|Henry John Newbolt was born in Baldwin Street, Bradley in the Parish of Sedgley. His father was vicar of St. Mary's Church, Bilston, but died when Henry was four years old. The family then moved to Walsall where Mrs. Newbolt's parents lived.
At the age of ten, Henry was sent to a boarding school in Lincolnshire and from there won a scholarship to Clifton College, Bristol, recalled in his Clifton chapel and other school poems (1908). Following Oxford, Corpus Christi College, he began a legal career, practising at the Chancery Bar from 1887-1889. Following his marriage he moved increasingly in literary circles and counted Mary Coleridge and Robert Bridges among his friends.
He was knighted in 1915 and awarded the Companion of Honour in 1922.
Henry Newbolt is probably best remembered for his sea songs, Admirals All (1897) which was an immediate success on publication, selling over twenty thousand copies in the first year. It contains Drake's drum (dated 5th December 1895) which is typical of his patriotic style, often with naval and English West Country settings.
His first novel to be published was Taken from the Enemy (1892), followed by Mordred; a tragedy (1895). He also wrote short stories and a naval history.
DRAKE he's in his hammock an' a thousand miles away,
Drake he was a Devon man, an' ruled the Devon seas,
Drake he's in his hammock till the great Armadas come,
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