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My Life Is Like the Summer Rose (1819).

a poem by <IR> RICHARD HENRY WILDE </IR> . Wilde wrote this song as part of an epic on the Seminole War, The Lament of the Captive. The song was published without his consent or knowledge and was reprinted all over the country. Then an Irish poet named Daniel O'Kelly and other poets claimed its composition, and it was even attributed to the ancient Greek poet Alcaeus. In 1834, in the first issue of the Southern Literary Messenger, the poem was definitely assigned to Wilde. It was set to music by Charles Thibault in 1822 and was popular as a song. Other musical settings included one, never published, by Sidney Lanier.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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