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Maria Jane Jewsbury: Lays of leisure hours. London : J. Hatchard and Son, 1829. WPRP 92.


This is the third of only four titles by Jewsbury, elder sister of the better-known Manchester novelist Geraldine Jewsbury, and a particular friend of the Wordsworths. Her first work, Phantasmagoria (1825) was dedicated to Wordsworth; he thought very highly of her and in 1829 addressed his poem Liberty to her in return. In 1832 Jewsbury married a clergyman who was in the service of the East India Company and sailed for Bombay where she died from cholera in 1833.


Includes an Epigraph:

So hath my spirit passed!
As a wild bird amidst the foliage turns
That which within him triumphs, beats, or burns,
Into a fleeting lay.
Mrs. Hemans.


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