Last year, we began with Robert Burns' "Halloween". This poem quotes that seminal work in a footnote. "The Forest Fairies' Fount", subtitled a "Scottish Legend", was published in the one and only collection of poems by Sarah Louisa P. (Hickman) Smith, a precocious talent who died at the age of 21. She was prominent enough to be included in William T. Coggeshall's Poets and Poetry of the West (1860), where he gives the following biography:
here, in Samuel Knapp's Female Biography (1833). The collection itself, available here, is a delight, featuring poems inspired by Scott's Waverley and Catherine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie alongside other romantic treats like this. Enjoy "The Forest Fairies' Fount", and remember poor Sarah Louisa P. Hickman Smith.