1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Penn

Anonymous, "Lines to Miss Pye, on reading her plaintive Effusions of Poems inscribed to John Penn, Esq." Morning Post (20 February 1805).



Ungen'rous world! What! make thy sorrows flow
In mental pangs, too keen for man to know!
The pow'r with-held which might those griefs assuage,
And MARY lives to feel their utmost rage—
Too sure th' iron age returns again,
And Saturn weeps his empire lost, in vain.
Touch'd with thy strains, Olympus list'ning hears;
Fond Niobe, with thine, unites her years,
The lovely Muses pity as they smile,
And vales Parnassian court thy genial toil.