Bernard Barton


The Quaker Bernard Barton was educated a dissenting academy, though he was regarded as a natural poet. He was apprenticed to a shopkeeper and married his employer's daughter before abandoning business to work as a private tutor and later as a bank clerk. A prolific contributor to the annuals, Barton was eventually granted a pension by Sir Robert Peel. His daughter Lucy married Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the Rubaiyat. Barton corresponded with Wordsworth, Byron, Scott, Jeffrey, Southey, and Lamb, and was a friend of Allan Cunningham, Charles Lloyd, and William Roscoe.


1812An Address to the Members of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
1812Hymn to the Deity.
1812Jane Ashford, a Tale in Humble Life.
1812Pains of Memory. A Fragment.
1812Response to the three Valedictory Stanzas, subjoined to the Lady of the Lake.
1812Stanzas on perusing Psyche, a Poem, by the late Mrs. Tighe.
1812Stanzas on the Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
1812Stanzas to the Memory of Dr. John Leyden.
1812To W. Roscoe, Esq.
1812To Walter Scott, Esq. on reading his Lady of the Lake.
1812Verses on reading Hayley's Life of Cowper.
1818Fancy and Imagination.
1818The Author's parting Address to the Muse.
1818Verses respectfully and affectionately inscribed to a Professional Friend.
1820A Day in Autumn; a Poem.
1820Concluding Verses, written after returning from an autumnal morning Walk.
1820Introductory Verses to Maria Hack.
1820Leiston Abbey.
1820Meditations in Great Bealings Church-Yard.
1820Stanzas, addressed to Percy Bysshe Shelley.
1820To a Friend, on her Birthday, 1818.
1820Verses supposed to be written in a Burial-Ground belonging to the Society of Friends.
1821To the Sun.
1826A Grandsire's Tale.
1826A Missionary's Memorial.
1827A Widow's Tale.
1827Concluding Verses. To a Child seven years old.
1827Princess Elizabeth at Woodstock.
1827To Felicia Hemans, on the Death of a Friend.
1828A New Year's Eve.
1828Christ walking on the Sea. Verses illustrative of the Frontispiece, drawn and engraved by John Martin.
1828Recollections of Chichester. Written for the Bazaar in Aid of the Infirmary.
1828The Battle of Gibeon. Verses illustrative of Martin's Joshua.


Metrical effusions. 1812.
Mr. John Rogers and his opponents. 1813.
The triumph of the Orwell. 1817.
The convict's appeal. 1818.
Poems by an amateur. 1818.
A day in autumn: a poem. 1820.
Poems. 1820, 1821.
Napoleon, and other poems. 1822.
Verses on the death of P. B. Shelley. 1822.
Ode to time. 1823.
Flowers. 1824.
Minor poems. 1824.
Poetic vigils. 1824.
Devotional verses. 1826.
A missionary's memorial, or verses on the death of J. Lawson. 1826.
A widow's tale and other poems. 1827.
A New Year's Eve, and other poems. 1828.
Bible letters for children [with Lucy Barton]. 1831.
The missionary. 1833.
The reliquary, with a prefatory appeal for poetry and poets [with Lucy Barton]. 1836.
Triplets for truth's sake. 1842?
Household verses. 1845.
Sea-weeds, gathered at Aldborough. 1846.
A memorial of J. J. Gurney. 1847.
Birthday verses at sixty-four. 1848.
Ichabod! 1848.
On the signs of the times. 1848.
Selections from the poems and letters, ed. Lucy Barton. 1849, 1853.
The gift of a friend. 1849.
The natural history of the Holy Land [with Lucy Barton]. 1856.
Selected poems. 1905.
Letters from Bernard Barton to Robert Southey, ed. C. Woodring. 1950.
Literary correspondence, ed. James E. Barcus. 1966.