1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Darwall

Henry Francis Cary, "Stanzas addressed to the Author" Darwall, Poems on Several Occasions (1794) 69.



Doom not to dark oblivion's shade thy lays,
Fearful of censure, or averse to fame;
In vain does genius grant her native rays,
Unless the world behold and own the flame.

The lovliest flow'r with useless beauty glows,
"That wastes its sweetness on the desert air,"
The public eye alone its worth bestows,
When seen it blooms more fragrant and more fair.