1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Felicia Hemans

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 381.



In the first half of the century she was the first love of the girls in poetry, as Scott was the first love of the boys. But by this time her works have faded like a bouquet of flowers. They continue to be printed (we think) in pretty editions, and sold — but it is with a smile that we hear of the great fame of Mrs. Hemans. She died young, and her little story is throughout most tender and touching. And her verses linger in the memories of people who are growing old, with echoes and fragrances in them of their own youth — but are gone out of mortal ken for any more important use.