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Selected Poetry of Robert Fuller Murray (1863-1894)

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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

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Index to poems

I shall be spun. There is a voice within
Which tells me plainly I am all undone;
For though I toil not, neither do I spin,
                      I shall be spun.
        (The Waster's Presentiment, 1-4)
  1. Adventure of a Poet
  3. The City of Golf
  4. A December Day
  5. The Delights of Mathematics
  6. The Golf-ball and the Loan
  7. Imitated from Wordsworth
  8. An Interview
  9. Love's Phantom
  10. The M.A. Degree
  11. Requiem
  12. Trafalgar Square
  13. The Voice that Sings
  14. The Waster's Presentiment

Notes on Life and Works

Robert Fuller Murray was born Dec. 26, 1863, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, of John and Emmeline Murray. In 1869 John took his son to Kelso, England, and then to York. He was educated at grammar schools in Ilminster and in Crewkerne. Murray then attended his beloved University of St. Andrews from 1881, succeeding more in English than in classical Greek. Lacking other opportunities, he became a research assistant to Professor John M. D. Meiklejohn in 1886, published poems in popular journals, and took to journalism in Edinburgh briefly in mid-1889. He returned to St. Andrews in 1890, his consumption then pronounced. 1891 brought him two diversions, a brief visit to Egypt, and the publication of The Scarlet Gown, but Murray succumbed, not long afterwards, to the disease in St Andrews. His friend Andrew Lang carried his second volume of poems into print in 1894, the year of his death, and in 1909 the St. Andrews Students' Representative Council subvented a second edition of The Scarlet Gown, as Lang then said, "by piety."

Biographical information

Given name: Robert Fuller
Family name: Murray
Birth date: 26 December 1863
Death date: 1894
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Murray
          mother: Emmeline Murray
          Ilminster Grammar School, England
          Crewkerne Grammar School, England
          University of St. Andrews (B.A.): 1881
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Journalist: 1889 to 1889
          Kelso, England
          York, England
          Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA: 1863 to 1869
          St. Andrews, Scotland: 1881 to 1894
          Edinburgh, Scotland: 1889 to 1889
          Egypt: 1891 to 1891
Cause of death: Consumption
First RPO edition: 2001