1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Hannah More, in "Sensibility" Sacred Dramas (1782) 288-89.



To give immortal MIND its finest tone,
Oh, SENSIBILITY! is all thy own.
THIS is th' ethereal flame which lights and warms,
In song transports us, and in action charms.
'Tis THIS that makes the pensive strains, of GRAY
Win to the open heart their easy way.
Makes the touch'd spirit glow with with kindred fire,
When sweet SERENA'S poet wakes the lyre.