English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789-1806

English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789-1806

Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: 1
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    English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789-1806
    Book Description:

    This new selection of Anglophone Welsh poetry presents a range of literary responses to the French Revolution and the ensuing wars with France, a period in which Wales and its history became prime imaginative territory for poets of all political sympathies.

    eISBN: 978-0-7083-2569-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. List of Figures
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
    Elizabeth Edwards
  5. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  6. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  7. Introduction
    (pp. 1-58)

    In ‘Owen of Llangoed’, a poem published in October 1804, the Anglesey poet Richard Llwyd applauded Henry Addington for his patronage of Robert Burns’s eldest son. ‘May Heaven his efforts bless,’ Llwyd declared:

    Who guides an Empire’s cares;

    For hisown heart, a moment steals –

    Athoughtfor Genius spares. (No. 51, lines 114–16)

    In a gloss on this passage, Llwyd developed his tribute to Addington, who had been forced from office as prime minister earlier that year: ‘that the mind that directs the concerns of his Country at a period of unexampled difficulty and danger, should recollect...

  8. Texts
    • Editorial Principles
      (pp. 59-60)

      The aim of this anthology is convey the authentic voices of poems from the period 1789–1806 while also presenting readable texts. Original spellings, punctuation and capitalization have been retained except in the case of obvious misprints, which have been silently corrected. In the case of several manuscript poems, I have arranged the text as closely as possible to the manuscript source, including all cancellations and alternatives. These texts preserve poems that are unfinished and provisional, rather than attempt to fix a single version of the text where the source gives little clear sense of what a final version should...

    • 1. ‘Ode for the New Year MDCC,XC. As it was intended to have been rehearsed this Day at St. JAMES’s’
      (pp. 61-62)
      David Samwell
    • 2. ‘A Tour Through Parts of South and North Wales’ (extract)
      (pp. 63-67)
      William Sotheby
    • 3. ‘An Ode to Commerce. Inscribed to John Wilkinson, Esq. the distinguished iron master’
      (pp. 68-71)
    • 4. ‘An Ode for the New Year [1791], Inscribed to Paul Panton, of Plasgwyn, Esq.’
      (pp. 72-74)
      Richard Llwyd
    • 5. ‘Ode, for the Anniversary of St. David [1792]’
      (pp. 75-76)
      Richard Llwyd
    • 6. ‘The Banks of the Menai. An Ode’
      (pp. 77-78)
      David Thomas
    • 7. ‘The Resurrection of Rhitta Gawr’
      (pp. 79-83)
      David Samwell
    • 8. ‘The Captivity of Caractacus’ (extract)
      (pp. 84-87)
      George Richards
    • 9. ‘Llangollen. Written at the close of the Autumn 1792’ (extract)
      (pp. 88-90)
      William Sotheby
    • 10. ‘Winter Incidents, Written in 1777’
      (pp. 91-94)
      Edward Williams
    • 11. ‘Solitude. From the Welsh. Written in 1789’
      (pp. 95-96)
      Edward Williams
    • 12. ‘Ode; Imitated from the Gododin of Aneurin, an ancient British Bard, who wrote about the Year 550’
      (pp. 97-101)
      Edward Williams
    • 13. ‘ADDRESS TO THE INHABITANTS OF WALES. Exhorting them to emigrate, with WILLIAM PENN, to Pennsylvania’ (extract)
      (pp. 102-111)
      Edward Williams
    • 14. ‘The Horrors of War, a Pastoral’
      (pp. 112-116)
      Edward Williams
    • 15. ‘Ode on Converting a Sword into a Pruning Hook’
      (pp. 117-121)
      Edward Williams
    • 16. ‘THOUGHTS On the PRESENT TIMES; Written some Time after the PROCLAMATION for the late General FAST’
      (pp. 122-124)
      Jane Cave
    • 17. Untitled [‘Can impious France, though frantic grown’]
      (pp. 125-125)
      Hester Piozzi
    • 18. ‘Church and King rampant or Satan let loose for a thousand years’
      (pp. 126-129)
      Edward Williams
    • 19. ‘John Bull’s Litany’
      (pp. 130-135)
      Edward Williams
    • 20. ‘On the Ruins of Denbigh Castle, in North Wales’
      (pp. 136-137)
      Joseph Hucks
    • 21. ‘Song. Bella! horrida Bella! Written in Novr 1794’
      (pp. 138-139)
      Edward Williams
    • 22. ‘Ode, Written on a long and uncommonly tempestuous cruise with a Squadron of Men of War in about 63° North Latitude, Decr 24 1794’
      (pp. 140-143)
      David Samwell
    • 23. ‘See, see the mad Marauders come!’
      (pp. 144-144)
      Hester Piozzi
    • 24. ‘Newgate Stanzas’
      (pp. 145-146)
      Edward Williams

      In the year 1794, when there were many State Prisoners in Newgate, none were permitted to see them without previously writing their namesand places of abodein a book kept for that purpose, Edward Williams going there, with a friend, one evening to see the Revd.Mr.Winterbotham, wrote, in addition to his name and place of residence, Bard of Liberty, as he had several times before done, but this had been at length noticed, orders had been given to keep a Watchful eye on every one, and admittance was now refused in the following words, “We admit no...

