1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

R. W., "Stanzas, written by a young Gentleman, at Winchester, on reading Mrs. Robinson's Walsingham" Express and Evening Chronicle (17 February 1798).



To the grave, to the gay, to the soft, and severe,
Thy pages a lesson shall give!
From sympathy's bosom extract the mild tear,
While instruction our Sages receive!

So just, so pathetic, so classic and chaste,
The moral is drawn to our view;
That while the sad tale is with energy grac'd,
The picture of fancy seems true!

Observant of Nature, yet richly array'd,
In the beauties of fiction we see,
That the scenes so romantic, so grandly pourtray'd,
Are all drawn, INSPIRATION, by thee!

Then dip thy bright pencil, O! soother of hearts!
In the colours that honour thy name;
And while the fond MUSE the proud magic imparts,
She shall crown THEE, — the darling of FAME!
Winchester, Feb. 12, 1798.