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Roche, Eugenius

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1780/1786-1829) Either a French-born author in the UK from his late teens, or (slightly less likely) an Irish-born writer raised in France and in the UK from his early twenties; in any case, his career in London as journalist and playwright was financially disastrous, litigious, and he left many children in extreme poverty after his early death. The long title poem of his posthumous London in a Thousand Years (coll 1830), is a contemplation, in the mode of the Ruins and Futurity vision, of London devastated as a consequence of sins committed. Babylon is cited frequently. The poem's last lines capture its drift: "'Tis don. – Th'Almighty girds his darkness round, / And I am quenched – his awful glooms are on me!" [JC]

Eugenius Roche

born Paris: 23 February 1786 [or Dublin: 1780]

died London: 9 November 1829



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