ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
W. P., "To Mrs. T.... on reading her beautiful Poem of Psyche or the Legend of Love" Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1806-07 (1811) 116-17.
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
1771: George Lyttelton
1775: Oliver Goldsmith
1776: James Beattie
1794: Rev. Joseph Warton
1811: Mary Tighe
When feeling, taste, and genius all conspire
To claim the undisputed meed of praise,
In vain, where all must envy or admire,
The feeble tribute of applause we raise.
For who shall paint her worth, whose matchless mind
Warm with the elegance of classic lore,
By reason strengthen'd, and by love refin'd,
Divides the palm which Spenser own'd before?
Blest page! where, whilst the varied graces shine,
Fair Virtue wears her most attractive hues,
Where glowing Wisdom stamps th' impressive line,
And Truth entwines the flowers which Fancy strews.
'Tis thine to bid incautious virtue fly
The paths, where fell deceits in ambush move,
Ambition's lure, Suspicion's venom'd eye;—
—And prize the calmer sweets of social love.
For thee, sweet muse, whose artless strains display
Each chaste affection of the female heart,
Thine are the joys which never can decay,
The joys which virtue, science, truth impart.
These, while the lighter pleasures of the hour
A sickly gleam of dubious rapture cast,
Shall yield their soft, consolatory power
To bless the future, and endear the past.