtained clerkships in Somerset House and then the Admiralty in Whitehall. Financial security came when he married Lady Charlotte Bruce in Paris in July 1849, a union that continued until her death in 1872 and issued in a daughter, Eleanor. His claim to fame in poetry is London Lyrics (1857), a collection of light verse that went through many revised editions and was very popular during the Victorian period. Locker also edited an anthology of poetry, Lyra Elegantiarum (1867), as well as a prose-and-verse miscellany, Patchwork (1879). Not long after his wife's death, Locker married again, to a younger Mistress Lampson, whose name he took, and they had four children. He died in Rowfant, Sussex, May 30, 1895, and was interred in Worth churchyard. For a life, see Augustine Birrell, Frederick Locker-Lampson: A Character Sketch (London: Constable, 1920; Z 989 L8B6).

Biographical information

Given name: Frederick Locker
Family name: Lampson
Birth date: 1821
Death date: 1895