From Chambers’s Cyclopædia of English Literature, New Edition by David Patrick, LL. D., Vol. III.; J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, W. &. R. Chambers Limited, London and Edinburgh; 1902; p. 384.
Thomas Gordon Hake (1809-95), the ‘parable poet,’ was born at Leeds, and educated at Christ’s Hospital. He travelled a good deal on the Continent, took his M.D. at Glasgow, and practised at Bury St. Edmunds, Richmond, and elsewhere. Among his friends were Borrow, Trelawny, Rossetti, his cousin Gordon Pasha, and Watts-Dunton. He published Madeline (1871), Parables and Tales (1873), The Serpent Play (1883), New Day Sonnets (1890), &c. See his Memoirs of Eighty Years (1893). The blind poet, Philip Bourke Marston, inspired one of his best-known poems, ‘The Blind Boy;’ this is perhaps one of his most memorable sonnets: