ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Helen Maria Williams
E., "Sonnet to Miss Helen Maria Williams, on her Poem of Peru" Gentleman's Magazine (June 1786) 513.
Helen Maria Williams:
1782: Charlotte Anne Burney
1783: William Hayley
1784: Samuel Johnson
1784: Anna Seward
1786: W. Upton
1787: J. B-o
1787: Anna Seward
1790 ca.: George Hardinge
1790: E. J.
1791: E. J.
1793: Elizabeth Carter
1793: Anna Seward
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1801: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Francis William Blagdon
1815: Isaac D'Israeli
1822: James Harley
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1882: Epes Sargent
1887: P. W. Clayden
Daughter of Verse — soft Pity's sweetest child—
Meek virgin-priestess of the tuneful Nine!
Wilt thou admit of breathings rude and wild
T' attempt to praise such heavenly strains as thine?
All uncontroul'd to thy enchanting song
I give my feeling, nor the gift could rue;
For every note they sound, while led along,
To nature faithful, and to passion true.
What though no longer now thy numbers roll
Peru's sad story on my list'ning ear,
Still, sunk their charming tenour in my soul,
I think I hear them, and could ever hear;
While, like the thanks some blest oration draws,
I can but murmur thus my hoarse applause.