Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology

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Roger Lonsdale, Roger H. Lonsdale
Oxford University Press, 1990 - Law - 555 pages
In the first decade of the eighteenth century, only two women published collections of verse. By the 1790s, more than thirty had done so. Yet, in the two intervening centuries, most of that verse has disappeared from view--now either ignored or forgotten.
This delightful anthology takes us back to Augustan England, introducing over one hundred of these lost poets from Lady Mary Chudleigh and Octavia Walsh to Mary Locke and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Their poetry speaks with vigor and immediacy, in a range of moods from the resentful and melancholic to the humorous and exuberant, as they unveil their individual worlds to us. They came from all levels of society--including washerwomen and duchesses--and from both the town and country. The volume reveals that as eighteenth-century women poets gained confidence, their writing eventually spanned a variety of poetic forms and encompassed both public and private topics. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets offers a compelling reassessment of a neglected aspect of eighteenth-century literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xxi
MARY LADY CHUDLEIGH nee LEE 16561710 I
1
from The Ladies Defence
2
To the Ladies
3
The Resohe
4
from The Spleen A Pindaric Poem
6
A Sigh
8
A Pastoral Dialogue between Two Shepherdesses
9
ALISON COCKBURN nee RUTHERFORD 171394
262
The Flowers of the Forest
263
JANE ELLIOT 17271805
264
The Flowers of the Forest
265
Song
266
CHRISTIAN CARSTAIRS fl 176386
267
On Loch Leven
268
Nightingale
269

Adam Posed 9 A Tale of the Miser and the Poet
12
from The Petition for an Absolute Retreat
15
The Hog the Sheep and Goat Carrying to a Fair
18
Enquiry after Peace A Fragment
19
To the Nightingale
20
Reformation
21
Friendship between Ephelia andArdelia
22
A Ballad to Mrs Catherine Fleming in London
23
i Song on the South Sea
26
The Repulse to Alcander
27
To Philaster
29
To Marina
30
The Emulation
31
ELIZABETH THOMAS 16751731
32
Epistle to Clemena Occasioned by an Argument
34
The Execration
36
The True Effigies of a Certain Squire
37
A New Litany Occasioned by an Invitation to a Wedding
39
On Sir 5 saying in a Sarcastic Manner My Books would make me Mad An Ode
40
from Jill A Pindaric Ode
42
To Almystrea on her Divine Works
43
The Forsaken Wife
44
ELIZABETH ROWE nee SINGER 16741737
45
A Hymn
47
Upon the Death of her Husband
49
A Hymn
51
OCTAVIA WALSH 16771706
52
At length my soul the fatal union finds
53
LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU nee PIERREPONT
54
38 The Resolve
56
Verses Written in the Chiosk of the British Palace at Pera Overlooking the City of Constantinople
59
Epitaph
61
A Ballad
62
Epistle to Lord Bathurst
63
An Answer to a LaveLetter in Verse
65
A Receipt to Cure the Vapours
66
from Versa Addressed to the Imitator of the First Satire of the Second Book of Horace
67
Addressed to
68
Hymn to the Moon
69
MARY MONCK nee MOLESWORTH 16781715
70
Masque of the Virtues against Love From Guarini
71
Verses written on her Deathbed
72
To Mr Wren my Valentine Six Year Old
73
SUSANNA CENTLIVRE nee FREEMAN l669?I723
74
from An Epistle to the King of Sweden
