ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Eliza L. Emmerson, "Lines on receiving the Bust of the Northamptonshire Poet, executed by Henry Behne, Esq." Morning Post (14 April 1829).
1820: John Taylor, publisher
1820: A Lady
1820: Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend
1820: A Well-wisher to Merit
1820: John Keats
1820: Robert Southey
1820: A Friend to Deserving Genius
1820: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1821: Edward Phillips of Melksham
1821: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1822: Charles Lamb
1822 ca.: Charles Abraham Elton
1822: Thomas Stott
1823: John Taylor, publisher
1824: Jacob Jones
1825 ca.: Jacob Jones
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: John Clare
1829: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1829: Eliza L. Emmerson
1830: Eliza L. Emmerson
1831: John Wilson
1838: Thomas Campbell
1839: Thomas Hood
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1882: Epes Sargent
Eliza L. Emmerson:
1829: John Clare
1830: John Clare
Young Sculptor! thou couldst seek no shrine more fair
To win a laurel than the brow of CLARE!
It gave thee ample scope for all thy skill,
And thou hast shewn both talent and good will
To do the Poet justice; for we trace
The features of his mind as well as face;
The power of thought — of genius — here we see,
With the full attributes to Poesy!
Th' expansive forehead — the soul-speaking eye—
The lip that struggles 'tween a smile and sigh!
And Nature over Art doth full provide:
All these, young Sculptor, thou hast well descried.
The hand of Genius only could define,
And thou art rich, to have the gift divine.
Yes, BEHNER — yest, this work will fully prove
Thy talent hath been given thee from above.
"The Village Minstrel" here at once I see;
The Poet CLARE stands all confess'd to me,
In mental character, in feature shown,
The Muse will come, and claim the Bard her own,
And to the Artist — proof her her regard,
Present the maiden laurel — just reward!
Stratford-place, April 10, 1829.