Mary Webb

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Mary Webb (25 March 1881 – 8 October 1927), was an English romantic novelist and poet of the early 20th century, whose work is set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew. Her novels have been successfully dramatized, most notably the film Gone to Earth in 1950 by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They inspired the famous parody Cold ... more »

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  • ''Saddle your dreams afore you ride 'em.''
    Mary Webb (1881-1927), British author. Precious Bane, bk. 1, ch. 6 (1924).
  • ''The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memoried glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past.''
    Mary Webb (1881-1927), British author. Precious Bane, foreword (1924).
  • ''If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.''
    Mary Webb (1881-1927), British author. Precious Bane, bk. 2, ch. 3 (1924).
  • To many women marriage is only this. It is merely a physical change impinging on their ordinary nature, leaving their mentality untouched, their self-possession intact. They are not burnt by even the ...
    Mary Webb (1881-1927), British novelist. The Golden Arrow, ch. 18 (1916).
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Green Rain

Into the scented woods we'll go,
And see the blackthorn swim in snow.
High above, in the budding leaves,
A brooding dove awakes and grieves;
The glades with mingled music stir,
And wildly laughs the woodpecker.
When blackthorn petals pearl the breeze,
There are the twisted hawthorne trees
Thick-set with buds, as clear and pale
As golden water or green hail-
As if a storm of rain had stood
Enchanted in the thorny wood,
nd, hearing fairy voices call,
Hung poised, forgetting how to fall.

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