75
From the Country To Mr Rowe in Town
77
JANE BRERETON nee HUGHES 16851740
78
from Epistle to Mrs Anne Griffiths Written from London
80
from To Mr Thomas Griffith at the University of Glasgow
81
MARTHA SANSOM nee FOWKE 16901736
84
from Clios Picture To Anthony Hammond Esq
86
To Cleans Eyes
87
To Lady E H
88
The Invitation from a Country Cottage
90
CONSTANTIA GRIERSON nee CRAWLEY c 170532
91
To Miss Laetitia Van Lewen
92
JUDITH MADAN nee COWPER 170281
93
On her own Birthday August 26 1723
94
An Ode Composed in Sleep
95
ELIZABETH TOLLET 16941754
96
On a Deaths Head
98
From yirgil
99
Winter Song
100
The Rose
101
MARY DAVYS 16741732
102
from The Modern Poet
103
ARABELLA MORETON after i69Obefore 1741
105
The Story of Inkle and Yarico
106
To the Countess ofPomfret
109
MEHETABEL WRIGHT nee WESLEY 16971750
110
Address to her Husband
111
Wedlock A Satire
114
To an Infant Expiring the Second Day of its Birth
115
ANONYMOUS A LADY
116
MARY BARBER r 16901757
118
Written for My Son at His First Putting on Breeches
120
An Unanswerable Apology for the Rich
121
The Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev Mr C
122
Stella and Flavia
124
To Mrs FrancesArabella Kelly
125
On seeing an Officers Widow distracted
126
from To a Lady
127
MISS W
129
The Gentlemans Study In Answer to The Ladys DressingRoom
130
ELIZABETH BOYD fl I72745
134
On the Death of an Infant of five Days old
135
ANONYMOUS 58
136
Memory a Poem
138
Sorrow
140
JEAN ADAMS 17IO65
141
A Dream or the Type of the Rising Sun
142
On the Phoenix
143
To the Muse
145
On being charged with Writing Incorrectly
146
A Letter to my Love All alone past 12 in the Dumps
147
To my Love
148
ANNE INGRAM VISCOUNTESS IRWIN nee HOWARD later douglas c i6961764
149
horn An Epistle to Mr Pope
150
MArY CHANdLER 16871745
151
My Own Epitaph
152
A True Tale
153
MARY JONES 170778
155
An Epistle to Lady Bowyer
156
The Lass of the Hill
160
Stellas Epitaph
161
Epistle from Fern Hill
163
ELIZABETH CARTER 17171806
165
11o On the Death of Mrs Rotvc
167
in A Dialogue
168
Ode to Wisdom
169
MARY COLLIER 1690? 1762
171
from The Womans Labour An Epistle to Mr Stephen Duck
172
SARAH DIXON ft 16721765
174
To Strephon
175
The Returned Heart
177
Lines Occasioned by the Burning of Some Letters
178
ELIZABETH FRANCES AMHERST later THOMAS
179
c 171679 179 120 A Prize Riddle on Herself when 24
180
The Welford Wedding
181
From a Young Woman to an Old Officer who Courted her
183
Verses designed to be Sent to Mr Adams
184
ANNABELLA BLOUNT nee GUISE ft 170041
185
A Cure for Poetry
186
CHARLOTTE BRERETON b 1720
188
FRANCES GREVILLE nee MACARTNEY c 172489
190
Miss Fanny Macartney to Miss Peggy Banks
191
A Prayer for Indifference
192
MARY LEAPOR 172246
194
The Headache ToAurelia
195
Strephon to Celia A Moder n LoveLetter
197
Soto A Character
198
Proserpines Ragout
199
Mira to Octavia
200
Man the Monarch
202
hom An Epistle to Artemisia
204
Advice to Sophronia
206
An Essay on Woman
207
The Epistle of Deborah Dough
209
hom Crumble Hall
210
Upon her Play being returned to her
211
The Visit
212
from Miras Picture A Pastoral
213
Miras Will
214
An Epistle to a Lady
215
ELIZABETH TEFT b 1723
217
On Viewing Herself in a Glass
218
On SnuffTaking
219
A Song
222
HENRIETTA KNIGHT nee ST JOHN LADY LUXBOROUGH 16991756
223
Written in a tempestuous Night 1748
224
The Bullfinch in Town
