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

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337. 'Lo, on her dying couch, the sufferer lies'

'Lo, on her dying couch, the sufferer lies,
While meager poverty stands shivering by,
And pallid want, with nearly-closed eye,
And conscious guilt, that heaves unbidden sighs!
Fast down her cheeks fall penitential tears,
To Heaven she turns, and now she meekly prays;
Her breast alternate throbs with hopes and fears,
Which now depress, and now sweet comfort raise.
Go, base deceiver, view the dreadful scene—
Go, view the victim that thine arts betrayed;
Who, but for thee, had blest with virtue been;
Who, but for thee, had ne'er from honor strayed.
And keen remorse shall wake a pang of woe,
That only crimes like thine can ever know.

(1817)


338. 'How gladly would I lay my aching head'

How gladly would I lay my aching head,
Beneath these stately chestnuts' deepened shade,
Where the bright morning sun-beams ne'er have played
Nor smiled as though in scorn upon the dead!
Methinks I here could peacefully repose,
While these majestic boughs should o'er me wave;
And find at last a solace to my woes,
Within an humble, but a welcome grave.
No stone be o'er me seen with praises vain,
And useless pomp to lure the careless eye;
The spot be known but to the village swain,
Whose uncorrupted heart may breathe a sigh;
And though no tear his ruddy cheek bedew,
He yet my lowly bed with flowers may strew.

(1817)


Thomas Doubleday
(1790–1870)

Well known for his integrity and compassion for the laboring class, Thomas
Doubleday was active in Whig politics as well as literature. Once he was ac-
cused of but never prosecuted for sedition. His Sixty-Five Sonnets (1818) was
a popular success. He also wrote political and economic tracts, dramas, and a
biography of Sir Robert Peele.


339. 'Poppies, that scattered o'er this arid plain'

Poppies, that scattered o'er this arid plain,
Display the barrenness ye cannot cure,

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

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes 18
  • Suggested Further Reading 21
  • Editorial Principles 23
  • Thomas Edwards(1699–1757) 25
  • Thomas Warton(1728–90) 26
  • John Codrington Bampfylde (1754–96) 27
  • Charlotte Smith (1749–1806) 29
  • Samuel Egerton Brydges(1762–1837) 39
  • William Hayley (1745–1820) 40
  • Helen Maria Williams(1761–1827) 42
  • William Lisle Bowles(1762–1850) 44
  • Thomas Russell(1762–88) 48
  • Mary Locke(Fl. 1791–1816) 50
  • Ann Radcliffe(1764–1823) 51
  • Anna Maria Jones(1748–1829) 54
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge(1772–1834) 55
  • Amelia Opie(1769–1853) 65
  • John Thelwall(1764–1834) 66
  • Mary Julia Young(Fl. 1789–1808) 68
  • Charles Lamb(1775–1834) 70
  • Mary Robinson(1758–1800) 73
  • William Beckford(1760–1844) 91
  • Charles Lloyd(1775–1839) 91
  • Robert Southey(1774–1843) 94
  • Edward Gardner(Fl. 1770–98) 97
  • Joseph Hucks(D. 1800) 98
  • Anna Seward(1742–1809) 99
  • Ann Home Hunter(1742–821) 106
  • Eliza Kirkham Mathews(1772–1802) 106
  • William Cowper(1731–1800) 107
  • Henry Kirke White(1785–1806) 108
  • Mrs. B. Finch(Fl. 1805) 109
  • Anna Maria Smallpiece(Fl. 1805) 110
  • William Wordsworth(1770–1850) 111
  • Mathilda Betham(1776–1852) 133
  • Susan Evance(Fl. 1808–18) 134
  • Martha Hanson(Fl. 1809) 136
  • Mary F. Johnson(Fl. 1810; D. 1863) 138
  • Mary Tighe(1772–1810) 141
  • Leigh Hunt(1784–1859) 145
  • Mary Bryan(Fl. 1815) 148
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron(1788–1824) 150
  • John Keats(1795–1821) 151
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley(1792–1822) 163
  • Jane Alice Sargant(Fl. 1817–21) 167
  • Thomas Doubleday(1790–1870) 168
  • Horace Smith(1779–1849) 170
  • John Clare(1793–1864) 170
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes(1803–49) 176
  • Charles Johnston(D. 1823) 177
  • Elizabeth Cobbold(1767–1824) 178
  • John F. M. Dovaston(1782–1852) 180
  • Sarah Hamilton(C. 1769–1843) 181
  • Thomas Moore(1779–1852) 182
  • Mary Russell Mitford(1787–1855) 183
  • Barry Cornwall (Bryan Waller Procter)(1787–1874) 184
  • Joseph Blanco White(1775–1841) 185
  • Thomas Hood(1799–1845) 186
  • Edward Moxon(1801–58) 187
  • William Roscoe(1753–1831) 188
  • Charles Tennyson Turner(1808–79) 189
  • Alfred Tennyson(1809–92) 192
  • Agnes Strickland(1796–1874) 193
  • Frederick Tennyson(1807–98) 195
  • Hartley Coleridge(1796–1849) 196
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon(1802–38) 199
  • Jane Cross Simpson(1811–86) 200
  • Felicia Hemans(1793–1835) 201
  • Caroline Norton(1808–77) 204
  • Ebenezer Elliott(1781–1849) 206
  • Frederick William Faber(1814–63) 206
  • Frances Anne Kemble(1809–93) 208
  • Eliza Cook(1818–89) 209
  • Arthur Hugh Clough(1819–61) 210
  • William Bell Scott(1811–90) 211
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti(1828–82) 213
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning(1806–61) 215
  • Appendix - Mary Robinson's Preface to Sappho and Phaon 233
  • Notes 239
  • Notes to the Poems and Sources 241
  • Index of Titles, Authors and First Lines 265
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