1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Capel Lofft, "To Miss Seward, on transferring her Sonnets into this Collection" 1805; Laura, ed. Capel Lofft (1814) No. CCLI.



Charm'd by thy Poesy if I aspire
With lays belov'd and honor'd thine to blend,
Let not the boldness of my Zeal offend:
Since thee the Master of the TUSCAN LYRE
Those Cadences, dear to the Delphic Quire,
Taught to the BRITISH Islands to commend.
The Sister Powers, MUSIC and SONG, befriend
Them with joint influence, love and admire
Their wondrous Consonance. — Nor Thou accuse
My purpose; nor this Transfer disapprove
That emulous the SONNET thus to grace,
Some precious Gems I have presum'd to use;
From their poetic Treasury remove,
And on the MUSE'S Shrine refulgent place.