1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Sheridan

Anonymous, "Addressed to Miss Linley, on her singing the song of 'O liberty, thou choicest treasure!'" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 March 1773).



Insulting fair one, will it not suffice,
That we confess the influence of your eyes,
With joy our boasted liberty resign,
And think th' oblation poor at such a shrine,
But most you still those heav'nly strains employ
To decorate the freedom you destroy;
Just paint the transient bubble as it flies,
And teach us, what is ours no more, to prize?