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R S Hawker
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Born in Stoke Demeral, Devon
Born on 3rd of December 1803
Died on 15th of August 1875

Born 1803. Died 1875 - English poet.

Educated at Pembroke College, Oxford. Won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1827. Poetry includes Tendrils (1821), Reeds Shaken with the Wind (1843) and The Quest of the Sangraal (1864). Best known ballad is The Song of the Western Men. A vicar at St Morwenna and St John the Baptist Church , he invented the modern harvest festival.
Converted to the Roman Catholic Church on his deathbed.

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