ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On reading the last Poem written by Mrs. Tighe, On Receiving a Branch of Mezerion" Belfast Monthly Magazine 8 (April 1812) 298.
1795: Anna Seward
1805: Lady Bedingfield
1805 ca.: Thomas Moore
1810: Joseph Haslewood
1811: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1811: W. P.
1811: Anna Maria Porter
1811: Bp. Reginald Heber
1811: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1812: Sir James Mackintosh
1812: Bernard Barton
1812: Robert Pearse Gillies
1812: Mary Leadbeater
1815: William Henry Ireland
1815: P. T.
1819: John Keats
1825: John Wilson
1825: C. M.
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: Alexander Dyce
1827: Felicia Hemans
1828: Leigh Hunt
1831: Felicia Hemans
1847: Leigh Hunt
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1854: Robert Shelton Mackenzie
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1862: Thomas Arnold
1878: Alfred Webb
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1882: Epes Sargent
Ere Psyche joined th' immortal choir,
Such the last sorrows of her lyre!
Pupil of patience — from whose smile
She learn'd her sufferings to beguile,
And bless each soft consoling ray,
That beam'd upon her wintry day.
The couch of sickness ne'er was seen,
To shine with lustre more serene;
Light, social graces hover'd there,
The fav'ring muse heard Psyche's prayer;
Friendship with dove-like eyes would bring
The fairest blossoms of the spring,
And music flings her spells around
With sweetest witchery of sound,
Waking now the song of pleasure,
Now with rapid change of measure,
Ere the gay visions disappear,
Surprising soft the sudden tear.
But brighter rays are seen to shine
Around her couch with light divine:
A saint-like mother's arm supports
The drooping rose; a mother courts
Her smile with each endearing art,
That love can teach a female heart.
Pale, placid mourner! years have shed
Their silver honours on thy head:
Yet in thine eye, unquench'd by time,
Strong faith resides, and hope sublime,
Guides that direct thy Psyche's way,
To regions of eternal day.
Then Seraph! rise to realms above,
Where all is harmony and love.