1800 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Capel Lofft, "On Reading Mrs. Robinson's Poetical Works" 1800 ca.; Laura, ed. Capel Lofft (1814) No. DVI.



Not to thy Form, of soul-enchanting Grace;
Not to thy swan-like Neck, thine Arm most fair:
Not to thy silver Voice, whose Heaven-fraught Air
The frenzied Horror of Despair could chace:
Not that mild-beaming Eye, that lovely Face,
Whose sweet-etherial Power far thence could bear
The stormy Gloom from the stern brow of Care:—
Not all which charm'd the admiring sight to trace,
These lines are vow'd. — Nor seek they a Return
Of Sentiment: — they breathe but to thine Urn,
High-gifted ROBINSON! — with Grief they say
All these transcendant Charms avail'd thee not;
They fill'd with Misery thine envied Lot—
Thy GENIUS, LYRE, and HEART waft thee to cloudless Day.