Amelia Alderson Opie

Shelley King and John B. Pierce (eds), The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie

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Editor’s Note316ON THE DEATH OF A NEAR RELATION

  • 1Would I had died for thee, thou lovely one!
  • 2Thee, rich in ties, a youth's enchanting pride;
  • 3And I, alas! the faded and the lone!
  • 4Had heaven so will'd I would for thee have died.
  • 5But he, who errs not, did not thus decree;
  • 6Then, patient still, let me earth's pilgrim rove;
  • 7While thy glad eyes the Saviour's glories see,
  • 8And thy blest spirit hails redeeming love!

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Editor’s Note
316. Copy text: LD1 78. Collated: LD2
Editor’s Note
316. Print version: LD12 78.
The subject of this elegy is Isabella Milman (1812–32), daughter of William George Milman (1781–1857) and Opie's first cousin Elizabeth Hurry Alderson (1791–1853); the Gentleman's Magazine gives the following details: 'Sept. 30. 1832. At Ryde, I. W., aged 20, Isabella eldest dau[ghter] of Sir W Milman, Bart.' (1832: Oct. p. 388). Her death occurred while Opie was in Cornwall, and in a letter to Eliza Briggs Opie writes, 'Indeed, I feel as if I were not remembered by any of my family as no one has informed me of poor Isabella's death. I heard of it from Mary Gurney, from no one else—I wrote instantly to poor Lady M[ilman], & said I concluded (which I did) that a letter was on the road to me' (to Eliza Briggs, 24 Oct. 1832, Huntington). In November she writes to her friend Sarah Rose 'I had a letter … from Lady Milman … & she says after speaking of the comfort of knowing that Isabella is passed away in her purity, & of thankfulness for having been permitted to be her mother she adds "and now thro' her saviour's merits, I think she is in Heaven, & safe"—One of the darling's last actions was to give Sir William [her father] a new testament with her initials … & Sir W. reads 4 chapters out of it to Lady M every evening' (to Sarah Rose, 24 Nov. 1832, Huntington).
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