Helen Maria Williams
Helen Maria Williams was a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France.
A controversial figure in her own time, the young Williams was favorably portrayed in a 1787 poem by William Wordsworth, but (especially at the height of the French Revolution) she was portrayed by other writers as irresponsibly politically radical and even as sexually wanton.
She was born to a Scottish mother, Helen Hay, and a Welsh army ... more »
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- Ode to Peace
- An American Tale
- An Address to Poetry
- Peruvian Tales: Alzira, Tale I
- Peruvian Tales: Cora, Tale VI
- Peruvian Tales: Alzira, Tale II
- Peruvian Tales: Aciloe, Tale V
- Sonnet to Peace of Mind
- Peruvian Tales: Cora, Tale IV
- Peruvian Tales: Zilia, Tale III
- Sonnet on Reading Burns' Mountain Daisy
- Duncan, an Ode
- Edwin and Eltrada, a Legendary Tale
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''In each event of life, how clearHelen Maria Williams (18th century), hymn-writer. Published in The Sacred Harp (1991). "While thee I seek, protecting Pow'r," l. 9-12 (1790).
Thy ruling hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul more dear,
Because conferred by Thee.''
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