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MORRIS , Sir LEWIS ( 1833 - 1907 ), poet and educationist ;

b. 23 Jan. 1833 , at Carmarthen , son of Lewis Edward William Morris and great-grandson of Lewis Morris (q.v.) . After a brilliant academic career at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School , Carmarthen , at Cowbridge and Sherborne Schools, and at Jesus College , Oxford (graduated 1856 ), he was called to the Bar in 1861 . In 1871 he published anonymously Songs of Two Worlds , and a second and third series under the same title in 1874 and 1875 . Other volumes of verse followed till the end of his life, of which The Epic of Hades , 1876-7 , is the best known and most ambitious. His verse is wholesome, fluent, but uninspired. His most lasting work was that done for higher education in Wales . In 1878 he became joint honorary secretary to the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth ; he was joint treasurer 1889-96 , and a vice-president from 1896 till his death. A Liberal in politics, he unsuccessfully contested many parliamentary seats . He had m. Florence Julia Pollard in 1868 ; there were two daughters and a son. He d. 10 Nov. 1907 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • The Cambridge history of English literature , 1908-1927

Author:

Professor Gwyn Jones, M.A., (1907-99), Aberystwyth / Cardiff

Published date: 1959