Mary Wright Sewell

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Mary Wright Sewell (/ˈsəl/; 6 April 1797 – 10 June 1884) was an English poet and children's author. Though popular for writing juvenile bestsellers in her day, she is better known today as the mother of Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty.

Mary was born into the Quaker faith in 1797, and lived at the Blue Lodge, Wick from 1858 to 1864. She had a great love of poetry and wrote Mother's Last Words (which sold millions of copies throughout the world) while living at Wick, near Bristol.


  • The children of Summerbrook : scenes of village life, described in simple verse, 1850
  • Our Father's care: a ballad, 1857
  • Homely ballads for the working man's fireside, 1858
  • "Thy poor brother" : letters to a friend on helping the poor, 1860
  • Mother's last words: a ballad, 1865
  • Ballads for children : including "Mother's last words", and "Our father's care", 1867
  • An appeal to Englishwomen, 1870

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