Romantic Women Poets:

An Anthology

edited by Duncan Wu

Blackwell: Oxford, 1998



Editorial Principles

Schedule of Manuscripts



Anna Seward (1742-1809)

Sonnet written from an Eastern Apartment in the Bishop's Palace at Lichfield, which commands a view of Stowe Valley. April 1771 (edited from MS)

From Llangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796)

To Time Past. Written Dec. 1772

From Gentleman's Magazine 56 (1786) 791

Advice to Mrs Smith. A Sonnet

From Llangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796)

Eyam (composed August 1788)

From Gentleman's Magazine 59 (1789) 743

Sonnet to France on her present Exertions

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (née Aikin) (1743-1825)

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem (composed by 1 December 1811; published February 1812)

Hannah More (1745-1833)

From Sacred Dramas: chiefly intended for young persons: the subjects taken from the Bible. To which is added, Sensibility, A Poem (1782)

Sensibility: A Poetical Epistle to the Hon. Mrs Boscawen

From Florio: A Tale, and The Bas Bleu; or, Conversation (1786)

The Bas-Bleu; or, Conversation. Addressed to Mrs Vesey

Slavery: A Poem (1788)

Cheap Repository: The Story of Sinful Sally. Told by Herself. (1796)

Susanna Blamire (1747-94)

A North Country Village (extract; edited from manuscript)

From Robert Anderson, Ballads in the Cumberland Dialect (Wigton, 1808)

Joe and Ned

Charlotte Smith (née Turner) (1749-1806)

Elegiac Sonnets: the third edition. With twenty additional sonnets. (1786)

To William Hayley, Esq.

Preface to the First Editions

Preface to the Third Edition

Sonnet I

Sonnet II. Written at the Close of Spring.

Sonnet III. To a Nightingale.

Sonnet IV. To the Moon.

Sonnet V. To the South Downs.

Sonnet VI. To Hope.

Sonnet VII. On the Departure of the Nightingale.

Sonnet VIII. To Spring.

Sonnet IX

Sonnet X. To Mrs G.

Sonnet XI. To Sleep.

Sonnet XII. Written on the Seashore. October 1784.

Sonnet XIII. From Petrarch.

Sonnet XIV. From Petrarch.

Sonnet XV. From Petrarch.

Sonnet XVI. From Petrarch.

Sonnet XVII. From the Thirteenth Cantata of Metastasio.

Sonnet XVIII. To the Earl of Egremont.

Sonnet XIX. To Mr Hayley. On Receiving some Elegant Lines from Him.

Sonnet XX. To the Countess of A--------. Written on the Anniversary of her Marriage.

Sonnet XXI. Supposed to be Written by Werther.

Sonnet XXII. By the Same. To Solitude.

Sonnet XXIII. By the Same. To the North Star.

Sonnet XXIV. By the Same.

Sonnet XXV. By the Same. Just before his Death.

Sonnet XXVI. To the River Arun.

Sonnet XXVII

Sonnet XXVIII. To Friendship.

Sonnet XXIX. To Miss C---------. On being Desired to Attempt Writing a Comedy.

Sonnet XXX. To the River Arun.

Sonnet XXXI. Written on Farm Wood, South Downs, in May 1784.

Sonnet XXXII. To Melancholy. Written on the Banks of the Arun, October 1785.

Sonnet XXXIII. To the Naiad of the Arun.

Sonnet XXXIV. To a Friend.

Sonnet XXXV. To Fortitude.

Sonnet XXXVI

The Emigrants, A Poem, in Two Books (1793)

To William Cowper, Esq.

Book I

Book II

From Beachy Head: with Other Poems (1807)

Beachy Head

Mary Scott (1751-93)

From The Female Advocate; A Poem. Occasioned by Reading Mr Duncombe's Feminiad (1774)

To a Lady (extract)

[On Elizabeth Montagu]

[On Anna Laetitia Aikin]

Phillis Wheatley (Mrs John Peters) (c. 1753-84)

From Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773)


On Being Brought from Africa to America

On Imagination

Anne Grant (née Macvicar) (1755-1838)

From The Highlanders, and Other Poems (1810)

[The Highland Poor; from Part II]

The Aged Bard's Wish (Translation of a Gaelic Poem Composed in the Isle of Skye)

From Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland (1811)

Metrical Translation of the Song of Macgregor na Ruara

Ann Yearsley (née Cromartie) (1756-1806)

From Poems, on Several Occasions (1785)

On Mrs Montagu

From Poems on various subjects (1787)

Addressed to Sensibility

A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade (1788)

Reflections on the Death of Louis XVI (1793)

From The Rural Lyre (1796)

Extempore on Hearing a Gentleman play a hymn on his Flute, Thursday 31 July, Eleven at Night, 1795, near the Author's Window at Bristol Wells.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806)

