1772 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Richard Fenton, "Left on a Lady's Table, as an Apology for not waiting till her return from the Play of Elfrida" 1772 ca.; Poems (1790) 2:88-89.



Fain would I stay, but for the Muse's sake
Those sacred moments I must not profane;
When each fine feeling of the heart's awake,
And the eye swells, to honour MASON'S strain.

Crush not the soft emotions in their birth,
Nor let me urge my visit to a crime,
The vacant mind, with its officious mirth,
Might break some gath'ring drop before its time.

Delightful feast! — but dangerous 'twere to stay,
A heart like mine forebodes a thousand fears;
Beauty like yours is powerful every way,
But ah! how irresistible in tears!