1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leapor

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:91.



The father of this extraordinary young woman, was gardener to Judge Blencowe. Her education was suitable to the poverty of her origin; she was merely taught to read and write. At first her parents encouraged her propensity to poetry; but afterwards fearful that it might be prejudicial to her well doing in the world, they endeavoured by every means to prevent her future indulging it. Her perseverance conquered. Her life was however very short, and her talents not known till she could reap no benefit from fame. Two volumes of her Poems were printed, 1748 and 1751.