225
A Mirror for Detractors Addressed to a Friend
226
Advice to a Young Lady lately married
230
from A Letter to a Lady in London
233
CATHERINE JEMMAT nee YEO 171466
234
The Rural Lass
235
hester mulso later chapone 17271801
237
To Stella
238
ANNA WILLIAMS 170683
240
Verses to Mr Richardson on Sir Charles Grandison
241
The Nunnery
242
ANONYMOUS OPHELIA
244
CLARA REEVE 17291807
247
from To my Friend Mrs
248
A Character
249
ANONYMOUS A LADY
251
MARY LATTER l722?77
253
from Soliloquies on Temporal Indigence
255
MARY WHATELEY later DARWALL 17381825
256
Ode to Truth
258
The Vanity of External Accomplishments
260
On the Authors Husband Desiring her to Write Some Venes
261
177 On Viewing her Sleeping Infant
270
The World Not Our Rest
271
PRISCILLA POINTON later PICKERING c 17401801
272
from To the Critics
273
Address to a Bachelor on a Delicate Occasion
274
hom Letter to a Sister
275
LADY ANNE LINDSAY later BARNARD 17501825
276
Auld Robin Gray
277
SUSANNA BLAMIRE 174794
278
Epistle to her Friends at Gartmore
279
from Stoklewath or The Cumbrian Village
283
Written on a Gloomy Day in Sickness
287
Ive Gotten a Rock Ive Gotten a Reel
288
When Home We Return
289
The Siller Croun
290
Auld Robin Forbes
292
O Jenny Dear
293
ANNE PENNY nee HUGHES formerly CHRISTIAN
294
192 Odes Sung in Commemoration of the Marine Society
295
ANONYMOUS A LADY
296
The Visit
297
ANNA LAETITIA BARBAULD nee AIKIN 17431825
299
from Corsica
301
The Mouses Petition to Doctor Priestley
302
Tomorrow
304
The Rights of Woman
305
To the Poor
306
To a Little Invisible Being
307
WashingDay
308
To Mr S T Coleridge
310
ANNA SEWARD 17421809
311
Sonnet To Honora Sneyd
313
Verses Inviting Stella to Tea on the Public FastDay
314
Sonnet December Morning
315
Sonnet To Colebrook Dale
316
Sonnet To the Poppy
318
An Old Cats Dying Soliloquy
319
MARY SCOTT later TAYLOR 1752?93
320
from The Female Advocate
321
ANONYMOUS A FEMALE HAND
322
HANNAH MORE 17451833
323
from Epilogue to The Search after Happiness
325
Inscription in a Beautiful Retreat called Fairy Bower 3 26
326
A Poetical Epistle
328
Or Conversation
329
from Slavery A Poem
330
Patient Joe or The Newcastle Collier
331
hom The GinShop or A Peep into Prison
334
ANONYMOUS
336
ANONYMOUS A LADY
338
On meeting Esq in St Jamess Park
339
LADY SOPHIA BURRELL nee RAYMOND later CLAY 175o?i8o2
340
The Picture of a Fine Gentleman
343
The School for Satire
344
MARY SAVAGE fl 176377
345
Letter to Miss E B at Bath
346
from Letter to Miss E B on Marriage
348
To a SchoolBoy at Eton Yes and No
349
The Disaster
351
ANNE WILSON fl 1778
354
FRANCES BURNEY later DARBLAY 17521840
355
To Charles Burney
356
ANN MURRY c i755after 1816
357
ANN THOMAS fl 178495
361
ANNE HUNTER nee HOME 17421821
363
North American Death Song
364
CHARLOTTE SMITH nee TURNER 17491806
365
Sonnet Written at the Close of Spring
367
ThirtyEight
368
A Poem
370
Fragment Descriptive of the Miseries of War
371
Sonnet On being Cautioned against Walking on an Headland
372
JANE CAVE later WINSCOM c 17541813
373
A Poem for Children
374
Written on an Angry Petulant KitchenMaid
375
An Elegy on a Maiden Name
376
Written theFirstMorningoftheAuthors Bathing at Teignmouth
377
from The HeadAche Or An Ode to Health
378
JANE WEST nee ILIFFE 17581852
379
from To a Friend on her Marriage
380
To the Hon Mrs Cockayne
382
