Abram Joseph Ryan


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(1838–86), Maryland-born poet and Catholic priest, whose mystical lyrics upholding the Confederacy won him the name of “the Tom Moore of Dixie.” Such popular Southern poems as the melancholy Gather the Sacred Dust, The Conquered Banner, and The Lost Cause were collected in Father Ryan's Poems (1879). A Crown for Our Queen (1882) is a book of devotions.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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