Morris, George P(ope)
- Dale Cockrell
(b Philadelphia, PA, Oct 10, 1802; d New York, July 6, 1864). American poet and librettist. He was a well-known poet, important editor, social figure, and member of the “Knickerbocker” school of New York artists. The New-York Mirror and Ladies’ Literary Gazette and Home Journal, both of which Morris had a hand in founding and editing, were highly influential literary magazines. Among the composers who set his sentimental verse were Stephen Foster (“Open thy Lattice Love”), the Hutchinson Family Singers (“My Mother’s Bible” and other poems), Henry Russell (“Woodman, Spare that Tree,” which became enormously popular), and C.E. Horn (“Near the Lake, where Droop’d the Willow”). With Horn, Morris wrote the opera, The Maid of Saxony, which was produced at the Park Theatre in New York in 1842.H.B. Wallace: “Memoir of George P. Morris,” in G.P. Morris: Poems (New York, 1860), 13–48 P. Barnard: “George Pope Morris,” ...