ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, in "A Familiar Epistle to Mrs. Hemans" Edinburgh Magazine NS 8 (January 1821) 63-64.
1809: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1820: Lord Byron
1820: John Taylor Coleridge
1821: Bp. Reginald Heber
1821: Bernard Barton
1822: James Harley
1825 ca.: John Wilson
1826: J. R. P.
1827: George Bancroft
1827: C. W.
1828 ca.: Thomas Campbell
1828: John Wilson
1828: William Cullen Bryant
1829: Sir Walter Scott
1829: Thomas Campbell
1829: Anne Grant
1829: Sarah Josepha Hale
1829: Charles W. Thomson
1829: Elizabeth Margaret Chandler
1829: Francis Jeffrey
1830: George Barrell Cheever
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: S. B. C.
1832: Thomas Enort Smith
1833: Thomas Medwin
1833: Allan Cunningham
1835: Sara Coleridge
1835: John Wilson
1835: Willis Gaylord Clark
1836: Mary Russell Mitford
1836: Henry Fothergill Chorley
1836: Rose Lawrence
1843: William Wordsworth
1846: John Dix
1848: Rufus W. Griswold
1850: George Gilfillan
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1853: Frederic Rowton
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1880: A. Mary F. Robinson
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1882: Epes Sargent
Say why, when nature's wants are all supplied,
Are not her restless children satisfied?
When all is given that modest want required,
They must be known, applauded, and admired.
If frugal nature has the powers denied,
By what expedient is the want supplied,
What pining wretchedness, what cruel care,
Is borne to make the fools of fashion stare,
What coaches, jewels, pictures are displayed,
The feeble aims of vanity to aid?
How limited must admiration be,
Since none, alas, admire but those who see!
Thrice blest Felicia from the world retir'd,
Yet in seclusion by the world admir'd,
Thou need'st no costly carriage to display,
Round thee no jewels shed a needless ray,
Enough, that every pure and virtuous mind,
Enrich'd by culture, or by taste refin'd,
A warm unenvying tribute pays the thee,
Exulting in thy growing fame like me.
Thy sex are proud of sister excellence,
Even lettered men ungrudging praise dispense;
Those soften graces which thy lays diffuse,
Have taught them to endure a female muse.
Some too, with more than manly candour own,
Thy verse as chaste and classic as their own,
And joy amidst thy varied wreath to see,
The amaranth of immortality.