ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Sonnet on the late Mrs. Leapor" Magazine of Magazines 2 (April 1751) 371.
1751: Thomas Edwards
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1784: Rev. John Duncombe
1806: Robert Southey
1807: Robert Southey
1827 ca.: Anonymous
1827: Alexander Dyce
1828: Leigh Hunt
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
What pity, Mira, that on rural plains
From cities far remote thy tuneful tongue
In artless guise its dapper ditties sung.
Unheard, unheeded, save by Brackley's swains;
Since now (ah me!) an early urn contains
That lyre dame nature's boon, which thou among
The courtliest bards right deftly could'st have strung,
With strength unknown to learning's polish'd strains.
Thus of hy-tinctur'd hue the violet dwells
In some sequester'd vale, alone reveal'd
To ruddy milkmaids, yet no tulip shows
Such beauteous tints, and thro' the neighb'ring field,
It scatters a perfume that ev'n excells
The boasted fragrance of the garden rose.