1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Mary Darwall, "To Mr. Cary, in Reply [to Stanzas addressed to the Author]" Darwall, Poems on Several Occasions (1794) 70-71.



Thanks to the gen'rous Bard who wou'd inspire
With confidence a timid female mind,
Which doubts the influence of poetic fire,
Whose traits by nature only are design'd.

Fearful alike of censure or of fame,
In sweet oblivion's peace she loves to rest,
If partial friends approve the lambent flame,
She deems herself superlatively blest.

On Tenglio's banks the fairest roses bloom,
Uncropp'd, untainted by invidious hands,
To the soft breeze they yield their rich perfume,
And pour their fragrance o'er rejoicing lands.

E'en so my simple Muse delights to rove,
Screen'd by obscurity from blame or praise,
Yet blest if she from the sequester'd grove
To merit's wreath can add one leaf of bays.