1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

John Taylor Esq., "Lines, on seeing the Beautiful 'Ode to the Poppy' attributed, in a Morning Paper, to a Mr. O'Neale" The Sun (17 July 1807).



And shall the hapless Muse, whose plaintive song
Can touch the heart with Pity's softest pow'r,
Lose the fair honours that so well belong
To her sweet strains on Sorrow's fav'rite Flow'r?

No — TIME shall ne'er annul her rightful claim,
Nor rob that Flow'r of its poetic bloom;
Secur'd from Spoilers, by protecting FAME,
It decks, in native beauty, CHARLOTTE'S tomb.
T.