Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Today is the birthday of Winthrop Mackworth Praed, who was born on this day, July 26, 1802.

Praed was an English writer and politician remembered for his humorous verse.

He wrote,

"I remember, I remember how my childhood fleeted by. The mirth of its December, and the warmth of its July."

Praed's home had a fine grove. He had an orangery and beautiful grounds overlooking a harbor. Praed tragically died at 37 from tuberculosis.

For many years, his fans enjoyed this little story about him:

A man went to a bookshop and asked,

"Have you, Browning?"

And the clerk replied,

"No, we can't sell him. People say they can't understand him."

Then the customer asked,

"Have you Praed?"

And the clerk said,

"Yes, we've prayed, and we still can't understand him."

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Winthrop Mackworth Praed