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Thomas Moore liked to sing and write poetry, and while at law school in London wrote the words and often the music to many songs, as well as the libretto for Michael Kelly's opera The Gipsy Prince. In 1808 Moore provided the words and tunes for a selection of Irish songs, Irish Melodies. He "borrowed" from the collections made by Edward Bunting (much to Bunting's displeasure) and applied serious words to light melodies. This collection made Moore extremely popular, and he enjoyed many songwriting successes. His popularity was partly due to his personal charm as a performer. Through this popularity he was able to revive interest in forgotten folk tunes of his native land. A victim of an embezzlement scam in 1820, Moore survived on his writings until 1846 when illness and depression took their toll.