1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Thomas Park, "To Miss Seward" Park, Sonnets, and other small Poems (1797) Sig. A.



Will BRITAIN'S MUSE, who foremost rush'd to hail
Her Country's Chief; the memory of the Brave
Whose tear embalm'd; who, o'er the Hero's grave
That dropt untimely, swell'd with glory's gale
Her epic strain. Will SHE, who cloth'd Love's Tale
In verse more lovely; or, by Deva's wave,
The deeds of elder Cambria loudly gave
Again to fame! Will SHE with friendship's veil
Shield "rebel-rhyme," ev'n while her hands prepare
To shew that studious art and taste refin'd,
Can make our rugged language graceful wear
Ausonian chains. Will SEWARD'S loftier mind
These lays regard? — Yes: for her liberal care
Round Poesy's fair steep hath made them easier wind.