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Augusta Webster born in Poole, Dorset as Julia Augusta Davies, was an English poet, dramatist, essayist, and translator. The daughter of Vice-admiral George Davies and Julia Hume, she spent her younger years on board the ship he was stationed, the Griper. She studied Greek at home, taking a particular interest in Greek drama, and went on to study at the Cambridge School of Art. She published her first volume of poetry in 1860 under the pen name Cecil Homes. In 1863, she married Thomas Webster, a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. They had a daughter, Augusta Georgiana, who married Reverend George Theobald Bourke, a younger son of the Joseph Bourke, 3rd Earl of Mayo. Much of Webster's writing explored the condition of women, and she was a strong advocate of women's right to vote, working for the London branch of the National Committee for Women's Suffrage. She was the first female writer to hold elective office, having been elected to the London School Board in 1879 and 1885. In 1885 she travelled to Italy in an attempt to improve her failing health. She died on 5 September 1894, aged 57. During her lifetime her writing was acclaimed and she was considered by some the successor to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. After her death, however, her reputation quickly declined. Since the mid-1990s she has gained increasing critical attention from scholars such as Isobel Armstrong, Angela Leighton, and Christine Sutphin. Her best-known poems include three long dramatic monologues spoken by women: A Castaway, Circe, and The Happiest Girl In The World, as well as a posthumously published sonnet-sequence, "Mother and Daughter".

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List of poems by Augusta Davies Webster 83 total

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Hark the sky-lark in the cloud
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Coming Home
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Too soon so fair, fair lilies
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Siste Viator
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Mother and Daughter- Sonnet Sequence
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A Bird and flower upon the tree
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In an Almshouse
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The Old Love
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WAITING, waiting 126 ViewsRate it
News to the king, good news for all
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Seeds with wings, between earth and sky
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The Wind’s Tidings In August 1870
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The Manuscript of Saint Alexius
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She Has Made Me Wayside Posies
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A Preacher
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St. Ame
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Her Memories
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In After Years
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The Flower By The Path 109 ViewsRate it
Dear love, good-night
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A Soul in Prison
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Miles and miles of here and there
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Birds Sing I Love You, Love
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The Butterfly
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Dearest, this one day we own
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A Castaway
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A Comrade
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The Pine
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Tell thee truth, sweet; no
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An Inventor
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Young May sat fainting and chill
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The Violet And The Rose
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A Song Of A Spring-Time
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My Loss
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White Rose And Red
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Autumn’s Warnings
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No News From The War
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Day is dead, and let us sleep
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Yu-Pe-Ya’s Dirge For Tse-Ky
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The Brook Rhine
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The First Spring Day
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A Summer Mood
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The Missing Star
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The Old Dream
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The Sky-Lark’s Song
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Poulain The Prisoner
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Tis Hard
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The Happiest Girl in the World
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Not Love
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Beyond The Shadow
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A Dilettante
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The Sea-Maid’s Song
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Medea in Athens
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Questions And Answer
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The Oldest Inhabitant
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While the woods were green
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The Swallows
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Love's Mourner
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Once a sea-nymph loved a boy
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The Brook Leaps Riotous
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Not To Be
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A Coarse Morning
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One star only for Love's heaven
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Ni-Chan’s Dirge For Yen-Oey
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Young Laughters, and My Music!
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Joy that's half too keen, and true
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Tell me not of morrows, sweet
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Where found Love his yesterday?
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Where Home Was
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