1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Anonymous, "On seeing the Daughter of Mrs. Charlotte Smith at the Ball at Brighton on Friday last" Morning Chronicle (11 January 1792).



A Grecian form, a Gallic pace,
A Vestal's heart and British face,
Yon brilliant circle far outshine;
And these, accomplished maid, are thine.

Not smoother glide thy mother's lays,
Than thou within the festive maze;
Nor sweeter sound her saphic feet,
Than thine in measur'd cadence beat.

Her lyre and daughter thus improve
The sweets of harmony and love;
Blest pair! whose teachers are divine,
The Muses her's — the Graces thine.