    • 25. ‘TRIAL BY JURY, The Grand Palladium of British Liberty’
      (pp. 147-148)
      Edward Williams
    • 26. ‘For the Chester Chronicle’
      (pp. 149-150)
    • 27. ‘Introductory Ode for the Cambrian Register’
      (pp. 151-154)
      Thomas Ryder
    • 28. ‘Sketched on a Party down the River Wye, from Ross to Monmouth’
      (pp. 155-157)
    • 29. ‘Llangollen Vale, Inscribed to the Right Honourable Lady Eleanor Butler, and Miss Ponsonby’ (extract)
      (pp. 158-161)
      Anna Seward
    • 30. ‘The False Alarm’
      (pp. 162-163)
    • 31. ‘The Victory of Fishguard. A favorite Song’
      (pp. 164-165)
      Cæsar Morgan
    • 32. ‘Written on the Spur of the Moment, to be Sung at the Crown and Anchor’
      (pp. 166-166)
      Hester Piozzi
    • 33. ‘Song for the Glamorgan Volunteers’
      (pp. 167-172)
      Edward Williams
    • 34. ‘St. David’s Day [1797]’
      (pp. 173-174)
      Robert Southey
    • 35. ‘Lines, Written Amid the Ruins of Abergavenny Castle’
      (pp. 175-175)
      Robert Southey
    • 36. ‘Ode’ [‘In vain the trav’ller seeks Aberffraw’s tow’rs’]
      (pp. 176-177)
      Robert Southey
    • 37. ‘Verses written on the late Victory gained over the French Squadron by Sir John Borlase Warren’
      (pp. 178-179)
      David Thomas
    • 38. ‘Bangor Ferry’
      (pp. 180-181)
      ‘A Lady’
    • 39. Beaumaris Bay, A Poem (extract)
      (pp. 182-185)
      Richard Llwyd
    • 40. ‘Carmen Seculare, or Jubilant Song for the year 1900’
      (pp. 186-189)
      Edward Williams
    • 41. ‘Sonnet II: Penman-Mawr’
      (pp. 190-190)
      George Davies Harley
    • 42. ‘Sonnet III: On Seeing a Poor Welch Girl Pass My Window in a Storm’
      (pp. 191-191)
      George Davies Harley
    • 43. ‘Sonnet IX: The Peasant of Anglesea’
      (pp. 192-192)
      George Davies Harley
    • 44. ‘The Widow’
      (pp. 193-194)
    • 45. ‘The Address of the Bard of Snowdon, to his Countrymen, Written in June, 1803, During the Threats of Invasion’
      (pp. 195-202)
      Richard Llwyd
    • 46. The Horrors of Invasion; A Poem
      (pp. 203-210)
      Robert Holland Price

      ‘Prepare War, wake up the Mighty Men, let all the Men of War draw near: let them come up. Beat your plough-share into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say I am strong.’ Joel c. 3, v. 9, 10.

      The favourable reception this little Poem has received, and the encreasing demand for it, induces the Author to present the public with a second edition, and to add a few more applicable notes suitable to the times, and the subject. The Author has not the vanity to suppose that its own merits drew upon The Horrors of...

    • 47. Invasion! A Poem (extract)
      (pp. 211-219)
      Joseph Reade
    • 48. ‘To Bonaparte’
      (pp. 220-220)
    • 49. ‘Anglesey Volunteer Song’
      (pp. 221-223)
      T. Ellis Owen
    • 50. ‘Awdl y Misoedd / Ode of the Months’
      (pp. 224-233)
      Richard Llwyd

      From the British of Gwilim Ddu, of Arvon, Bard to Sir Gryffydd Llwyd, of Tre’r garnedd, in Anglesey, and Dinorwig, in the county of Carnarvon.

      Some account of Sir Gryffydd Llwyd, from Rowland’s Antiquitatis Parochiales; and Mr. Vaughn of Hengwrt’s Notes on Powel’s History of Wales.

      Sir Gryffydd Llwyd, Knight, ap Rhys ap Gryffydd ap Ednyved Vychan, Seneschal to Llewellyn ap Jorwerth (Leolinus Magnus) was a valiant gentleman but unfortunate, “Magnæ quidem sed calamitosæ virtutis,” as Lucius Florus says of Sertorius; he was knighted by Edward the first, then holding a Parliament in the castle of Rhuddlan, when he brought...

    • 51. ‘Owen of Llangoed. Founded on fact. To Fleetwood Williams, Esq. of Liverpool’
      (pp. 234-246)
      Richard Llwyd
    • 52. ‘The Saxon Invasion’
      (pp. 247-248)
    • 53. Untitled [‘Arise, my muse, and paint the glorious scene’]
      (pp. 249-250)
    • 54. ‘On the Late Splendid Victory off Trafalgar’
      (pp. 251-251)
    • 55. ‘On the Victory of Cape Trafalgar, and the Death of the ever-to-be-lamented Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson’
      (pp. 252-253)
      ‘P. H.’
    • 56. ‘On Winter’
      (pp. 254-254)
      ‘J. H.’
    • 57. ‘On the Death of Mr. Pitt’
      (pp. 255-256)
      ‘W. R.’
    • 58. ‘An Address to the Snowdon Rangers’
      (pp. 257-258)
      David Thomas
    • 59. ‘Written late in the Evening, December 15, 1806’
      (pp. 259-260)
    • 60. ‘On the Present State of the Belligerent Powers of Europe’
      (pp. 261-262)
  9. Notes to the Texts
    (pp. 263-312)
  10. Select Bibliography
    (pp. 313-322)
  11. Index
    (pp. 323-328)