1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Henry Francis Cary, "Sonnet" Seward, Llangollen Vale (1796) sig. A2.



DEVA, when next my vagrant steps explore
The haunts romantic, where thy silver streams,
On which the garish sun but seldom gleams,
Fill with their wild and fancy-soothing roar,
LLANGOLLEN'S verdant straights, and mountains hoar,
How shall I dwell enraptur'd on the themes,
That now th' immortal MUSE of Britain deems
Worthy her sacred scroll, unmark'd before!
The Steeds whose fetlocks swam in blood, the host
Of GLENDOUR, claiming Valour's brightest meed,
Hoel's love-breathing harp, and lays divine,
And the fair WANDERERS from Ierne's coast,
Who, to fond Friendship's gentle power decreed,
Rear in thy hallow'd Vale the simple shrine.
CANNOCK, December, 1795.