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Selected Poetry of Anna Letitia Waring (1823-1910)

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

To sum up all, I'm old -- and that's
A fact the years decide;
It is a common thing with cats
And not a thing to hide.
        (FINIS. To the Superior Animal)
  1. Father, I Know that all my Life
  2. FINIS. To the Superior Animal
  3. Tender Mercies, on my Way

Notes on Life and Works

Anna Letitia Waring was born at Plas-y-Velin, Neath, on April 19, 1823. She left her parents' faith, the Society of Friends, for Anglicanism, into which she was baptised on May 15, 1842. Her life-long avocations were the study of the Bible (in self-taught Hebrew), the writing of hymns, a love of animals, and charitable work for prisoners. Her Hymns and Meditations (1850) reached its 17th edition in 1896 and was popularized by the SPCK in the next century. Waring never married. She died in Clifton, Bristol, on May 10, 1910.

Biographical information

Given name: Anna Letitia
Family name: Waring
Birth date: 19 April 1823
Death date: 10 May 1910
Nationality: English
          Quaker to 1842
          Anglican: 15 May 1842
Literary period: Victorian
          Clifton, Bristol, England to 1910
          Plas-y-Velin, Neath: 1823
First RPO edition: 2001