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GEORGE LYDE (1601-1673)
This clergyman, who was born at Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devon, and
who held the Vicarage of Widdecombe-in-the-Moor during a long life,
is principally known in connection with the extraordinary accident
by lightning which occurred to his church in 1638, of which he
published an account in verse, that obtained enormous
circulation. PRINCE curiously says of him: 'He was the
sixth of ten sons, each of whom had no less than five
sisters.' His life was quite uneventful, except for the
singular visitation in his parish, which made him so well
known. He was in the pulpit at the time of the occurrence,
and narrowly escaped. Although so noted at the time, the
composition was but poor poetry. - J.R.C.
Transcribed by Sandra Windeatt from: Wright, W. H. K.,(1896) West-Country
Poets: Their Lives and Works. London: Elliot Stock,
Last updated 22 Jul 2011 - Brian Randell.
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