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    Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835), born at 118 Duke Street, Liverpool, and later a resident of Wavertree, gained enormous popularity with her romantic poetry primarily about nature, the picturesque, childhood innocence, travels abroad, liberty, and the heroic. "Casabianca", which begins "The boy stood on the burning deck", is probably today her most famous poem.

    Thanks to Steve Horton for his post correcting the location of Mrs Hemans' birthplace.

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    Hi Chris, as far as I knew Felicia was born at 118 Duke Street then lived in Wavertree later in life (in a house that's site is now occupied by a garage). I hope Kev wont reprimand me for spamming as I post a link to another of my sites that is now well overdue an overhaul

    http://www.geocities.com/stevenhorto...liverpool.html

    Do they still recite "Land of the Pilgroim Fathers" at Thanksgiving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteH View Post
    Hi Chris, as far as I knew Felicia was born at 118 Duke Street then lived in Wavertree later in life (in a house that's site is now occupied by a garage). I hope Kev wont reprimand me for spamming as I post a link to another of my sites that is now well overdue an overhaul

    http://www.geocities.com/stevenhorto...liverpool.html

    Do they still recite "Land of the Pilgroim Fathers" at Thanksgiving?
    Hi Steve

    You are possibly righter than I am. I remember in Robert Griffiths' The History of the Royal and Ancient Park of Toxteth (1997) he spoke about her living in Wavertree and I suppose I assumed she was born there as well. I have amended the above post to correct it according to your information. See also a nice portrait of Mrs. Hemans at http://utopia.utexas.edu/project/por...x.html?img=181

    "Land of the Pilgrim Fathers" may be recited at Thanksgiving in some places in the US at Thanksgiving though I have not heard it.

    Thanks for the link to your literary Liverpool site, Steve.

    Is the reputed smallest house in England still in Wavertree?

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    The frontage of what was the smallest house is still there, although it has now been incorporated into the Cock and Bottle pub. It has been mentioned elsehere on this forum.

    http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2144

    The current smallest house in Britain is in Conwy, North wales - measuring just 1.8m in width.

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    Nice photographs, Steve, thanks. I have a B&W photograph of the Monks Well at Wavertree with a couple of Liverpool tykes on it. At first I thought that was my photograph and had to look twice at it to make sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835), born at 118 Duke Street, Liverpool, and later a resident of Wavertree, gained enormous popularity with her romantic poetry primarily about nature, the picturesque, childhood innocence, travels abroad, liberty, and the heroic. "Casabianca", which begins "The boy stood on the burning deck", is probably today her most famous poem.


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    We used to say:
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    The Boy stood on the burning deck
    his lip was all a-quiver
    he gave a cough
    his leg fell off
    and floated down the river.
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