1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Thomas Gent, "Sonnet, on the Death of Mrs. Charlotte Smith, by the Author of Poetic Sketches" The Sun (25 July 1807).



Sweet Songstress! whom the melancholy Muse
With more than fondness lov'd; For thee she strung
The lyre, on which herself enraptur'd hung,
And bade thee through the world it's sweets diffuse.
Oft hath my childhood's tributary tear
Paid homage to the sad harmonious strain,
That told, alas! too true, the grief and pain
Which thy afflicted mind was doom'd to bear.
Rest, sainted Spirit! from a life of woe;
And though no friendly hand on thee bestow
The stately marble, or emblazon'd name,
To tell a thoughtless world who sleeps below,
Yet, o'er thy narrow bed a wreath shall blow
Deriving vigour from the breath of Fame.