ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Astrea, "To the Author of some elegant Verses addressed to Mrs. Yearsley" Felix Farley's Bristol Journal (5 December 1789).
1784: Frances Burney
1785: E. Fushs
1785: Samuel Badcock
1785: Michael Lort
1785: James Shiells
1785: Hannah More
1786: Anna Seward
1787: Andrew Becket
1787: Mr. Upton
1787: William Meyler
1789: The Cottage Mouse
1789: John Williams
1791: Francis Garden
1792: Maria Edgeworth
1799: Robert Southey
1827: Alexander Dyce
1847: Joseph Cottle
1853: Frederic Rowton
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1789: Ann Yearsley
Hast thou e'er seen the gentle bird of morn
First trim her plumage on the dewy thorn,
Then seek with thrilling sound the middle sky,
And on the breast of viewless rapture lie?
So YEARSLEY dar'd from Care's black shade to rise,
Borne on the plaudits of the good and wise!
But Malice, rous'd by Friendship's heav'nly sound,
Moves ev'ry snake, with which her forehead's bound;
Eager for venom, they assault their nurse,
She feeds her speckled brood, and feeds them with a curse;
Bloated with poison, lo! she brings them forth,
They belch pollution o'er the path of worth;
Genius they follow to her fragrant bow'r,
And in their way blast ev'ry beauteous flow'r.
Daunted the infant cherub views the pest,
Her guileless ardors die within her breast;
Fearful to struggle with th' unequal foe!
Fearful to pause where dire contagions flow!
The veil of purity she wraps around
Her radiant form, and raising from the ground,
Is by the Angel, Truth, for ever crown'd.