1855 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leapor

Sarah Josepha Hale, Woman's Record; or, Sketches of all Distinguished Women (1852; 1855) 389.



MARY LEAPOR was born in Northamptonshire, in 1712, her father having been many years a gardener to a gentleman in that country. Her education was suitable to her humble rank, but her attainments far surpassed all expectation. Her modesty kept her merit concealed till it was too late for her to reap any temporal emoluments from her writings. She died in her twenty fourth year, and, when on her death-bed, gave her father a collection of papers, containing original poems, which were afterwards published. Some of these poems are very good. She also wrote a tragedy entitled "The Unhappy Father."