1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Anonymous, "On Reading Miss Mitford's Poem of 'The Pen and the Sword'" The Star (21 April 1810).



O'er harps of dying, and o'er piles of dead,
The daring Soldier, by Ambition led,
And Rapine, fiend abhorr'd,
Spurns the repose of dull domestic life,
And vaunts in deeds of sanguinary strife
The conquests of the Sword!

From scenes like these, sweet MITFORD loathing turns,
With zeal humane her tender bosom burns
To clear the eyes of men!
Her magic touch the musive veil removes,
Inspir'd by Poesy, she writes and proves
The triumph of the Pen!