ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Moreami, "Lines written on returning The Works of Hannah More" Ladies' Literary Port Folio [Philadelphia] 1 (26 August 1829) 294.
1773: John Langhorne
1773: W. H.
1773: W. H.
1776: M. R.
1777: W. H.
1777: T. S.
1778: Samuel Johnson
1778: Rev. William Tasker
1779: T. B****s
1781: Bp. Robert Lowth
1783: Elizabeth Carter
1784: James Beattie
1785: Ann Yearsley
1789: John Williams
1791: Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
1791: A Young Lady
1792: John Bennet
1794: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1795: Elizabeth Montagu
1806: William Forbes
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1809: Sydney Smith
1814: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1815: William Henry Ireland
1819: Leigh Hunt
1822: James Harley
1828: Leigh Hunt
1834: Sara Coleridge
1837: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1846: John Dix
1847: Joseph Cottle
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1857: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Epes Sargent
1883: Eric S. Robertson
1829: Hannah More
Dear friend excuse me that before
I've not returned your "Hannah More;"
How could I its departure speed,
While there was yet one word to read?
Morals so pure, wit so refin'd,
How sweetly, yet how rarely join'd!
Such language, or in prose or verse,
So strong, so fluent, and so terse;
Where can we find such excellence,
With learning and experience?
Such a warm feeling, friendly heart,
So zealous for the better part?
Her various powers with equal ease
Can a lord, or a peasant please.
She to the simple, gay, and wise,
Has taught the science of the skies.
One of our great most learned men,
The pious Dwight,* whose fertile pen
Enrich'd the world with classic lore,
Was ask'd, "what think you of Miss Moore!"
He answer'd not, again 'twas said,
"Sir, is not hers a noble head?"
Still he was silent, but his smile
Convinc'd the querist of some wile;
"Pray doctor, are not great her powers,
Equal almost, to those of ours?"
At length he said, "I must defer
My judgment, till I write like her."
* A president of Yale College.