ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Addressed to Miss Linley, on her singing the song of 'O liberty, thou choicest treasure!'" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 March 1773).
1773: Horace Walpole
1773: Frances Burney
1773: Lord M.
1778: Richard Tickell
1782: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1785: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1792: M. S.
1792: Dr. Henry Harington
1792: Simonides Pure
1796: William Linley
1801 ca.: William Jackson
Insulting fair one, will it not suffice,
That we confess the influence of your eyes,
With joy our boasted liberty resign,
And think th' oblation poor at such a shrine,
But most you still those heav'nly strains employ
To decorate the freedom you destroy;
Just paint the transient bubble as it flies,
And teach us, what is ours no more, to prize?