1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ann Yearsley

William Meyler, "To Mrs. Yearsley: with a few of my Fragments" 1787; Meyler, Poetical Amusement on the Journey of Life (1806) 144.



The native vigour of thy soaring Muse
Will the faint efforts of my lays excuse;
And though they boast not Inspiration's glow,
Nor smooth like thine, divine Lactilla, flow,
Yet by comparing their dull notes to thine,
Where purest thoughts in faultless measures shine,
They still may shew thee, Poetess sublime!
How distant Genius from the Man of Rhyme.

The lark, high soaring with melodious throat,
May pause, and listen to the linnet's note.