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Gentleman's Magazine 1820 part 1 p.228


Poets, Cumberland

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Kellington, March 10.
IN addition to the list of living and deceased Poets, inserted in your last Supplement, p.595, I would wish to subjoin the Rev. Francis Wrangham, 1790; and a few more names of persons, who, though their poems are, many of them, written in a provincial dialect, are by no means unworthy of a place in a catalogue of British Poets.
The first candidate I shall propose for this honour is the late Rev. Josiah Relph, for some time perpetual curate of Sebergham, a small rural village near Carlisle. His poetical works were first published shortly after his death, under the superintendance of the Rev. T. Denton, of Ashted in Surrey. Mr. Denton, I have been informed, was also himself a poet. A second edition was also printed a few years ago at Carlisle. The chief and best of them are Pastorals, written in the dialect of his native county (Cumberland).
An account of his Life and Writings may be seen in the Notes to Hutchinson's History of Cumberland.
Mr. Thomas Sanderson, a native also of Sebergham, has published a small volume of poems, many of which are very elegant. Mr. Sanderson was also editor of Relph's Poems, lately published at Carlisle, and to which he annexed an account of his life, and a pastoral elegy on his death. Mr. Sanderson is still living in a most beautiful rural situation upon the banks of the river Line in Cumberland.
Mr. Robert Anderson, another Cumberland poet, is still living in Carlisle. Some time ago he published a volume of peoms, entitled 'Cumberland Ballads.' In these he accurately describes the manners and rustic sports of his native county, in its own dialect. Another edition, with considerable additions of this gentleman's poems, is about shortly to be published by subscription.
Mr. Robert Carlisle, a native of Carlisle, is still living. He has arrived at considerable eminence as a Painter; and is no less celebrated as a votary of the Muses. He has published several detached poems. Mr. Carlisle, if memory does not deceive me, is also author of two Novels, 'The Rose of Cumberland,' and 'The Heir of Gilsland.'
The late Miss Susan Blamire, of Thuckwood-nook, near Carlisle, from what I have seen of her compositions, appears to be a poetess of superior rank. I am not conscious that any of her works were ever published: neither am I certain, (not having the book at hand to refer to) whether any account of her life is given in Hutchinson's Cumberland. The following copy of verses, written by her when in a declining state of health, and which is the only one I have at present in my possession, may, perhaps, amuse some of your Readers.

'How sweet to the heart is the thought of To-morrow,
When Hope's fairy pictures bright colours display;
How sweet, when we can from futurity borrow
A balm for the grief that afflicts us today!
When wearisome sickness has taught me to languish
For health and the comforts it bears on its wing,
Let me hope, oh! how soon would it lessen my anguish,
That To-morrow will ease and serenity bring.
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