1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Hunter

Leigh Hunt, in Review of Dyce, Specimens of British Poetesses; The Companion (9 July 1828) 385-88.



Mrs. Hunter, "wife of the celebrated John Hunter, and sister of the present Sir Everard Home, published a volume of Poems, some of which are written with much elegance and feeling. Several of her songs had previously been set to music: one or two are embalmed in the eternal melodies of Haydn." — Among the latter, is a song extracted by Mr. Dyce, beginning "The season comes when first we met." It is the first composition of Haydn that convinced us he could write with genuine passion, and stopped the mouth of divers blasphemies we used to utter on that point. It is to be found in an elegant selection of airs, trios, &c., in two volumes, well worthy the attention, and not beyond the skill, of the amateur, published by Mr. Sainsbury, and entitled the Vocal Anthology. Mrs. Hunter was author of the well-known Death Song of a Cherokee Indian, "The sun sets in night, and the stars shun the day." A simple and cordial energy, made up of feeling and good sense, is the characteristic of the better part of her writings.