1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Windle Carr

Rev. William Windle Carr, "Sonnet" in Carr, Poems on Various Subjects (1791) sig. A1.



A Muse retir'd, whose fond, deluded mind
Felt the long season of neglect — her fate!
And bade her mournful song its cares relate,
That oft on hills and oft on rocks reclin'd,
Made every passing gale its murmurs bear,
But taught her strains to court no tasteless ear,
For Avarice deaf but dwells on gold, her praise,
And fashion shuns, and folly scorns her lays,
Till with quick zeal a Huntingdon could hear,
Whilst Rawdon's anxious bosom own'd a share,
Sees from their smiles in her declining hour,
When ills to Fancy's withering charms succeed,
Some sacred calm to meet the gathering show'r,
Her lyre protected and decreed a shade.