BOWLES, William Lisle. ~ Elegiac stanzas, written during Sickness at Bath, December 1795. Bath: Printed by R. Cruttwell, and sold by C. Dilly... London. 1796.
4to (235 × 186 mm), pp. -14, bound without half-title or final advertisement leaf; Grecian urn device to title; this leaf also bearing early manuscript figure ‘25’ at head; modern marbled boards; bookplate of John Sparrow.
Sole edition. ‘Mr Bowles woos not the plaintive muse with ill success. We have perused these pathetic lines with that kind of pleasure with which we hear the melodies of the poor little winged choristers, when their nests have been robbed of their young.
With respect to the merit of the stanzas now before us, we may apply to them what was said of the SONNETS by the same ingenious writer, in our Rev. for Feb. 1795, p. 225. where we did not hesitate to pronounce ‘the versification smooth, the style correct, the imagery pleasing, the thought natural, and the faults rare’’ (Monthly Review).
Bowles includes his poem ‘On leaving Winchester School. Written in the year 1782’ at the end. Not found in Jackson, though it appears in the index, incorrectly referenced; not in Johnson.