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Individual Item Contents: WPRP 62

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Author

Pointon, Priscilla (1754-1801).

Title

Poems on several occasions.

Imprint

Birmingham : for the author, by T. Warren, 1770.

Physical description

x,[2],81*-82*,108p. Introduction. Lacks subscribers list, obviously excluded when originally bound. Half green morocco, boards.

Call number

WPRP 62.

Citation

Jackson, p. 259, no. 1.

Bio

Priscilla, of Lichfield, was blind.

Notes

Includes Preface and Introduction.

Epigraph

Thus with the Year
Seasons return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet Approach of Eve or Morn,
Or Sight of vernal Bloom, or Summer’s Rose,
Or Flocks, or Herds, or human Face divine;
But Clouds instead, and ever-during dark
Surrounds me, from the chearful Ways of man
Cut off, and for the Book of Knowledge fair
Presented with a universal Blank
Of Nature’s Works, to me expung’d and ras’d,
And wisdom at one Entrance quite shut out.
So much rather thou Celestial Light
Shine inward, and the Mind thro’ all her Powers
Irradiate, there plant Eyes, all Mist from thence
Purge and disperse. -----
 
MILTON, 3d Book of Paradise Lost.

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Contents

No Contents page. Includes:

To the Unfortunate Miss Poynton, of Lichfield

1

Reply to Mr. Jones of Kidderminster

4

Enigma, Extempore

5

Answer to the foregoing Enigma

7

The following Lines Extempore, in Return to the Gentleman who answered her Enigma

8

The following lines addressed to the Author, by Mr. J.W. Manager of aCompany of Comedians then in Chester, on perusing some of her Works

8

A Reply, extempore, to the above

10

The following Consolatory Ode was the first Poetical Composition of the Author’s

11

The Following Letter by the Author, to her Brother E.P. at Lichfield, After her Arrival at Chester

13

The Maid’s Resolution: A Song. To a satyrical old Bachelor, who rally’d the Author upon her single State

16

An Ode on his Majesty’s Birthday

17

A Song.

18

A Pastoral Piece

20

To a Young Tradesman, Who complained that he had secretly languished for a Lady of Distinction in the neighbourhood for a long time, without the least hope of a favourable return; and on the next day the Author addressed him with the following Epistle

23

A Valentine

24

The Author, one evening, in company with some gentlemen, repeated a Poem of her own composition; when one of them was so cruel to tell her, her boasted Muse was borrowed, without being able to give the least account from whom or where: she being something chagrin’d at his unjust censure, in less than an hour sent him the following lines

26

An Elegy, Extempore, by the Author, on the Countess of Coventry, at the Request of a Lady

28

A young Comedian, who play’d the character of Sir Harry Sycamore, in the Maid of the Mill, nitrated the Author to attend on that Opera, and oblige him with her opinion on the performance; which she did, and the ensuing morning sent him the following lines extempore

29

Address to a Bachelor, on a delicate Occasion. Inserted by Desire

31

To Master Jemmy -----, in his 32nd Year. An Extempore Epistle

32

An Invitation, to Mr. J.P. Written Extempore

33

A Valentine, Extempore, On drawing a young Gentleman three times successively

34

The following Lines by the Author, To her Cousin Miss M.B. of Chester, On entering her Teens. Written Extempore

36

The following Lines on Retirement, which occurred to the Author during a short Visit in the Country

37

The following to a young Gentleman, who, after a long correspondence with the Author, in poetic strain, voluntarily offer’d (when she publish’d) to return all those lines she had so obligingly favour’d him with; and coming to see her a few months after she had began her subscription, earnestly requested him to perform his promise, to which he then shewed some reluctance; but after a short pause, he sneeringly reply’d, That in a few days she might depend on him sending back all her empty Verse; as he was then pleased to phrase it: but not being just to his word, she addressed him in the following manner.

39

A Lady, with whom the Author had resided some time, requested, on her departure, that she would, as soon as convenient, send her a line, to acquaint her with the situation of her health, and in particular her spirits, which she did in the following manner.

