ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Helen Maria Williams
Belinda, "Verses, to Miss Helen Maria Williams" Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 3 (April 1791) 245.
Helen Maria Williams:
1782: Charlotte Anne Burney
1783: William Hayley
1784: Samuel Johnson
1784: Anna Seward
1786: W. Upton
1787: J. B-o
1787: Anna Seward
1790 ca.: George Hardinge
1790: E. J.
1791: E. J.
1793: Elizabeth Carter
1793: Anna Seward
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1801: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Francis William Blagdon
1815: Isaac D'Israeli
1822: James Harley
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1882: Epes Sargent
1887: P. W. Clayden
1745: Samuel Richardson
1777: Rev. William Dodd
1781: Rev. John Donne
1791: Helen Maria Williams
Soft as the mildest breath of spring,
That gently floats on zephyr's wing;
Across the flow'r enamell'd plain,
Is fair Maria's dulcet strain.
Rich as perfumes of Eden's vale,
That incense nature's passing gale,
And give their sweets to rising day,
Is polish'd Williams's hyblean lay.
Hadst thou but liv'd in ancient time,
When Sparta wanton'd in her prime,
Thy magic verse had rul'd the storm,
That levell'd Troy's imperial form.
Contending chiefs, with list'ning ear,
Had courted peace, thy voice to hear,
And Paris self, well pleas'd resign'd,
The proud vain queen — for Helen's mind.