1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Amicus, "Sonnet to Laura Maria, Author of many elegant Pieces of Poetry" State Gazette of South-Carolina [Charleston] (28 July 1791).



Hail, pensive songstress, whose entrancing lay,
So sweetly soothes the sadden'd soul to rest—
Pathetic sov'reign of the tender breast,
Gentle as eve, lustrous as the day.
Whether to plaintiff grove thy fancy lead,
To hermit's cave, or mountain's trembling height,
The battle's sanguine plain, the peaceful mead,
Still the fond muse attends thy fervid flight.
Description yields her pencil to thy hand,
The pencil, fraught with ev'ry varying dye,
A new creation springs at thy command,
And brighter beauties catch the ravish'd eye.
Ah! since o'er other hearts so potent known,
Why sadly doom'd to sink beneath thy own?