A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850

By Paula R. Feldman; Daniel Robinson | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Now through some drain obscene creeps dark and still,
To sweep the waste of luxury away.


Mary Julia Young
(fl. 1789–1808)

Mary Julia Young, a relative of the poet Edward Young, lived in London and
supported herself by writing poems, plays, novels, and translations. Her play,
the Family Party: a Comic Piece, in Two Acts, appeared anonymously in 1789;
and in 1791, she published a survey of the London stage, Genius and Fancy;
or, Dramatic Sketches.
Her long narrative poem Adelaide and Antonine; or, the
Emigrants, A Tale
came out in 1793, followed by Poems (1798) and several
novels, including the East Indian, or Clifford Priory (1799) and Donalda, or The
Witches of Glenshiel
(1805). Her memoir of the actress Anna Maria Crouch,
accompanied by a theater history, was published in 1806.

100. To Dreams

Hail, gentle spirits, who with magic wing,
Chase the dark clouds of sullen night away,
And from her murky cave my freed soul bring,
To revel in the radiant beams of day.

What are you, say? or earthly, or divine?
Who thus can cheer the pause of dull repose;
With chemic art the dross of sleep refine,
And beauteous scenes to curtained eyes disclose?

What are you! who subduing time and space,
To bless these moments can my Love restore?
I hear his voice, behold his form, his face,
And grateful own your power can give no more.

Hail, gentle spirits! to whose guardian care,
I owe such bliss, yet know not what you are!


101. Anxiety

Awakened by the radiant beams of morn,
My drowsy soul shakes off oblivious sleep;
Hope's gay delusive smiles the day adorn,
And, charmed awhile, my eyes forget to weep:
But, ah! how transient her enliv'ning power!
Soon disappointment glooms the wished for hour,


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850
Table of contents

Table of contents



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 279

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?