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Mary Howitt

  • God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race — to enlarge our hearts, to make us unselfish, and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims, and to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion ...

  • 'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly, / ''Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy ... '

    • Mary Howitt,
    • "The Spider and the Fly," Ballads and Other Poems ()
  • How pleasant the lives of the birds must be, / Living in love in a leafy tree!

    • Mary Howitt,
    • "Birds in Summer," Ballads and Other Poems ()
  • ... he is happiest who hath power / to gather wisdom from a flower.

    • Mary Howitt,
    • "Spring Crocuses," Ballads and Other Poems ()
  • True delicacy, that most beautiful heart-leaf of humanity, exhibits itself most significantly in little things.

    • Mary Howitt,
    • in Enoch Lewis, Wheat Sheaf ()
  • Buttercups and daisies — / Oh, the pretty flowers! / Coming ere the Springtime, / To tell of sunny hours, / When the trees are leafless; / When the fields are bare; / Buttercups and daisies / Spring up here and there.

    • Mary Howitt,
    • "Buttercups and Daisies" (1823), in Mary Botham Howitt, Birds and Flowers ()
  • O the broom, the yellow broom / The ancient poet sung it, / And dear it is on summer days / To lie at rest among it.

    • Mary Howitt,
    • "The Broom Flower," in Gail Harvey, ed., Poems of Flowers ()

Mary Howitt, English poet

(1799 - 1888)

Full name: Mary Botham Howitt.