Posts tagged ‘1766’

Saturday, 17 June 2017

An Epitaph on Claudy Phillips, A Musician by Anna Williams

Phillips! whose touch harmonious could remove
The pangs of guilty pow’r, and hapless love,
Rest here distrest by poverty no more,
Find here that calm thou gav’st so oft before;
Sleep undisturb’d within this peaceful shrine,
Till angels wake thee with a note like thine.

From: Williams, Anna, Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, 1766, T. Davies: London, p. 23.

Date: 1766

By: Anna Williams (1706-1783)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

An Apology for a Certain Lady by John Cunningham

To an old dotard’s wretched arms betray’d,
The wife (miscall’d) is but a widow’d maid;
Young, and impatient at her wayward lot,
If the dull rules of duty are forgot;
Whatever ills from her defection rise,
The parent’s guilty who compell’d the ties.

From: Cunningham, John, Poems, Chiefly Pastoral, 2011, University of Michigan Library: Ann Arbor, Michigan, p. 232.

Date: 1766

By: John Cunningham (1729-1773)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly by Oliver Goldsmith

When lovely woman stoops to folly,
   And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can sooth her melancholy,
   What art can wash her guilt away?
The only art her guilt to cover,
   To hide her shame from every eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
   And wring his bosom—is to die.


Date: 1766

By: Oliver Goldsmith (?1730-1774)

Alternative Title: When Lovely Woman