Betham, Mary Matilda, 1776-1852. Elegies and Other Small Poems, by Matilda Betham. Ipswich: Printed by W. Burrell, and sold by Longman, Paternoster-Row, and Jermyn and Forster, Ipswich, 1797. (ESTC T143264)
- ELEGIES, &c.
- ELEGIES AND OTHER SMALL POEMS,
- To the Hon. LADY JERNINGHAM.
- TO THE READER.
- To —, with Arthur and Albina 1
- Arthur and Albina 3
- The Fraternal Duel 15
- Lines in a Letter to A. R. C 22
- The Lonely Walk 24
- The Outlaw 28
- Invitation 43
- Whitsun-Monday 45
- Philemon 50
- On a Fan 56
- To Simplicity 57
- [Page xii]The Terrors of Guilt 60
- Cen'lin Prince of Mercia 67
- Rhapsody 79
- Human Pleasure or Pain 81
- The Complaint of Fancy 83
- On the Eve of Departure from O — 88
- To M. I. 91
- Translation from Metastasio 95, 97, 99
- — from Della Casa 101
- Editha 102
- To M. I. 108
- Written in Zimmerman's Solitude 111
- To the Memory of Mr. Agostino Isola 113
- To the Nuns of Bodney 116
- Written in London 118
- Fragment 123
- — 123
- Written April 18, 1796 125
- Page 58, last verse, 3d line, for ne'er read e'er.
- Page 94, title, for Dello read Del.
- Same p. 3d line from the bottom, for nauragj read naufragj.
- ARTHUR and ALBINA.
- THE FRATERNAL DUEL.
- IN A LETTER to A.R.C. ON HER WISHING TO BE CALLED ANNA.
- THE LONELY WALK To W. S. B.
- THE OUTLAW
- INVITATION, To J. B. C.
- WRITTEN ON WHITSUN-MONDAY 1795.
- ON A FAN
- TO SIMPLICITY.
- THE TERRORS OF GUILT
- CEN'LIN, PRINCE OF MERCIA.
- HUMAN PLEASURE OR PAIN.
- THE COMPLAINT OF FANCY. To A. R. C.
- ON THE EVE OF DEPARTURE From O —
- TO M. I.
- CANTATA. DELL METASTAISO.
- [CANTATA. [DELL] METASTAISO.] TRANSLATION.
- LA FORTUNA. DELLO STESSO.
- [LA FORTUNA. DELLO STESSO.] TRANSLATION.
- CANTATA DELLO STESSO.
- [CANTATA DELLO STESSO.] TRANSLATION.
- SONETTO. DI GIOVANNI DELLA CASA.
- [SONETTO. DI GIOVANNI DELLA CASA.] SONNET, TO SLEEP. TRANSLATION
- TO M. I.
- WRITTEN IN ZIMMERMANN's SOLITUDE.
- IN MEMORY OF Mr. AGOSTINO ISOLA, OF CAMBRIDGE, Who died on the 5th of June, 1797.
- TO THE NUNS OF BODNEY.
- Written in London, on the 19th of March 1796.
- Written April the 18th, 1796.
BY MATILDA BETHAM.
IPSWICH: PRINTED BY W. BURRELL, AND SOLD BY LONGMAN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, AND JERMYN AND FORSTER, IPSWICH,
Price 3s. 6d.
The many endearing instances of regard I have experienced since I had the honor of being known to your Ladyship, while they impress my mind with gratitude, flatter my hopes with a favourable reception of the following miscellanies, which, under your patronage, I venture to submit to the public.[Page vi]
Considered as the first essays of an early period of life, and as the exercises of leisure, my wishes suggest, that they may not, perhaps, be found wholly unworthy of attention; but whatever be their fate with others, I shall feel myself much gratified, if, in your Ladyship's judgment, they may be allowed some merit.
Though there cannot be a greater pleasure than dwelling on the excellencies of a distinguished and amiable character, I know not that it would be permitted me to indulge my present inlination with enumerating those virtues and endowments which confessedly distinguish your Ladyship, but my[Page vii] wishes I may offer, and that you may long, very long, continue to bless your family, to adorn your rank, and console the unhappy, is the sincere prayer of
Your Ladyship's most obliged humble servant, MATILDA BETHAM.Stonham, Nov. 20, 1797.
If, in the following pages, there may be found any unacknowledged imitations, I hope I shall not be censured as an intentional plagiarist; for it has been my wish, however I may be esteemed presumptuous, not to be unjust; and I sometimes fear lest an imperfect recollection of another's idea should have appeared to me as a dawning thought of my own. Wherever I could recollect a similar passage, although unnoticed at the time I wrote,[Page x] it has been either altered or acknowledged.
I commit these trifles to the press with the anxiety necessarily resulting from a desire that they may not be deemed altogether worthless. Though the natural partiality of the writer may be somewhat strengthened by the commendations of friends and parents, I am well aware that no apology can give currency to imperfection.
I have not vainly attempted to ascend to the steeps of Parnassus. If, wandering at its foot, I have mistaken perishable shrubs for never-dying flowers, the errors of a youthful mind, first viewing the fascinating regions of fancy, will not be rigidly condemned; for wherever there is true taste, there will be genuine candour.
British Critic for Sep. 1796.
We are glad to see a production of so very laborious as well as useful a kind encouraged by a considerable number of subscribers; and we doubt not that, as the book shall become more known, the author will find it in demand by all who seek to stock their libraries with books of general reference. A work of this kind, though apparently barren and uninteresting to the casual inspector, will often furnish a key, which could in no other way be obtained, for unlocking the obscurities of history, and giving, in a clear and distinct view, that which narrative usually delivers with more or less of confusion.
PREFACE, Jan. 1797. — The Work is magnificent in form, comprehensive in its plan, and of easy reference.
Monthly Review, October, 1796.
These Tables must have cost the indefatigable compiler prodigious labour and attention. As a book of occasional consultation and reference, it will rank (we imagine) with the most esteemed productions of the kind. Indeed we scruple not to give it the preference even to Anderson's "Royal Genealogies" (the most considerable of our former compilements of this kind) on account of the greater simplicity and neatness of his method, and the disembarrassment of his performance from extraneous historical matter: we have often found ourselves rather confused than enlightened by consulting Anderson. The volume is printed with uncommon neatness, and every indication of accuracy and care.
Speedily will be published, in Four Vols. Octavo, and One large Vol. Folio,
By the Rev. WILLIAM BETHAM Price Four Guineas — Vellum Paper Six Guineas.