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Individual Item Contents: WPRP 62




Pointon, Priscilla (1754-1801).


Poems on several occasions.


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.


Jackson, p. 259, no. 1.


Priscilla, of Lichfield, was blind.


Includes Preface and Introduction.


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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No Contents page. Includes:

To the Unfortunate Miss Poynton, of Lichfield


Reply to Mr. Jones of Kidderminster


Enigma, Extempore


Answer to the foregoing Enigma


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


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


A Reply, extempore, to the above


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


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


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


An Ode on his Majesty’s Birthday


A Song.


A Pastoral Piece


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


A Valentine


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


An Ode, Extempore, on Gratitude


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


An Enigma, Written Extempore


The following Lines on Solitude. Written Extempore


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


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


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


On Winter


An Ode on Spring


The following Invitation, Extempore. To a Friend.


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


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


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


To the Same, On the abatement of his Fever


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


An Epistle to a Friend


An Extempore Ode: Addressed to the Inhabitants of Birmingham


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Extempore Address to the Inhabitants of Coventry


Extempore Address to the Inhabitants of Warwick


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


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


Reply to the Above


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


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