Who is Mary Howitt

Mary Howitt was an English poet, the author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly. She translated several tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Some of her works were written in conjunction with her husband, William Howitt. Many, in verse and prose, were intended for young people.

Background and early life

Mary Botham, daughter of Samuel Botham and Ann, was born at Coleford, Gloucestershire, where her parents lived temporarily, while her father, a prosperous Quaker surveyor and former farmer of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, looked after some mining property. In 1796, aged 38, Samuel had married 32-year-old Ann, daughter of a Shrewsbury ribbon-weaver. They had four children: Anna, Mary, Emma and Charles. Their Queen Anne house is now called Howitt Place. Mary Botham was...
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Mary Howitt Poems

  • The Voice Of Spring
    I am coming, I am coming!
    Hark! the honey bee is humming;
    See, the lark is soaring high
    In the blue and sunny sky,...
  • The Spider And The Fly
    “Will you walk into my parlor?”
    Said a spider to a fly;
    “'Tis the prettiest little parlor
    That ever you did spy....
  • The Fairies Of The Caldon Low
    “And where have you been, my Mary,
    And where have you been from me?”
    “I've been to the top of the Caldon Low,
    The midsummer night to see!”...
  • Old Christmas
    Now he who knows old Christmas,
    He knows a carle of worth;
    For he is as good a fellow
    As any upon earth....
  • Birds In Summer
    How pleasant the life of a bird must be,
    Flitting about in each leafy tree;
    In the leafy trees so broad and tall,
    Like a green and beautiful palace hall,...
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Good 3 Wing 3 High 3 Poor 3 Green 3 Bright 3 Away 3 Long 2 Open 2 Earth 2

Mary Howitt Quotes

  • God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race - to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affection; to give our shoulds higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses the great Father, every day, that he has gladdened the earth with little children
  • For visions come not to polluted eyes.
  • He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
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Comments about Mary Howitt

163richard: “will you walk into my parlour?” said the spider to the fly, “‘tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy." (by mary howitt) good morning, all. have a happy day.
Lockportschools: students in the george southard library built rube goldberg machines to catch the spider from the book "the spider and the fly" by mary howitt. a rube goldberg machine is a chain reaction-type machine intentionally designed to perform a task in an overly complicated way.
Stannesstreetly: year 6 are rehearsing ‘the spider and the fly’ by mary howitt for their filmed performance!
Historicwomens: spirit drawing by anna mary howitt, an english pre-raphaelite painter, writer, feminist and spiritualist, 1858. following a health crisis, she ceased exhibiting professionally and became a pioneering drawing medium. it is likely the term "automatic drawing" originated with her
Nottmcityoflit: 1. the spider and the fly. while arachnophobes will run from nottingham writer mary howitt's 1829 legendary poem, fans of our eight-legged friends revel in the classic opening line: 'will you walk into my parlour?'... the full poem can be read here:
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