1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet to Mrs. West, on reading her excellent Poem — The Mother" Morning Post (13 October 1810).



Distinguish'd fav'rite of the moral muse!
Whose lofty lay, and classic taste impart
Precepts and patterns; deckt in Truth's bright hues,
To charm the fancy, and improve the heart.
Thyself a Mother, well thou sing'st the art
Of filial duty, and parental care;
O may thy lesson prove a useful chart
To guide thro' varied life the British Fair!
Caution'd by thee, may they avoid each snare
That vice conceals in pleasure's flow'ry way!
Where Innocence and Beauty, unaware,
Too often fall the dark deceiver's prey.
Delighted Virtue hovering o'er thy lyre,
Bids all her votaries listen, and admire.
HAFIZ.