1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leapor

Leigh Hunt, in Review of Dyce, Specimens of British Poetesses; The Companion (11 June 1828) 334.



Mary Leapor, "daughter of the gardener of Judge Blencow," and said to have been "some time cook-maid in a gentleman's family," was a born gentlewoman, and writes very pretty verses. Mr. Dyce has given us an eclogue of hers, entitled the Month of August, in which Sylvanus, a courtier, attempts in vain to lure away Phillis, a country maid, from her cottage and her rustic love. It contains some pleasing natural images, which we are tempted to quote; but in thinking of filling out our Companion's pockets with plums and country delicacies, a base and unusual fear comes over us of being thought unmannerly.