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Selected Poetry of Sarah Fyge (1670-1723)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Then comes the last, the fatal Slavery,
The Husband with insulting Tyranny,
Can have ill Manners justify'd by Law;
For Men all join to keep the Wife in awe.
        (The Emulation, 7-10)
  1. The Emulation
  2. The Repulse to Alcander
  3. To Philaster


Notes on Life and Works

Born and dying in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, Sarah Fyge was twice married, first unwillingly to a lawyer, Edward Field, who died leaving her a well-off widow without children, and second very unhappily, and publicly so, to the much older Reverend Thomas Egerton, rector of Adstock, who died in 1720. Fyge's first publishing success was The Female Advocate (1686), her polemical reply to an attack on women that argued that they were superior to men; and her second was her Poems (1703, 1706). Constance Clark outlines the life of Sarah Fyge (Egerton) in her introduction to the Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints reprint of the poems.

Biographical information

Given name: Sarah
Family name: Fyge
Birth date: 1670
Death date: 1723