Tom Moore’s “Pathetic about Memory,” in a letter to Fanny

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Tom Moore’s “Pathetic about Memory,” in a letter to Fanny

Postby poemisdue » Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:36 am

I’ve just finished reading Keats’s letters to Fanny. The tenderness is so moving... having had my own Keats and Fanny moments, I was completely enthralled by the delicacy of their relationship, and could only wish to express myself on the level that Keats does :oops:

In the letter beginning with “The power of your benediction is of not so weak a nature...,” (page 41 for anyone with the Bright Star book) Keats says he could write a “song in the style of Tom Moore’s Pathetic about Memory.” So far I have not found the poem(?) he is referencing. Does anyone know what he might be referring to here?
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Re: Tom Moore’s “Pathetic about Memory,” in a letter to Fann

Postby CasaMagni » Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:28 pm

The word memory occurs 103 times in his Poetical Works -

https://books.googleusercontent.com/boo ... tnK7TKpb3g

but not in that form. Might be a case of Keats substituting the correct version with his own in order to chime with his train of thought in the letter.
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Re: Tom Moore’s “Pathetic about Memory,” in a letter to Fann

Postby Cathat906 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:49 pm

It might be "Farewell! But Whenever You Welcome the Hour" or another work by the Irish songwriter Thomas Moore.

http://www.folkworld.de/64/e/moore.html
http://www.contemplator.com/ireland/farewelc.html
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