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Born in 1844, died in 1889. He was educated at Oxford, entered the Catholic Church in 1866, began his novitiate with the Jesuits in 1868, and was ordained in 1877. Upon entering the Jesuit order, he burned most of his existing poetry.

In 1875, a German ship, the Deutschland, sank, carrying five Franciscan nuns with it. This inspired him to write The Wreck of the Deutschland, and he continued writing poetry until his death.