ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Miss Harriet Airy" Gentleman's Magazine 29 (July 1759) 334.
1759: William Woty
1761: William Shenstone
1761: John Wall
1762: John Wall
1764: Rev. John Langhorne
1766: B. F.
1788: William Hamilton Reid
1794: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1759: Mary Darwall
1759: Rev. John Ogilvie
1759: Christopher Smart
1761: Rev. William Dodd
1766: Rev. James Scott
1771: Rev. Francis Fawkes
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1775: Samuel Johnson
1784: Samuel Johnson
To thee, dear girl, these numbers I consign,
And bid them flow in unison with thine.
Oh! take and press them to thy tender breast,
There clasp 'em close, and let the bard be bless'd.
Let other females roll the wanton eye,
Flutter the fan, and heave th' affected sigh,
Let others flaunt it in the tawdry gown,
Proud to be thought the puppets of the town.
Be yours to deviate from this common pride,
Be each low thought and bauble laid aside.
To due decorum ever live resign'd,
And let fair virtue harmonize thy mind.
'Tis she shall warm thee with her genuine ray,
And waft thy spirit to unclouded day.
When female vanity can charm no more,
And the dull farce of foppery is o'er,
By truth illumin'd, and by virtue fir'd,
Thou, and thy moral muse shall be admir'd.
July 10, 1759.
[Miss Harriet is desired to signify how a letter may be conveyed to her, by a line directed to J. C. at Robin's Coffee house, Shire Lane, near Temple Bar.]