1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

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



Sweet, tender, melancholy Melodist,
Who the light Quatuorzain hast raisd to Fame
And given elegiac Grace and Claim
To need no Praise, and fear no Satirist,
And softly warbling thy pathetic Lay
Canst make thy Cares, thy Anguish, all our own,
Tinging with Sorrow's hues Description's ray,
And breath thy Woe in Nature's heartfelt tone;
Or with thy SISTER-GRACE'S happy Skill
The full-voic'd TUSCAN LYRE canst modulate;
May I, unblamed, from the CASTALIAN Rill,
Thy amaranthine Wreaths hither translate?
And round the MUSE'S honord Temples bind,
With Wreaths from various Meads and cultur'd Gardens twin'd?