Helen Maria Williams, "An Address to Poetry" in Julia, i, 13 (1790)

She loves the hanging rock to climb,
And hear the sweeping torrent roar:
The little scene of cultur'd space
But faintly her expanding bosom warms;
She seeks the daring stroke, the aweful charms
Which Nature's pencil throws on Nature's face.

This short selection from one of the chapter-heading poems in Williams' Julia suggests a transformation from the desire for sensibilious pleasures to a longing for the sublime, the "daring stroke" and "aweful charms" of nature. Interestingly, this is constued as a desire for a literary sublime which "Nature throws on Nature's face."

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