1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

J., "Sonnet on the Death of Charlotte Smith" Daily Advertiser (22 December 1806).



O Nature! simple, beautiful, and fair!
A lover hast thou lost, who knew thee well,
And well thy varied charms could sing:
How to my heart the gales convey her knell!
Ah! whose soft song with her's shall now compare?
Who tune the plaintive reed, or touch the trembling string?
Lo! yonder lies her Harp! — it seems to weep;
And as the wild winds idly creep,
It breathes a melancholy moan.
Beside it, all the beauties of the year,
That spring from FLORA — faded are;
All, all that in her sweet verse brightly shone,
And, lo! each MUSE, so graceful in her tears,
With her deathless laurel, the mournful cypress wears!