ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Helen Maria Williams
Anonymous, "To Miss Helen Maria Williams, on reading her Novel of Julia" Gentleman's Magazine 60 (April 1790) 355.
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
What beauties animate thy page,
Thou chaster Sappho of our age!
Oh! who so well the heart can move,
And soften every thought to love?
Can all its fond illusions spread,
And wake the tear 'tis bliss to shed?—
But when thy soothing work I close,
Afraid of such bewitching woes,
Far from thyself, ah let me fly,
From that sweet smile, that speaking eye:
Oh! rather in thy melting page
Still teach me Love's delicious rage;
'Tis safer there its power to trace,
Than learn that lesson from thy face!