A Celebration of Women Writers

"To A Poetical Friend." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: The Writings of Jane Taylor, In Five Volumes by Jane Taylor. Volume I, Memoirs and Poetical Remains.. Edited by Isaac Taylor, Jr., of Stanford Rivers. Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1832. pp. 315-316.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


WHY so misname the writer's task?
  The honor all is hers;
"A favor," if a Poet ask,
  A favor he confers.

Yet to fulfil the kind request
  Is skill she dare not own;–
Who to a poet can suggest
  A thought to him unknown?

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What can the roving eye explore
  That earth or heaven displays,
But his has glanced upon before,
  With more enraptured gaze?

Or should a heart its tale reveal
  Of hidden joy or wo;
What is there that a heart can feel,
  But his must better know?

Forbear a further plea to bring,
  Since taste and truth agree,
That none can touch the sacred string
  With truth and taste, but he.


Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom