ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Herbert, "To a Young Lady, with the Works of Mr. Shenstone" Weekly Miscellany [Sherborne] 12 (30 May 1779) 215.
1737: William Shenstone
1749: Lady Luxborough
1750 ca.: Rev. Richard Graves
1751: Rev. Richard Jago
1755: Robert Dodsley
1756: John Scott Hylton
1758: Alexander Carlyle
1759: James Woodhouse
1760: Edward Cooper
1760: Rev. Richard Graves
1761: Mrs. John Thomas
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Rev. Richard Graves
1763: John Cunningham
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Mary Darwall
1763 ca.: A Lady
1763: Dr. S.
1763: T. H.
1764: Rev. John Langhorne
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: John Oakman
1766: John Scott of Amwell
1769: Thomas Gray
1771: William Roscoe
1771: Rev. Richard Graves
1772: Rev. John Ball
1773: Thomas Lyttleton
1774: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1774: Charles Graham
1776: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Old Robin
1779: J. M.
1779: Menassah Dawes
1780: J. W.
1782: Samuel Johnson
1783: Edmond Malone
1784: De Sp—do
1785: H. R.
1787: Robert Burns
1788: John Williams
1789: A Bard of the Wrekin
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1792: Anna Seward
1792: John Bennet
1793: J. H. C.
1793: Captain John Majoribanks
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1797: Mr. Mott
1798: Anna Seward
1802: George Dyer
1805: Thomas Park
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1806: John F. M. Dovaston
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Anne Grant
1812: A. F.
1814: John Hamilton Reynolds
1814: James Jennings
1815: William Wordsworth
1818: William Hazlitt
1818: David Parkes
1823: David Parkes
1823: T. H.
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1836: L. L.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1855 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1859: Leigh Hunt
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1910: Ralph Straus
1779: William Shenstone
To thee, whose breast (unlike our modern Dames)
Ne'er feels a taste for Scandal's grov'ling themes;
Whom education nobly doth inspire,
With ardent love of each harmonious lyre.
To thee, the humblest of the Muses train,
This work presents — nor thou the gift disdain.
Here the extremes of Hope, Love, Joy, we find;
Those finer feelings of the tutor'd mind.
In ev'ry line your Shenstone's eye appears
Dissolv'd in Melancholy's silent tears.
Still to his mind Life's vain and fleeting shade,
Creative Fancy's magic pow'r display'd.
Hence early from its bursting cares he fled,
To hold sweet converse with the learned dead.
Fir'd with the love of ev'ry art sublime;
But most engag'd by soul-enchanting rhyme.
His small estate while Genius fair improv'd,
His numbers grac'd the rural scenes he lov'd.
Here the sweet Bard enjoy'd his wish'd retreat,
Till Love's intrusive cares disturb'd his breast.
Here in the vocal grove, or pensive shade,
He sung the praises of his charming maid.
But nor his music, nor his ardent love,
Could e'er his Delia's heart unfeeling move.
At length, with grief oppress'd he ceas'd to sing:
No more the groves with Delia's praises ring.
Mute lies the lyre which bade the woods proclaim,
In chearful sounds, the perjur'd fair one's name.
With what invectives shall the Muse pursue
Th' ungen'rous deed? Is this the guerdon due
To Love, to Genius? Ah! too cruel fair!
Can female bosoms drive us to Despair?
If o'er his tomb with softer heart you mourn,
And straight condemn his Delia's hard return;
Should work, like his, some future day aspire
To raise the flame of every young desire,
Ah! feel the impulse of a gen'rous mind,
On Delia think, nor be like her — UNKIND.