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Selected Poetry of Mary Barber (ca. 1685-1755)


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
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

O may I live to hail the day,
When boys shall go to school to play!
To grammar rules we'll bid defiance;
For play will then become a science.
        (Written for my Son, … upon his Master's First Bringing in a Rod, 19-22)
  1. To a Lady
  2. Written for my Son, … upon his Master's First Bringing in a Rod
  3. Written for my Son, at his First Putting on Breeches


Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Mary
Family name: Barber
Birth date: ca. 1685
Death date: 14 June 1755
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          son: Constantine Barber
          son: Rupert Barber
Language: English
Patron: Jonathan Swift
Literary period: Augustan
Residence: Dublin
Illness: Gout
First RPO edition: 1996-2000