ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Richard Steele
Nathaniel Lloyd, "To Miss H—ll, with the Tatlers, Spectators, and Guardians" 1715 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 6:101.
Sir Richard Steele:
1708: Thomas Bishop
1711 ca.: Anonymous
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1713: Henry Needler
1713: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1714: Thomas Hearne
1714: Rev. Laurence Eusden
1715 ca.: Nathaniel Lloyd
1719: Jane Brereton
1723 ca.: Anonymous
1723: Leonard Welsted
1724: James Heywood
1729: Benjamin Victor
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1731: Isaac Thompson
1745 ca.: Rev. William Dodd
1759: Oliver Goldsmith
1762: Y. X.
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1809: Isaac D'Israeli
1818: William Hazlitt
1831: Leigh Hunt
1843: Lucy Aikin
1853: W. M. Thackeray
1855: Walter Savage Landor
1715 ca.: Sir Richard Steele
While others, with consummate skill and care,
Direct thy motions, gesture, and thy air,
Dear girl (for perfect bliss, I hope, design'd),
Let me contribute to adorn thy mind.
May'st thou be free from blemish as from sin!
Without all lovely, and all pure within.
Charms personal, when once the bloom is past,
Without good sense and knowledge seldom last:
And sense and knowledge, if good-breeding fail,
To gain and keep our hearts will scarce avail.
Do thou for every grace have just respect;
Accomplishments external not neglect,
But let thy mind with choicest gifts be deckt:
Then Time to thee, while others will decay,
Shall give more beauties than he takes away.