Mary Elizabeth Blake

Works

Life
1840-? [née McGrath]; b. Co. Waterford, travelled to America at 6; ed. Academy of Sacred Heart, Manhattanville; m. Dr. John G. Blake, of Boston; contrib. to The Roman Catholic; mother of five Harvard men and a literary dg.; book-titles incl. On the Wing; Mexico Picturesque and Political; A Summer Holiday in Europe; Verses Along the Way; Merry Months All; Youth in Twelve Centuries; In the Harbor of Hope. JMC

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References
Justin McCarthy, Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904), Vol. 1, p.189, selects poems: “The Dawning o” the Year” [‘All ye who love the springtime [...] / And the dancing wind slips down through the leaves of the boreen / And all the world rejoices in the wearing of the green!’]; “The First Steps” [‘To watch him with silent rapture / To cheer him with happy noise / My one little fair-faced daughter / And four brown romping boys [...] then rest, at Father’s knee!’].

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