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Author

Dacre, Charlotte, b.1782.

Title

Hours of solitude. A collection of original poems, now first published.

Imprint

London: printed by D.N. Shury, for Hughes and Ridgeway, 1805.

Physical description

Two volumes bound in one. 8vo. [6],136p; [2],140p. Frontis. in vol. one. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked preserving part of old spine. Inscribed on the dedication "Signed Charlotte Dacre, Author of the 'Confessions of the Nun of St. Omer.' "

Call number

WPRP 24

Citation

Jackson, Annals of English Verse, p. 287; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 95.

Note

Charlotte Dacre, who also wrote under the pseudonym "Rosa Matilda" was a sensational novelist and poet ; one of her Gothic romances, Zofloya, influenced Shelly's Zastrozzi, 1811. Hours of Solitude includes new poems, together with some published in 1798.

Citation:

Jackson, Annals of English Verse, p. 287; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 95.

Notes

Two vols. bound in one.Includes

Dedication and "To the Public."

Epigraph

Ah! what is mirth but turbulence unholy,
When to the charm compar’d of heav’nly melancholy?
 

MILTON

Online copies

Digital copy and transcription at UC Davis:

Volume I

Volume II

Contents

No Contents page. Includes:

Vol. I.

 

THE TRIUMPH OF PLEASURE. (Written at Sixteen.)

1

THE EXILE. Composed on the sea-shore, and founded on the fate of an unfortunate Female born to better hopes. (Written at Sixteen.)

11

ELOQUENCE. Addressed to a gentleman who eloquently maintained that Love, if analyzed, was Folly. (Written at Fifteen.)

17

PASSION UNINSPIRED BY SENTIMENT. Addressed to him who denied their existing together.

19

To JOHN PENN, Esq.

21

THE KISS.

22

THE VANITY OF HOPE.

24

TO HIM WHO SAYS HE LOVES.

26

THE ANSWER, By George Skeene, Esq. as it appeared in the Morning Herald.

29

LOVE AND MADNESS.

30

THE FOLLY OF LIFE.

33

THE UNFAITHFUL LOVER. (Impromptu.)

36

THE MOTHER TO HER DYING INFANT.

39

THE MUSING MANIC. (Written at eighteen.)

42

THE EMIGRANT.

43

THE MOUNTAIN VIOLET. (Written at seventeen.)

48

THE LOVER’S VISION.

51

EXPERIENCE. (Written at eighteen.)

54

THE VISIONS OF FANCY. (Written at sixteen).

56

THE MURDERER.

60

THE ORPHAN’S CURSE.

65

THE SKELETON PRIEST; OR, THE MARRIAGE OF DEATH.

67

JULIA’S MURDER; OR, THE SONG OF WOE.

76

THE AIREAL CHORUS; OR, THE WARNING.

79

DEATH AND THE LADY. In imitation of the old English ballads.

82

THE ELFIN KING; OR, THE SCOFFER PUNISHED.

92

SIMILE.

98

FRACAS BETWEEN THE DEITIES. Addressed to Mr. F--------, an enthusiastic votary at the shrine of Bacchus. (Written at sixteen.)

99

LOGANS’ GRAVE.

104

RUIN’D INNOCENCE, Written at seventeen, Upon the same occasion as "THE EXILE."

105

MOORISH COMBAT.

108

THE MANIAC.

113

THE POOR NEGRO SADI.

117

THE DYING LOVER. Written for a friend, whose lover, an amiable young man, died the martyr of a swift decline.

123

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF LOVE.

126

TO THE SHADE OF MARY ROBINSON.

130

THE FEMALE PHILOSOPHER.

134

Vol. II.

 

THE MOTHER To her Sleeping Infant.

1

ALAS! FORGIVE ME.

4

THE REPLY.

7

TO --------- My Reason for being one Week absent from her.

9

TO HER I LOVE.

11

SONG. The Metamorphosis.

14

IN ANSWER.

16

THE CONFESSION.

18

LE VRAI SEUL EST AIMABLE. .

.20

¿ L’OREILLER DE MA MAITRESSE.

22

THE DOUBT.

25

HOW CANST THOU DOUBT?

27

THE MISTRESS To the Spirit of her Lover, Which, in the phrenzy occasioned by his loss, she imagined to pursue continually his footsteps. Attempted after the manner of Ossian.

31

THE MISTRESS To the Spirit of the Lover. Versified.

34

FOG.

37

WILL-O’-WISP.

39

MILDEW.

41

WIND.

43

FROST.

45

THAW.

47

THE GIANT’S BURIAL GROUND.

49

ADDRESSED TO THE AUTHOR. In the Morning Herald, By an unknown Hand. In Answer to her lines entitled "The Philosopher."

51

WEYMOUTH. On being prevented by severe illness from going thither.

53

IL TRIONFO DEL AMOR.

55

QUEEN MAB AND HER FAYS, Transforming themselves into Flies.

56

THE EVIL BEING.

59

GRIMALKIN’S GHOST; OR, THE WATER SPIRITS. In humble imitation of the soaring flights of some legendary and exquisitely pathetic modern Bards.

60

THE HUNTER OF THE ALPS.

63

SONG OF MELANCHOLY.

65

L’ABSENCE.

68

THE APPARITION.

70

TU ES BEAU COMME LE DESERT, AVEC TOUTES SES FLEURS ET TOUTES SES BRISES.

71

LASSO A ME!

73

THE WARRIOR.

75

WE CAN LOVE BUT ONCE.

81

SPECIMEN OF THE FORMER TRANSLATION OF THE LASS OF FAIR WONE.

84

THE LASS OF FAIR WONE. From the German of B¸rger.

86

APPENDIX.

 

SONNET.

101

MEDITATION.

102

INVOCATION TO SLEEP. .

104

TO LAURA.

105

MADNESS.

107

MORNING.

109

EVENING. A Descriptive Piece.

111

INDIFFERENCE.

114

WAR.

116

PEACE.

118

TO LOVE.

120

TO LINDORF. .

122

TO SYMPATHY.

124

TO OBLIVION.

126

TO PRUDENCE.

128

THE POWER OF LOVE.

130

EDMUND AND ANNA. A Legendary Tale.

133