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Hamilton, Captain Basil Hall, and other distin. 1822, (29.)
guished literati.-Returns to England, (Sept.) – Siege of Valencia, and Songs of the Cid written; A Spirit's Return composed. -also dramatic fragment of Don Sebastian.
1830, (37.) 1823, (30.)
Songs of the Affections published.–Visits the Contributes to Thomas Campbell's New Monthly Lakes and Mr Wordsworth.—Domiciles during Magazine. — Voice of Spring written, (March.) — part of summer at Dove's Nest, near Ambleside. Siege of Valencia published, along with Last -- Revisits Scotland, (Aug.)— Returns by Dublin Constantine and Belshazzar's Feast. --Vespers of and Holyhead to Wales. Palermo performed at Covent Garden, (Dec. 12.)
1$31. (38.) 1824, (31.)
State of hcalth delicate.—Quits England for last Composes De Chatillon, revised MS. of which time, (April,) and proceeds to Dublin.--Visits the unfortunately lost.-Writes Lays of Many Lands.
Hermitage, near Kilkenny, and Woodstock.-ReRemoves with family from Bronwylfa to
turns to Dublin, (Aug.)—Writes various lyrics. Rhyllon.
1832. (39) 1825, (32.)
Health continues greatly impaired. — Writes Treasures of the Deep, The Hebrew Mother,
Miscellaneous Lyrics, Songs of Spain, and Songs The Hour of Death, Graves of a Household, The
of a Guardian Spirit. Cross in the Wilderness, and many other of her
1833. (40.) best lyrics written.
Feels recruited during spring.-Writes Songs of 1826, (33.)
Captivity, Songs for Summer Hours, and many of The Forest Sanctuary published, together with
Scenes and Hymns of Life.-Composes Sonnets
Devotional and Memorial. — Commences transLays of Many Lands.-Commences correspondence with Professor Norton of Boston, U.S.,
lation of Scenes and Passages from German who republishes her works there.
1834. (41.) 1827, (34.) Mrs Hemans loses her mother (11th January.)
Hymns for Childhood published (March ;)
also National Lyrics and Songs for Music. Writes Hymns for Childhood, which are first
- Paper on Tasso, published in New Monthly published in America.- Corresponds with Joanna
Magazine, (May.)-Writes Fragment of Paper on Baillie, Anne Grant, Mary Mitford, Caroline
Iphigenia. — Records of Spring 1834 written, Bowles, Mary Howitt, and M. J. Jewsbury.Writes Körner to his Sister, Homes of England,
(April, May, June.)— Is seized with fever; during
convalescence retires into county of Wicklow.An Hour of Romance, The Palm-Tree, and many
Returns to Dublin in autumn, and has attack of other lyrics.—Health becomes impaired.
ague.-Composes Records of Autumn 1834.
Writes Despondency and Aspiration, (Oct. and 1828, (35.)
Nov.)—The Huguenot's Farewell and Antique Publishes with Mr Blackwood Records of Woman,
Greek Lament, (Nov.)-Thoughts during Sickness and collected Miscellanies, (May.)-Contributes
written, (Nov. and Dec.)— Retires during conval. regularly to Blackwood's Magazine.—Visits Waver
escence to Redesdale, a country-seat of the Archtree Lodge early in summer.-Removes to village bishop of Dublin. of Wavertree with family in September.
1835. (42.) 1829, (36.)
Returns to Dublin, (March.)—Debility gradually Writes Lady of Provence, To a Wandering increases. - Corresponds regarding Sir Robert Female Singer, The Child's First Grief, The Peel's appointment of her son Henry.- Dictates Better Land, and Miscellanies.— Voyages to Scot
Sabbath Sonnet, (April 26.)—Departs this life,(16th land, (June,) and visits Mr Henry M-Kenzie, Rev. May.)—Remains interred in vault beneath St Mr Alison, Lord Jeffrey, Sir Walter Scott, Captain Anne's Church, Dublin.
The breeze is still, the sea is calm,
The sky is blue, the day serene, And only pleasure now is seen; The rose, the pink, the tulip gay, Combine to bless thy natal day.
The infant muse, Jehovah ! would aspire
WRITTEN AT THE AGE OF XINE.
O GOD! my Father and my Friend,
Yes! Thou wilt breathe a spirit o'er my lyre, And “fill my beating heart with sacred fire !” And when to Thee my youth, my life, I've given, Raise me to join Eliza, 1 blest in Heaven.
lished, the pool where fairy ships were launched (generally painted and decorated by herself,) and, dearer still, the fresh free ramble on the seashore, or the mountain expedition to the Signal Station, or the Roman Encampment. In one of her letters, the pleasure with which she looked forward to her return home was thus expressed in rhyme.—Mem. p. 8, 9.]
WRITTEN AT THE AGE OF ELEVEN.
[One of her earliest tastes was a passion for Shakspeare, which she read, as her choicest recreation, at six years old; and in later days she would often refer to the hours of romance she had passed in a secret haunt of her own-a seat amongst the branches of an old apple-tree — where, revelling in the treasures of the cherished volume, she would become completely absorbed in the imaginative world it revealed to her. The following lines, written at eleven years old, may be adduced as a proof of her juvenile enthusiasm. — Memoir of Jrs lemans by her Sister, p. 6, 7.)
I LOVE to rove o'er history's page,
Happy soon we'll meet again,
SONNET TO MY MOTHER.
WRITTEN AT THE AGE OF TWELVE.
To thee, maternal guardian of my youth,
I pour the genuine numbers free from artThe lays inspired by gratitude and truth;
For thou wilt prize the effusion of the heart Oh! be it mine, with sweet and pious care,
To calm thy bosom in the hour of grief; With soothing tenderness to chase the tear,
With fond endearments to impart relief : Be mine thy warm affection to repay
With duteous love in thy declining hours;
My filial hand shall strew unfading flowers, Perennial roses, to adorn thy way: Still may thy grateful children round thee smileTheir pleasing care affliction shall beguile.
TO MY BROTHER AND SISTER IN THE
WRITTEN AT THE AGE OF ELEVEN.
[At about the age of eleven, she passed a winter in London with her father and mother; and a similar sojourn was repeated in the following year, after which she never visited the metropolis. The contrast between the confinement of a town life, and the happy freedom of her own mountain bome, was even then so distasteful to her, that the indulgences of plays and sights soon ceased to be cared for, and she longed to rejoin her younger brother and sister in their favourite rural haunts and amusements -- the nuttery wood, the beloved apple-tree, the old arbour, with its swing, the post-office tree, in whose trunk a daily interchange of family letters was estab
1 A sister whom the author had lost.