Anna Williams

(1706-1783 / England)

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Anna Williams (1706 – 6 September 1783) was a poet and companion of Samuel Johnson.

Early life

She was born at Rosemarket, Pembrokeshire to Zachariah Williams (1668/73–1755) (a scientist and doctor) and his wife, Martha. Her father provided her with a wide artistic and scientific education, including Italian and French. In 1726/7 Zachariah and Anna moved to London, staying at... more »

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The Ant

Turn on the prudent Ant, thy heedful eyes,
Observe her labours, Sluggard, and be wise.
No stern command, no monitory voice
Prescribes her duties, or directs her choice,
Yet timely provident, she hastes away
To snatch the blessings of the plenteous day;
When fruitful summer loads the teeming plain,
She gleans the harvest, and she stores the grain.

How long shall sloth usurp thy useless hours,
Dissolve thy vigour, and enchain thy powers?
While artful shades thy downy couch enclose,
And soft solicitation courts repose,
Amidst the drousy charms of dull ...

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