Who is Mary Darby Robinson

Mary Robinson (née Darby; 27 November 1757 – 26 December 1800) was an English actress, poet, dramatist, novelist, and celebrity figure. She lived in England, in the cities of Bristol and London; she also lived in France and Germany for a time. She enjoyed poetry from the age of seven and started working, first as a teacher and then as actress, from the age of fourteen. She wrote many plays, poems and novels. She was a celebrity, gossiped about in newspapers, famous for her acting and writing. During her lifetime she was known as "the English Sappho". She earned her nickname "Perdita" for her role as Perdita (heroine of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale) in 1779. She was the first public mistress of King George IV while he was still Prince of Wales.


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  • Sonnet Xxxix: Prepare Your Wreaths
    Prepare your wreaths, Aonian maids divine,
    To strew the tranquil bed where I shall sleep;
    In tears, the myrtle and the laurel steep,
    And let Erato's hand the trophies twine. ...
  • Sonnet Xxxii: Blest As The Gods
    Blest as the Gods! Sicilian Maid is he,
    The youth whose soul thy yielding graces charm;
    Who bound, O! thraldom sweet! by beauty's arm,
    In idle dalliance fondly sports with thee! ...
  • Sonnet I: Favour'd By Heav'n
    Favour'd by Heav'n are those, ordain'd to taste
    The bliss supreme that kindles fancy's fire;
    Whose magic fingers sweep the muses' lyre,
    In varying cadence, eloquently chaste! ...
  • Sonnet To Ingratitude
    He that's ungrateful, has no guilt but one;
    All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.
    - YOUNG.
  • Stanzas To Love
    TELL ME, LOVE, when I rove o'er some far distant plain,
    Shall I cherish the passion that dwells in my breast?
    Or will ABSENCE subdue the keen rigours of pain,
    And the swift wing of TIME bring the balsam of rest? ...
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Heart 80 Love 73 I Love You 73 Mind 65 Soul 62 Soft 58 Sonnet 55 Night 53 Tear 53 Away 49

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Thisweekrich: 13:14 2nd | olentangy 5, darby 0 lexi white centers to mary robinson for another olentangy goal.
Arialigi: some tidbits about mary darby robinson * advocate for women's education * advocate for the poor * spent time in debtor's prison, once with her deadbeat husband, who fooled around with prostitutes in front of her * actress, former mistress of george iv (then prince of wales)
Arialigi: additionally, i aim to highlight people in history who are lesser-known, and who benefited society as a whole. such figures include, but are not limited to mary darby robinson, & leigh hunt ( champion of the poor) a sample of this can be found on she mag
Sharonlathan: mary darby robinson by sharon lathan, novelist
Nataniabarron: 27 - so, a few bits of beauty before i sign off. i have a soft spot for the late 1700s, with joshua reynolds & gainsborough's winsome gray-haired ladies. reynolds - mary darby, mrs thomas robinson 'perdita' - the wig, the hat, the stare. we would get up to much mischief, 1782.
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