DE FLEURY, Maria. ~ Divine Poems and Essays on various Subjects. Viz. Immanuel; or, the Godhead of Christ displayed. A Meditation written in a Bower at Lady Grove, Sutton. Elegies. Epithalamiums. Epistles to Miranda, &c. Hymns. A Poem on Redemption. A Walk at Enfield. Meditations on the Canticles. - for the Lord’s Supper. Christ All in All. Meditations on Rev. xii. 6. A Summer Day’s Excursion. Odes. Letters. A Soliloquy. By Maria De Fleury. With recommendatory Prefaces, by the Rev. Mr Wills, Rev. Mr Towers, and Rev. Mr Ryland. London: Printed for the author, and sold by T. Wilkins, Aldermanbury; by Bellamy and Roberts, No. 202, Strand; M. Trapp, No. 1, Pater-Noster Row; Mr. Nott, Lombard street; M. Gurney, No. 128, Holborn, and by the author, No. 31, Jewin-Street. 1791.
8vo (200 × 120 mm), pp. xii, 244, preliminaries spotted; contemporary half calf, lately rebacked and recornered (vellum tips).
First edition. Maria de Fleury (fl. 1773–1791), religious controversialist and hymn writer (and member of the anti-Catholic Protestant Association) was based in Cripplegate, London. As an active member of a circle of moderate Calvinist Baptists and other dissenters, she published several pieces on the theological and political controversies of the day. ‘Immanuel,’ the principal poem here, occupies the first 60 pages. The work includes a few pieces in prose including ‘A summer’s day excursion.’
‘Divine Poems and Essays... has recommendatory prefaces by [John] Ryland and two other evangelical ministers, John Towers and Thomas Wills, in which Towers contends that her theologically assertive style is due to the amount of time she has spent conversing with ministers and is not a sign that her work is by another, more educated person’ (Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 165; Jackson, Women, p. 101; Todd, Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800, p. 100.