ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Hester Mulso Chapone
, in The Feminiad (1754) 26-28 & n.
Hester Mulso Chapone:
1750: William Duncombe
1751: Thomas Edwards
1751: Samuel Richardson
1752: Thomas Edwards
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1754 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1755 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1761: Elizabeth Carter
1781: Charlotte Ann Burney
1799: Frances Burney
1804: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1827: Alexander Dyce
1828: Leigh Hunt
1832: Fanny Burney
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
Rev. John Duncombe:
1751: William Lauder
1754: Hester Mulso Chapone
1754: Thomas Edwards
1754: Anne Finch
1754: George Jeffreys
1754: Mary Leapor
1754: Judith Cowper Madan
1754: Elizabeth Pennington
1754: Katherine Philips
1756: Rev. John Dyer
1756: Samuel Richardson
1760 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1772: Rev. Christopher Pitt
1772: Rev. Samuel Say
1772: Rev. Joseph Spence
1784: Mary Leapor
Returning now to Thames's flow'ry side,
See how his waves in still attention glide:
And, hark! what songstress shakes her warbling throat?
Is it the nightingale, or DELIA'S note?
The balmy Zephyrs, hov'ring o'er the fair,
On their soft wings the vocal accents bear;
Thro' Sunbury's low vale the strains rebound,
Ev'n neighbouring Chertsey hears the chearful sound,
And wond'ring sees her Cowley's laurel'd shade.
Transported listen to the tuneful maid.
O may those nymphs, whose pleasing pow'r she sings
Still o'er their suppliant wave their fost'ring wings!
O long may Health and soft-ey'd Peace impart
Bloom to her cheek, and rapture to her heart!
Beneath her roof the Red-breast shall prolong,
Unchill'd by frosts, his tributary song;
For her the Lark shall wake the dappled morn'
And Linnet twitter from the blossom'd thorn.
Sing on, sweet maid! thy Spenser smiles to see
Kind Fancy shed her choicest gifts on thee,
And bids his Edwards, on the laurel spray
That shades his tomb, inscribe thy rural lay.
Of this lady I shall say little more than that the happiness of her genius is only excell'd by the goodness of her heart. The Muses have attended her in the few poetical excursions she has made, viz. her Odes to Peace, Health, and the Robin Red-breast, which are here alluded to; and she has been celebrated in a sonnet by Mr. Edwards, author of the Canons of Criticism.