The Passage of the Mountain of St Gothard, A Poem (1802)

Mary Robinson (née Darby) (1758-1800)

From The Wild Wreath ed. Mary Elizabeth Robinson (1804)

A London Summer Morning (composed 1794)

Sappho and Phaon. In a Series of Legitimate Sonnets, with Thoughts on Poetical Subjects, and Anecdotes of the Grecian Poetess. (1796)


To the Reader

I. Sonnet introductory

II. The Temple of Chastity

III. The Bower of Pleasure

IV. Sappho discovers her passion

V. Contemns its power

VI. Describes the characteristics of love

VII. Invokes reason

VIII. Her passion increases

IX. Laments the volatility of Phaon

X. Describes Phaon

XI. Rejects the influence of reason

XII. Previous to her interview with Phaon

XIII. She endeavours to fascinate him

XIV. To the Aeolian harp

XV. Phaon awakes

XVI. Sappho rejects hope

XVII. The tyranny of love

XVIII. To Phaon

XIX. Suspects his constancy

XX. To Phaon

XXI. Laments her early misfortunes

XXII. Phaon forsakes her

XXIII. Sappho's conjectures

XXIV. Her address to the moon

XXV. To Phaon

XXVI. Contemns philosophy

XXVII. Sappho's address to the stars

XXVIII. Describes the fascinations of love

XXIX. Determines to follow Phaon

XXX. Bids farewell to Lesbos

XXXI. Describes her bark

XXXII. Dreams of a rival

XXXIII. Reaches Sicily

XXXIV. Sappho's prayer to Venus

XXXV. Reproaches Phaon

XXXVI. Her confirmed despair

XXXVII. Foresees her death

XXXVIII. To a sigh

XXXIX. To the Muses

XL. Visions appear to her in a dream

XLI. Resolves to take the leap of Leucata

XLII. Her last appeal to Phaon

XLIII. Her reflections on the Leucadian rock before she perishes

XLIV. Sonnet conclusive

From Walsingham; or, the Pupil of Nature (1797)

Lines addressed by a young lady of fashion to a small green fly, which had pitched on the left ear of Lady Amaranth's little white barbet, Fidelio, on a summer evening, after a shower, near sunset

A thousand torments wait on love

From The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs Robinson (1806)

The Progress of Liberty, conclusion to Book I (composed 1798)

From Lyrical Tales (1800)

The Haunted Beach

The Negro Girl

From The Wild Wreath ed. Mary Elizabeth Robinson (1804)

The Poet's Garret (composed 1800)

From The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs Robinson (1806)

Ode Inscribed to the Infant Son of S. T. Coleridge, Esq. Born 14 September 1800 at Keswick in Cumberland.

The Savage of Aveyron (composed October 1800)

Joanna Baillie (1762-1851)

From Fugitive Verses (1840)

A Scotch Song

Song ('Poverty parts good company', for an old Scotch air)


From The Dramatic and Poetical Works of Joanna Baillie (1851)

Tam o' the Lin

Helen Maria Williams (1762-1827)

From Poems (1786)

Part of an Irregular Fragment, found in a Dark Passage of the Tower

A Poem on the Bill lately passed for Regulating the Slave-Trade (1788)

From Julia, A Novel (1790)

The Bastille, A Vision

A Farewell, for Two Years, to England. A Poem. (1791)

From Paul and Virginia (1796)

Sonnet to the Strawberry

Ann Radcliffe (née Ward) (1764-1823)

From The Romance of the Forest (1791)

Song of a Spirit

From The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)

The Butterfly to his Love

To the Winds

From Gaston de Blondeville . . . with Some Poetical Pieces (1826)

A Sea-View

Scene on the Northern Shore of Sicily

The Snow-Fiend

Ann Batten Cristall (born c.1769)

Poetical Sketches, in Irregular Verse (1795)


Before Twilight. Eyzion.

Morning. Rosamonde.

Noon. Lysander.

Evening. Gertrude.


Song ('Wandering in the still of eve')


Song on Leaving the Country early in the Spring

Verses Written in the Spring

Written in Devonshire, near the Dart

Song (tune: The Heavy Hours)

Elegy on a Young Lady

The Triumph of Superstition. Raphael and Ianthe.

Song ('Tossed midst life's terrific storms')

A Fragment: The Blind Man

Thelmon and Carmel: An Irregular Poem

Part the First

Part the Second

Part the Third

Part the Fourth

Part the Fifth

Part the Sixth

Part the Seventh

Song ('Come, let us dance and sing')

Song ('The eve descends with radiant streaks')

To a Lady on the Rise of Morn

Song ('Through springtime walks with flowers perfumed')

Song ('Both gloomy and dark was the shadowy night')


Written when the Mind was Oppressed

The Enthusiast. Arla.

