ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Julius Mickle
Bion, "Verses, written on a blank Leaf of Mickle's Poem of The Concubine" Ladies' Monthly Museum S3 13 (June 1821) 359.
William Julius Mickle:
1763: George Lyttelton
1764: John Cunningham
1766: R. S-l
1767: Dr. John Armstrong
1767: Rev. John Langhorne
1770: David Garrick
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1771: David Garrick
1771: James Boswell
1773: Richard Fenton
1782: William Hayley
1788 ca.: Anonymous
1791: R. C.
1794: Robert Alves
1794: Thomas James Mathias
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1795: William Taylor of Norwich
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Robert Southey
1810 ca.: Sir Walter Scott
1812: Isaac D'Israeli
1819: Richard Hatt
1822: Thomas Gillett
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Allan Cunningham
1843: John Holland
1845: Robert Phillimore
1848: John Forster
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1821: William Julius Mickle
God of our mind! if human bosoms beat
With genuine sparks of energy divine,
In ladies' hearts improve the noble heat,
Till female worth fulfil thy rich design!
Full oft, as here, unholy beauty lifts
O'er weak, unguarded youth its luckless star,
Quench'd the warm lustre of Heaven's choicest gifts,
And hope is hamper'd in the spreading snare.
Yet man to sovereign beauty safe may bow,
If dress'd in purity's internal charm,
The rose of love without a thorn may blow,
By goodness nurs'd, and virtue's sunshine warm.
Mark then, ye fair! where springs your fastest sway,
If heartfelt worth and beauty's grace combine,
Obsequious man shall catch the kindling ray,
And where adoring you, be most divine!
But where is genuine worth, in mixture rare,
With winning loveliness at once combin'd?
Go then, and ne'er unfeeling ask me where,
While Delia's form survives, and Delia's mind!