1740 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

Richard Yate, "To Miss Charlotte Brereton" Gentleman's Magazine 10 (December 1740) 618.



While near Sabrina's limpid stream,
I tun'd the trembling lyre,
On that exalted awful theme
That kindled Mose's fire.

Sudden was heard a doleful sigh,
The shepherds seem'd to know;
"MELISSA grieves, the shepherds cry,
May heav'n avert her woe."

MELISSA grieves! — hark! louder groans
Your fond mistake relate!
'Tis CAROLINA thus bemoans
Her lost MELISSA'S fate.

MELISSA, taught in years of youth,
True Wisdom's ways to prize;
Her numbers charm'd, — her form, — her truth,
But oh! — MELISSA dies!—

Thou dear inchantress of the plains,
Thy mournful tale give o'er;
We faint beneath thy pow'rful strains,
Our souls can bear no more.

Yet fainting thus beneath thy strains,
One pleasing truth we view,—
MELISSA'S better part remains,
MELISSA lives in YOU.