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was an English
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scholar of Anglo-Saxon
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After studying for four years at Copenhagen University, under the Danish philologist Rasmus Christian Rask
Rasmus Rask was a Danish scholar and philologist.-Biography:...
, he returned to England in 1830, and in 1832 published an English version of Caedmon's metrical paraphrase of portions of the Holy Scriptures, which at once established his reputation as an Anglo-Saxon scholar.
Thorpe died at Chiswick in July 1870. The value of his work was recognized by the grant to him, in 1835, of a civil list pension.