The "Songs" are Barbauld's first published poems and were included anonymously in John Aikin's Essays on Song-Writing (1772), a collection of English songs with a series of essays by Aikin, produced while he was studying medicine in Manchester. William McCarthy writes about the "Songs" in his essay "'We Hoped the Woman Was Going to Appear': Repression, Desire, and Gender in Anna Letitia Barbauld's Early Poems." Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices. Ed. Paula R Feldman and Theresa M. Kelley. Hanover and London: U of New England P, 1995. 113-37.