Доклад опубликован в рамках III Областной научно – практической конференции учащихся на английском и немецком языках «Культурное наследие стран изучаемого языка», посвященной 350-летию Дж. Свифта, 25 февраля 2017.

Helen Savvateyeva and Dmitry Osminkin, Anastasia Korneeva,
Angelina Beresneva, Dasha Velikaya, Saida Ibragimova,
school № 15, Podolsk

Teacher: Sheludko Svetlana Anatolievna

Thomas Moore is an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of «The Minstrel Boy»:

The Minstrel-Boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he has girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him.
«Land of song!» said the warrior-bard,
«Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!»

The Minstrel fell! - but the foeman's chain
Could not bring his proud soul under;
The harp he loved ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said, «No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery.»

Thomas Moore was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 28 May, 1779. Speaking of his family, it is interesting to mention, that he had two younger sisters, Kate and Ellen.
From an early age Moore showed a profound interest in music and other performing arts, especially in theatre. He often appeared in plays with his friends. Moore attended several Dublin schools. From 1795 he was educated at Trinity College. Moore was a very good student. He studied law at Middle Temple in London. But it was as a poet, translator, balladeer and singer that he found fame.
Moore is considered Ireland's National Bard and he is to Ireland what Robert Burns is to Scotland. Moore is commemorated in several places: by a plaque on the house where he was born, by busts at The Meetings and Central Park, New York, and by a large bronze statue near Trinity College Dublin.
Many composers have set the poems of Thomas Moore to music. They include Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz.
The song «Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms» is often used in a famous gag in a number of Warner Brothers cartoons.
«Those evening bells», translated by Ivan Kozlov became a very popular Russian lyrical sentimental song. Now it is known as a theme tune of the Russian famous film «Kalina Krasnaya» by Vasily Shukshin.

Those evening bells! Those evening bells!
How many a tale their music tells
Of youth, and home, and that sweet time
When last I heard their soothing chime!

Those joyous hours are passed away;
And many a heart that then was gay
Within the tomb now darkly dwells,
And hears no more those evening bells.

And so't will be when I am gone,—
That tuneful peal will still ring on;
While other bards shall walk these dells,
And sing your praise, sweet evening bells.


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