ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
E. Fushs, "To Mrs. Yearsley, upon her beautiful Epistle to Miss H. Moore" Bath Chronicle (3 March 1785).
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
1785: Ann Yearsley
Tho' birth or fortune, fate or chance, inspire
The lineage of the long-descended Squire;
Whose luscious dainties grace a silver board,
That only knows the relish of a lord:
Let it be thine — O Yearsley! born to share
Some emanation of Apollo's care!
To live unbiass'd by a courtly state,
Above the vulgar, but beneath the great.
Tho' once depress'd thy fate obscurely lay,
Unseen, unbrighten'd by the powers of day,
It soon shall soar above the vulgar sphere,
Thro' the dark cloud of indigence of care:
Soon shall the influence of thy dearest Moore
Point the blest path her bounty shall explore;
Illume thy powers with her auspicious ray,
And that shalt dawn upon eternal day;
Thy talents shine, thro' all the world explor'd,
And hidden merit find its just reward.
Go on! proceed — renew thy vital strain,
That lyre once stopp'd may never breathe again.
Pour all thy soul on Moore's immortal praise,
And add thy "wreath of ivy to her bays!"
Then blooming honours shall thy lines receive,
And all thy gratitude shall dare to live!
Lo! Genius points thy blest immortal road,
And tells the Atheist that there is a GOD.
If e'er Achilles shall his fury lend,
To 'venge the murder of his dearest friend;
If mighty Hector shall again be slain,
And drawn inglorious thro' the bloody plain;
Let it be thine, in every action skill'd,
To paint the mighty heroes of the field!
And then shall Britain boast a YEARSLEY'S name,
That animates the Graecian Beggar's fame:
And thou — O thou! shall Britain's deeds rehearse,
And Moore and Montague adorn thy verse!
Tetbury, Feb. 25, 1785.