1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Henry Kett, "To Charlotte Smith" Juvenile Poems (1793) 22.



Of thee, fair mourner, o'er whose downcast face
Fortune has spread the sickly tints of grief;
Whilst Poesy to give thee sweet relief,
Essays with warblings mild thy woes to chase,
An emblem meet my search far roving finds,
Among the infant spring's first opening flowers,
Drooping its head, and wet with frequent showers,
The snow-drop trembles in the ruffling winds.
Yet seems its simple form in Fancy's eye
More lovely, since in rudest season born.
How piteous such a flower should bide the scorn
Of every surly storm that passes by!
How far more piteous surly storms should blow
'Gainst thee, whose song is echo to thy woe!