1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Sheridan

W., "On seeing Miss Linley at the Oratorio" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (9 March 1773).



Let affectation musically vain
O'er its infatuated converts reign;
With well feign'd exstacy their voices raise,
Piercing the skies with sounding Linley's praise.
Die at each air, at ev'ry note expire,
Their souls according to the trembling lyre.
To heavens of harmony give up their hearts,
Indifferent to the joys which love imparts;
I feel with rapture all her powerful charms,
But be my heaven the heaven of Linley's arms.