A Song of Arla, Written during her Enthusiasm

An Ode

Ode on Truth: Addressed to George Dyer

Amelia Opie (née Alderson) (1769-1853)

From The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems (1808)

Ode to Borrowdale in Cumberland (written in 1794)

Lines written in 1799

From Poems (1802)

The Negro Boy's Tale

Charlotte Byrne (née King) (?1771/2-1825)

From Hours of Solitude (1805)

The Unfaithful Lover

The Poor Negro Sadi

The Female Philosopher

We Can Love But Once

From The Morning Post No. 11,563 (10 September 1805)

Wine, I say! I'll Drink to Madness!

Mary Tighe (née Blachford) (1772-1810)

Psyche; or, the Legend of Love (1805)


Sonnet Addressed to my Mother


Canto I

Canto II

Canto III

Canto IV

Canto V

Canto VI

From Psyche, with Other Poems (3rd edition, 1811)

On Receiving a branch of Mezereon which flowered at Woodstock, December 1809

Isabella Lickbarrow

From Poetical Effusions (1814)

On Sensibility: A Fragment

On Esthwaite Water

From The Westmorland Advertiser; or Kendal Chronicle, Vol.4, No.161

On the Slave-Trade

From The Westmorland Advertiser; or Kendal Chronicle, Vol.5, No.206


Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan (1783-1859)

From The Lay of an Irish Harp; or Metrical Fragments (1807)

Fragment X. The Boudoir

Fragment XIX. L'Amant Mutin

Fragment XXXV. The Irish Jig

Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828)

By those eyes where sweet expression (edited from MS; composed c. 1816)

From Graham Hamilton (1822)

If thou couldst know what 'tis to weep

From Ada Reis (1823)

Sing not for others, but for me

Weep for what thou hast lost, love


From Fugitive Pieces and Reminiscences of Lord Byron with Some Original Poetry, Letters and Recollections of Lady Caroline Lamb ed. Isaac Nathan (1829)

Let the harp be mute for ever

William Lamb's Return from Paris, Asking me my Wish

Felicia Dorothea Hemans (née Browne) (1795-1835)

From Poems (1808)

Written on the Sea-Shore

From The Domestic Affections, and Other Poems (1812)

The Statue of the Dying Gladiator

To my Eldest Brother, with the British Army in Portugal

From Tales, and Historic Scenes, In Verse (1819)

The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra

Stanzas to the Memory of the Late King (1820)

From Welsh Melodies (1822)

The Rock of Cader Idris

From The Siege of Valencia; a Dramatic Poem. The Last Constantine: With Other Poems (1823)

The Meeting of the Bards. Written for an Eisteddfod, or Meeting of Welsh Bards, held

in London, 22 May 1822

The Voice of Spring

From The Forest Sanctuary; and Other Poems (1825)

The Stranger in Louisiana

Ancient Greek Song of Exile

From Records of Woman: With Other Poems (1828)

Arabella Stuart

The Bride of the Greek Isle

The Switzer's Wife

Properzia Rossi

Gertrude, or Fidelity till Death


Edith, a Tale of the Woods

The Indian City

The Peasant Girl of the Rhone

Indian Woman's Death Song

Joan of Arc, in Rheims



The American Forest Girl


Madeline, a Domestic Tale

The Queen of Prussia's Tomb

The Memorial Pillar

The Grave of a Poetess

Miscellaneous Poems

The Homes of England

To Wordsworth

The Spirit's Mysteries

The Illuminated City

The Graves of a Household

From The Forest Sanctuary: With Other Poems (second edition, 1829)


From Songs of the Affections, with Other Poems (1830)

To a Departed Spirit

The Chamois Hunter's Love

The Return

Woman on the Field of Battle

The Beings of the Mind

Second Sight

From Scenes and Hymns of Life, with other Religious Poems (1834)

Thought from an Italian Poet

From The Works of Mrs Hemans (1839)

Despondency and Aspiration

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-38)

From The Improvisatrice; and Other Poems. By L.E.L.

The Improvisatrice (extracts)


[Sappho's Song]


From The Golden Violet, with its Tales of Romance and Chivalry: and Other Poems (1827)

Love's Last Lesson

From Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap-Book, 1838 (1838)

Felicia Hemans

From The Works of L. E. Landon (Philadelphia, 1838)

Airey Force

Scenes in London: Piccadilly

The Princess Victoria

Scale Force, Cumberland

From Laman Blanchard, Life and Literary Remains of L.E.L. (1841)

The Poet's Lot

Death in the Flower

Experience Too Late

The Farewell

Index of authors

Index to notes and headnotes

Index of titles and first lines

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