Who is Moore and why is there a statue of him in Central Park?
Moore Statue, Central Park
This is a photo I took in central park of Thomas Moore’s statue.
▬ Thomas Moore born on May 28th, 1779 was a poet, songwriter, singer, and satirist active in the first half of the 19th century in Ireland. Politically, Moore was recognized in England as a press, and in Ireland he was considered a Catholic patriot. He was a born lyricist and a natural musician, a practiced satirist and one of the first recognized champions of freedom of Ireland. So popular was he in his day that publishers advanced him extraordinary sums on the promise of works from his ever-active pen. He died at the age of 72 on February 25, 1852.
▬ The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a citizens group of Irish descent, commissioned this statue of Moore. This bust of Moore was unveiled in 1880 on the 101st anniversary of the poet’s birth.
Here’s one of his poems:
▬ Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
Live fairy-gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
▬ It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!