HANNAH COWLEY nee PARKHOUSE 17431809
385
An Elegiac Ballad
386
Departed Youth
387
Blank Verse Written on the Sea Shore
388
HESTER LYNCH P1ozzi nee SALUSBURY formerly THRALE 17411821
389
An Ode to Society
390
ANN YEARSLEY nee CROMARTIE 17521806
392
On Mrs Montagu
395
from Remonstrance in the Platonic Shade
397
from ToMira On the Care of her Infant
398
Familiar Poem from Nisa to Fubia of the Vale
399
ELIZABETH MOODY nee GREENLY 17371814
401
Dr Johnsons Ghost
402
To a Gentleman Who Invited Me to GoAFishing
404
The Housewifes Prayer To Economy
405
Sappho Burns her Books and Cultivates the Culinary Arts
406
HANNAH WALLIS ? 1787
407
To Mrs on the Death of her Husband
408
The Females Lamentations or The Village in Mourning
409
To a Sick Friend
412
HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS l76l?l827
413
Sonnet on the Mountain Daisy by Mr Burns
414
Elegy on a Young Thrush
415
To Dr Moore in Answer to a Poetical Epistle
416
On the Death of the Rev Dr Kippis
418
HELEN LEIGH fl 1788
420
ELIZABETH HANDS fl 1789
422
On an Unsociable Family
424
A Poem On the Supposition of an Advertisement of a Volume of Poems by a ServantMaid
425
A Poem on the Supposition of the Book having been Published and Read
427
JOANNA BAILLIE 17621851
429
from A Winter Day
430
from A Summer Day
432
The Ghost of Edward
435
A Reverie
438
from An Address to the Muses
440
A Mother to her Waking Infant
442
A Child to his Sick Grandfather
443
The Horse and his Rider
444
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL later HAY fl 17901806
445
A Young Lasss Soliloquy
446
ANN FRANCIS nee GITTINS 17381800
447
ANN RADCLIFFE nee WARD 17641823
448
Song of a Spirit
449
MARIA b 1771? and HARRIET b 1774? FALCONAR
451
A Prefatory Epistle to the Reviewers
452
JANET LITTLE later RICHMOND 17591813
453
Given to a Lady Who Asked me to Write a Poem
454
ELLEN TAYLOR fl 1792
455
Written by the Barrow side where she was sent to wash Linen
456
HENRIETTA ONEILL nee BOYLE 175893
457
Ode to the Poppy
458
Written on Seeing her Two Sons at Play
459
MARY LOCKE later MISTER fl 17861816
460
Sonnet
461
Instructions for the Mob in England
462
The ChimneySweepers Complaint
463
Written in Ireland
464
Moder n Manners
465
A Receipt for Writing a Novel
466
MARY ROBINSON nee DARBY 17581800
468
Stanzas Written between Dover and Calais
471
Londons Summer Morning
472
January 7795
474
Stanzas
475
The BirthDay
476
The Haunted Beach
478
MARIA LOGAN ft 1793
480
ISABELLA KELLY nee FORDYCE later HEDGELAND
481
i759?i857
482
ANNE BATTEN CRISTALL 17691848
484
Morning Rosamonde
485
Evening Gertrude
486
A Fragment The Blind Man
490
Song
491
ANNABELLA PLUMPTRE 17611838
492
from Ode to Moderation
493
ANONYMOUS ELIZA
495
from A Tour to the Glaciers of Savoy
496
MATILDA BETHAM 17761852
499
In a Letter to A R C
500
Written on WhitsunMonday 7795
501
The Power of Women
502
ANNA SAWYER ft 17941801
503
Sunday Schools
505
ANONYMOUS A LADY
506
ANONYMOUS 1A LADY
507
Additional Notes
539
Index of Authors
554
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Roger Lonsdale is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. His publications include Dr Charles Burney: A Literary Biography (1965), The Poems of Gray, Collins and Goldsmith (1969), and The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse (1984).

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