1715 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Nathaniel Lloyd, "To Miss H—ll, with the Tatlers, Spectators, and Guardians" 1715 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 6:101.



While others, with consummate skill and care,
Direct thy motions, gesture, and thy air,
Dear girl (for perfect bliss, I hope, design'd),
Let me contribute to adorn thy mind.
May'st thou be free from blemish as from sin!
Without all lovely, and all pure within.
Charms personal, when once the bloom is past,
Without good sense and knowledge seldom last:
And sense and knowledge, if good-breeding fail,
To gain and keep our hearts will scarce avail.
Do thou for every grace have just respect;
Accomplishments external not neglect,
But let thy mind with choicest gifts be deckt:
Then Time to thee, while others will decay,
Shall give more beauties than he takes away.