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Selected Poetry of Andrew Lang (1844-1912)


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

So ye'll tak the high road, and I'll tak the laigh road,
An' I'll be in Scotland before ye:
But me and my true love will never meet again,
By the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.
        (The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond, 5-8)
  1. Almæ Matres
  2. Ballade of the Girton Girl
  3. Ballade of the Royal Game of Golf
  4. The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
  5. Brahma
  6. 'A Highly Valuable Chain of Thoughts'
  7. Jacobite 'Auld Lang Syne'
  8. Les Roses de Sâdi
  9. Off my Game
  10. A Song of Life and Golf
  11. St. Andrews Bay
  12. To Correspondents
  13. Zimbabwe


Notes on Life and Works

Born March 31, 1844, in Selkirk, Scotland, Andrew Lang was educated at Selkirk Grammar School, Edinburgh Academy, the University of St. Andrews, the University of Glasgow, and Balliol College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a B.A. (honours) in 1866. He took up a fellowship at Merton College in Oxford from 1868 to 1875, in which year he married Lenora Blanche Alleyne. Over his lifetime, Lang brought out nine books of verse, beginning with Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), as well as translations of Homer and other classical poets. His writing career, however, expanded into journalism once he settled in London at his marriage. He wrote as anthropologist, historian, fairy story teller, literary historian, sportsman, novelist, and biographer and had a prolific output. Honours came his way readily: he received doctorates from St. Andrews University in 1888 and Oxford University in 1904, was a fellow in the British Academy, and presided over the Society for Psychical Research. Lang died, without children, of angina pectoris, July 20, 1912, in Aberdeen.

Biographical information

Given name: Andrew
Family name: Lang
Birth date: 31 March 1844
Death date: 20 July 1912
Nationality: Scottish
Family relations
          father: John Lang
          mother: Jane Plenderleath Lang
          wife: Leonora Blanche Lang (from 1875)
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          Selkirk grammar school
          Edinburgh Academy
          University of St. Andrews: 1861
          University of Glasgow: 1864
          Balliol College, Oxford: 1865 to 1866
Politics: Jacobite
Honours
          Doctorate, St. Andrews: 1885
          Gilford lecturer, St. Andrews: 1888
          Doctorate, Oxford: 1904
          President, Psychical Research Society: 1911
Literary period: Victorian
Occupations
          Journalist
          Anthropologist
Residences
          Selkirk: 31 March 1844
          London: 1875
Cause of death: Angina pectoris
Buried at: Cathedral precincts, St. Andrews
First RPO edition: 2001