1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Peter L. Courtier, in Lyre of Love (1806) 2:123.



Miss Seward, daughter of the Rev. T. Seward, appears to have been born about the year 1743, at the village of Eyam, in Derbyshire, of which her father was rector. He became afterwards prebendary of Salisbury, and canon residentiary of Litchfield. It was on the latter promotion, that Miss Seward removed to Litchfield; where she has continued to reside, since her thirteenth year, in the Bishop's palace. Her publications are, poems in Lady Miller's Bath-Easton volume; Elegy on Captain Cook, and Monody on Major Andre; Louisa, a poetical novel; Elegy on Lady Miller; Ode to General Elliot; Llangollen Vale, &c.; Sonnets; and Memoirs of Dr. Darwin. Miss Seward has been celebrated for her personal charms, is highly accomplished, and much esteemed for the suavity of her manners, and the vivacity of her conversation.

With such advantages, it is scarcely possible that Miss Seward can have lived unsought and unattached. Some of her poems, indeed, authorise a very different opinion to that of her having remained a stranger to the passion which influences so important, a part of human conduct, and which often constitutes either the happiness or misery of individuals.