1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Henry Headley, "To Miss Aikin, written in a blank leaf of Sir William Davenant's Gondibert" Town and Country Magazine 17 (May 1785) 272.



The luckless leaf of this most dainty flower,
That Time's inclement cloud from early day,
(Gathering with wizard stealth its silent power)
Would fain, in wintery grave, have hid for aye;
Much good betide thy care, fair maid! resumes
Its youthful pride, and summer hues at last,
By thy soft hand attired, again it blooms,
And bright shall beam its day unconscious of the past.
Far from the Muse's bay-enwoven bower,
Like a lone vulture at his mangled spoil,
May Time o'er evil works for ever cower,
Nor know the limits of so sweet a soil.
Or when e'en thou art cold, obscure thy tomb,
Fate has deny'd him touch thy chaplet's living bloom.