1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Francis Osborne, fifth Duke of Leeds, "Impromptu, to Mrs. Robinson" 1796 ca.; Robinson, Poetical Works (1806) 1:xxxii-xxxiii.



When sensibility and truth unite
To give thy thought with sweet poetic art,
'Tis genuine nature dictates what you write,
And ev'ry line's a transcript of your heart!

'Tis grace, and feeling, polish'd by THE MUSE,
To claim applause, and charm the wond'ring throng!
Then who the sacred laurel shall refuse
To HER whom NATURE hails the QUEEN OF SONG.