1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

John Henderson, "Lines addressed to Mrs. Robinson, on reading a little Welsh Ballad entitled Lewin and Gynniethe" 1783; Robinson, Poetical Works (1806) 1:xlvii.



Thou pride of a nation where GENIUS is bless'd,
Where THE MUSE smiles, by fancy and eloquence dress'd,
Sweet MINSTREL, whose plaintive and elegant mind
Is the temple of WIT, and of pity combin'd.

Oh! ne'er let the pen sleep in silence whose lays
Claim the young budding LAUREL, a nation's just praise;
Exert thy soft skill, and from Phoebus receive
That wealth which the GOD SHALL TO EXCELLENCE GIVE.
1783.