ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Lady Sophia Burrell
A Lady, "The Naiad's Reply to Mrs. Burrell's Invocation" Gentleman's Magazine 55 (April 1785) 306.
Lady Sophia Burrell:
1785: A Lady
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1801: Alexander Thomson
1853: Frederic Rowton
1744: Alexander Pope
1761: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1763 ca.: William Shenstone
1768: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1770: James Beattie
1775: Rev. Robert Colvill
1778: Richard Tickell
1781: Rev. Charles Churchill
1785: Lady Sophia Burrell
1785: John Milton
1786: Samuel Johnson
1786: Dr. John Wolcot
1787: William Cowper
1790: David Humphreys
1794: Charlotte Smith
1796: Robert Burns
1796: William Hayley
1797: Elizabeth Montagu
1811: Edward Jerningham
1817: Bp. Richard Mant
1820: John Clare
1820: Rev. John Wesley
Sweet Heliconian Nymph, whose matchless strain
Invites me forth, and charms e'en Wisdom's ear,
Long shall these rocks the pleasing sounds retain,
And fam'd Parnassus be unenvy'd here.
More soothing notes ne'er form'd the wond'rous spell
The Syrens chanted to induce delay,
Nor issued from Calypso's vocal shell,
Wooing Ulysses to prolong his stay!
Like them thou sail'st, tho' friendship strung the lyre,
And thy responsive voice its accents bland
Employ'd not to promote the loose desire,
Th' inebriate cup averted by thy hand.
But Heav'n-descended minds can ill endure
The rest which frail mortality implores;
Soon in his renovated strength secure,
MANSFIELD upborne his well-known heights explores.
He, like the Grecian sage, would sure reject
Immortal youth, oppos'd to high renown,
Would hasten hence the injur'd to protect,
And awe the perjur'd villain by his frown.
For this did Heav'n my healing powers impart,
Not that dull sloth should win him to her train,
Content I see him from my brink depart;
Nor thou lament, as thou hadst sung in vain.
The bays are thine; and may my lucid stream
Still flow for thee, replete with jocund health!
May the light spirits from thy eye-lids beam,
Conferring joys, not to be bought be wealth!