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Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Individual Item Contents: WPRP 260

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Author

A Young Lady.

Title

POETIC FUGITIVES. By A Young Lady.

Imprint

London: Lupton Relfe, Cornhill. 1827.

Physical description

148 p

Citation

Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 388.

Call number

WPRP 260

Epigraph

"And should they seem to thee to wear
Of graver thoughts the hue;
With such I know that thou wilt bear,
If feeling own them true.

The brightest, gayest thoughts of mirth,
If thought to mirth be given,
Can only lend a charm to earth;
But graver—lead to  Heaven!"

 

O POESY! thou dear delightful art!
The most ennobling, and the most sublime!
Who, acting rightly thy illustrious part,
Art Virtue's handmaid, censor of stern of crime,
Nature's high-priest, and chronicler of time;
The nurse of feeling: the interpreter
Of purest passion,—who, in manhood's prime,
In age, or infancy, alike canst stir
The heart's most secret thoughts:—thee still I must prefer

To worldly honours. Unto thee I owe
Nor wealth, nor fame; yet hast thou given to me
Some secret joys the world can ill bestow—
Delights, which ope not to its golden key,
And bend not to its sordid pride the knee:
For thou hast nourish'd, in these lonely hours,
That have been spent in intercourse with thee,
Kind feelings, chasten'd passions, mental powers,
And hopes which look through time. These are not worldly dowers.
BARTON.

 

Contents

 

Lines to a Portrait

1

"Sweet Home"

5

Forget thee!

8

The Complaint; or, "Weep with me"

10

The Consolation; or, Answer to the Complaint

13

Written on hearing my Father say, "I am as an Autumn tree, and fade away"

16

To the Moon

19

On a sleeping Infant

22

To —— ——

24

Remembrance

27

Music

32

To a dear Friend

35

To the same

37

To a Mother on the Loss of her Babe

39

Nature

41

To H. —, on her persuading a Friend to tell the Initials of his Favourite Lady

44

To an unknown Poet

46

Lines to a Friend, accompanying a Butterfly upon a Sprig of "Forget me not" in Water-colours

49

The Conflict

52

A Tribute of Gratitude to Mrs. H. More

54

Written on hearing a Mother and Child conversing

57

Lines to a Friend, on her imitating that she thought the Writer not fond of Domestic Life

60

The faded Bud

64

"Redeeming the Time"

67

To a departing Spirit

76

Autumn

78

To —— ——

82

On the Death of a Youth

85

To a Friend

88

The Missionary

90

To Mary, on her Birthday

97

Reflections

99

To the "Catmear," or Flower of an Hour

103

Written in St. Paul's Cathedral, at the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy

105

"Forget me not" to a Friend

107

Youth, Beauty, Love, Hope, and Happiness

110

Written on seeing the Tomb of a Young Man with a Rose-tree in bloom by its side

112

"Every heart knoweth its own bitterness"

116

A Farewell to the closing Year

119

A Tribute of Affection to the Memory of Miss H. Jerram

122

An unfinished Tale from Life

124

The Search for Happiness

128

To a little Bird

131

Written on plucking a white Convolvolus from a Hedge in Trinity-Gardens, Cambridge

132

Dreaming

134

To Sophia

136

Fragment—"Rest, Warrior"

137

Fragment

140

To the dying Christian

142

The Thunder-storm

144

To a young Friend

146