42

The following Lines by the Author, at the request of a young Lady, to present a Friend of her’s, on his return from Town to a rural Retirement

43

The following Advice to a gay Bachelor, upon the Marriage State

45

An Ode, Extempore, on Gratitude

47

Extempore Advice, by the Author, to her Brother, when newly appointed Surgeon to a Man of War

48

Spoken extempore to a Gentleman, who requested a complimentary Ode on the perfections of a Lady

49

Addressed to Mr. Weatley, Manager of a Company of Comedians, On their first night’s performance in the City of Chester. Extempore

49

An Ode on Gratitude, to The Ladies and Gentlemen of the City of Chester, for their inexpressible Generosity in the Encouragement of her Publication

50

An Extempore Address, to the Honourable Members of the City of Chester

52

Spoken Extempore by the Author, walking on Chester Walls with a young Lady, who had just complain’d to her of her disappointment in meeting with no Beaux.

53

The following Epistle to a Friend, By the Author, After her leaving Chester

54

The following Lines made extempore, on Leaving Biana, in Staffordshire, where the Author spent several agreeable months

56

An Elegy, Extempore, on Mr. William Barker, Late of the City of Chester, Who was, in January, 1767, unfortunately cast away, in crossing the River Weaver, a day or two before he was to have been married to an amiable young Lady, and, If I may be allowed to use the Poet’s phrase, one who was dearer to his soul than rest.---Mr. Barker’s good sense, join’d with a humane, sincere, and virtuous disposition, gain’d him the respect of all who were acquainted with his merit; and sure none he ever quitted existence more justly lamented

58

An Elegy, on the Death of Miss Ann Gaman*, of Hints, near Chester. *This is the young Lady, who, as before hinted, was on the point of marriage to the unfortunate Mr. Barker

60

A Song, Extempore, in Answer to Ranger’s Time enough yet

62

An Enigma, Written Extempore

64

The following Lines on Solitude. Written Extempore

65

An Extempore Elegy, on the Death of the Rev. Mr. Davenport, Vicar of St. Nicholas, And Master of the Grammar-School, in Leicester.

66

The following Ode on Gratitude. Addressed to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the City of Lichfield, in Return For their generous Encouragement to the Author’s Publication

67

The following addressed by the Author, to Her Cousin Miss H.B. of Chester, On entering her 14th year.

69

On Winter

71

An Ode on Spring

72

The following Invitation, Extempore. To a Friend.

74

Extempore, to a Gentleman, who complained of being very miserable.

75

An Address, Extempore, to a Young Lady, By the Author, Upon being informed she was married

76

The following Lines by the Author, on visiting a Friend, who was then violently afflicted with a rheumatic Fever.

77

To the Same, On the abatement of his Fever

79

The following Epistle to a Young Lady, who greatly complained to the Author of her long Silence

80

An Epistle to a Friend

81

An Extempore Ode: Addressed to the Inhabitants of Birmingham

83

The following lines, extempore, to a blind young Gentleman, who was so obliging to send the Author a Song of her own composing set to Music

84

An Apology, To a Friend, From whom the Author had received many Civilities

85

Wrote upon the Author’s Box, by a Friend, Who received it a few Hours before her Arrival at his House

86

Extempore Address to a Young Surgeon, Who had repeatedly broke his Promise to the Author

87

Extempore Address to a Bachelor, Who daily visited the Author before he went to House-keeping

88

An Epistle, to a Friend, With whom the Author had been many Years intimate

90

To the same Young Tradesman Who is addressed in Page 23, For his neglecting a considerable time to return her Consolatory Ode on her misfortune, which she had lent him at his request

92

Extempore Address to the Inhabitants of Coventry

94

Extempore Address to the Inhabitants of Warwick

95

The following Lines were spoken Extempore by the Author, on being requested to compose a complimentary Ode to the Memory of Shakespeare, when she was at Stratford soliciting a Subscription

96

The following Lines the Author receiv’d enclosed in a polite Epistle from an unknown Friend, upon the indifferent Success her Subscription met in the City of Worcester: The Letter concludes with a Request that she will make no Inquiry after its Author

97

Reply to the Above

98

Consolatory Reflections That Have Occasionally occurred in that most lamentable Incident, My Loss of Sight: with some few Alterations and Additions, to what I had at first composed upon this melancholy Subject

99

The following Prayer, entitled, The Prayer of a Private Christian, the Author learnt upon a Visit one Afternoon, about the Year 1757; and since she has not, from that Time, met with any one that was acquainted with it, has been lately solicited by several Divines to give it a Place in her Publication

105