ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Helen Maria Williams
Essex, "To Miss Williams, on the perusal of her animating Letters on the Cause of Liberty" Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 6 (February 1794) 113.
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
1794: Helen Maria Williams
Helen Maria Williams — peerless maid,
Alli'd to beaming Liberty,
Each patriot knee, shall bend to thee,
In virtue's robe, and truth's bright garb array'd.
Benignant goddess, hence we ken
Thee, high exalted o'er earth's regal thrones;
Blest Freedom's equal, who, with ardour owns
Her power excell'd by thy all magic pen.
Sweet is thy influence — yet it thrills—
And the nerv'd system vibrates as it runs;
Ah! now it burns — and now it chills—
Impedes each thought — and hurries them by turns.
Such is thy power, enchanting fair,
Where'er thou mov'st soft sympathy shall bloom;
Benevolence ambrosial fill the air,
And despotism find an early tomb.