1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Amelia Opie

Anonymous, "On Reading Mrs. Opie's admirable Work, Temper, or Domestic Scenes" Imperial Magazine 4 (December 1822) 1118.



What gives to homeliness a charm,
Unfading bloom, resistless grace,
Which Time improves, whose ruthless hand
Destroys the witchcraft of the face?

A Temper even and benign,
Sedate amidst the storms that rise
On life's tempestuous sea, — serene
As ev'ning suns in cloudless skies.

What adds to beauty's winning smiles?
What rivets beauty's pleasing chain?
What most attracts the good and wise?
What will esteem and love obtain?

A Temper smooth as flows the stream,
Unruffled as the vernal air,
When zephyr waves his silken wings,
Good Temper makes the fair — more fair!

It gives a fascinating grace,
When sets the sun of beauty's pow'r,
As rising Cynthia's placid beam
Sheds lustre on the midnight hour.