ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Miss Highmore; sent on Valentine's Day" Nichols, Select Colletion (1780-84) 6:103-04.
1750 ca.: Thomas Edwards
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Samuel Richardson
1750: Joseph Highmore
1752: Thomas Edwards
1755: Bonnell Thornton
1755 ca.: Hester Mulso Chapone
1756: Bonnell Thornton
1760 ca.: Rev. John Duncombe
1784: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1804: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1747: George Lyttelton
1750 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1750 ca.: Sir Walter Raleigh
1751: Rev. Thomas Birch
1751: Hester Mulso Chapone
1751: Mary Leapor
1751: Samuel Richardson
1751: Rev. John Upton
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1752: Susanna Duncombe
1752: Samuel Richardson
1754: Gilbert West
1758: Richard Owen Cambridge
Fair Valentine, and of the Muse's train,
If not yourself a Muse, accept these lays,
Mean though they be, not worthy of your praise,
Yet still ambitious such approof to gain.
When in Honoria's travels, you explain
The safest path 'mid life's bewilder'd ways,
And guide your pilgrim through th' intangled maze;
Her virtuous toils instruct and entertain.
Why then, with shame-fac'd diffidence, withdraws
Your bashful Muse, far from the public view,
And well-deserv'd applause, which fans the fire
Of emulous Virtue in an honest cause?
A larger share of fame is but your due,
Who write so well, and, while you praise, inspire.