Biography of Hannah More
Hannah More (2 February 1745 – 7 September 1833) was an English religious writer, Romantic and philanthropist. She can be said to have made three reputations in the course of her long life: as a poet and playwright in the circle of Johnson, Reynolds and Garrick, as a writer on moral and religious subjects, and as a practical philanthropist.
Born in 1745 at Fishponds in the parish of Stapleton, near Bristol, Hannah More was the fourth of five daughters of Jacob More, a schoolmaster originally from Harleston, Norfolk. He was from a strong Presbyterian family in Norfolk, but had become a member of the Church of England, and originally intended to pursue a career in the Church, but after the disappointment of losing a lawsuit over an estate he had hoped to inherit, he moved to Bristol, where he became an excise officer and was later appointed teacher at the Fishponds free school.
They were a close family and the sisters were first educated by their father, learning Latin and mathematics: Hannah was also taught by her elder sisters, through whom she learned French. She was keen to learn, and possessed a sharp intellect - she was assiduous in studying and, according to family tradition, began writing at an early age.
In 1758 Jacob established his own girls' boarding school at Trinity Street in Bristol for the elder sisters, Mary and Elizabeth to run, while he and his wife moved to Stony Hill in the city to open a school for boys. More became a pupil when she was twelve years old, and taught at the school in her early adulthood.
Hannah More's Works:
* Collingwood, Jeremy and Margaret. Hannah More. Oxford: Lion Publishing, 1990.
* Demers, Patricia. The World of Hannah More. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996.
* Ford, Charles Howard. Hannah More: A Critical Biography. New York: Peter Lang, 1996.
* Harland, Marion. Hannah More. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
* Hopkins, Mary Alden. Hannah More and Her Circle. London: Longmans, 1947.
* Jones, M. G. Hannah More Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952.
* Knight, Helen C. Hannah More; or, Life in Hall and Cottage. New York: M. W. Dodd, 1851.
* Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth. Their Fathers’ Daughters: Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Patriarchal Complicity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
* Roberts, William, ed. Memoirs of Mrs Hannah More. New York: Harper & Bros., 1836.
* Stott, Anne. Hannah More: The First Victorian. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
* Taylor, Thomas. Memoir of Mrs. Hannah More. London: Joseph Rickerby, 1838.
* Thompson, Henry. The Life of Hannah More With Notices of Her Sisters. London: T. Cadell, 1838.
* Yonge, Charlotte. Hannah More. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1888.
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Hannah More Poems
The Slave Trade, A Poem
If heaven has into being deign'd to call Thy light, O Liberty! to shine on all; Bright intellectual Sun! why does thy ray
On A Young Lady
Go, peaceful shade! exchange for sin and care The glorious palm which patient suff'rers wear! Go, take the meed victorious meekness gains,
O War, What art thou? After the brightest conquest, what remains Of all thy glories? For the vanquish'd - chains -
The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral D...
'To rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,
Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Calle...
Airy spirits, you who love Cooling bower, or shady grove; Streams that murmur as they flow,
Here And There
Here bliss is short, imperfect, insincere, But total, absolute, and perfect there. Here time's a moment, short our happiest state,
Ode To Charity
O Charity, divinely wise, Thou meek-ey'd Daughter of the skies From the pure fountain of eternal light, Where fair, immutable, and ever bright,
Florio : A Tale, For Fine Gentleman And ...
Florio, a youth of gay renown, Who figured much about the town, Had pass'd, with general approbation,
Humble And Unnoticed Virtue
O my son! The ostentatious virtues which still press For notice and for praise; the brilliant deeds Which live but in the eye of observation -
The Bas Bleu: Or, Conversation. Addresse...
VESEY, of Verse the judge and friend, Awhile my idle strain attend: Not with the days of early Greece,
The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of ...
You who love a tale of glory, Listen to the song I sing: Heroes of the Christian story Are the heroes I shall bring.
On Mrs. Little, In Redcliff Church, Bris...
O could this verse her fair example spread, And teach the living while it prais'd the dead!
On C. Dicey, Esq., In Claybrook Church, ...
O Thou, or friend or stranger, who shalt tread These solemn mansions of the silent dead! Think, when this record to enquiring eyes,
The Impossibility Conquered : Or, Love Y...
The Objector. Each man who lives, the Scriptures prove, Must as himself his neighbour love;
A Christmas Hymn
O now wondrous is the story
Of our blest Redeemer's birth?
See the mighty Lord of Glory
Leaves his heaven to visit earth!
Hear with transport, every creature,
Hear the Gospel's joyful sound;
Christ appears in human nature,
In our sinful world is found;