1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Anna Seward, "To the Author" Polwhele, Influence of Local Attachment (1798) iv.



POLWHELE! whose genius, in the colours clear
Of lyric grace and philosophic art,
Traces the sweetest feelings of the heart,
Scorn for thy Muse the envy-sharpen'd spear,
In darkness thrown, when, shielded by desert
She seeks the immortal fane. To virtue dear
Thy verse esteeming, feeling minds impart
Their vital smile — their consecrating tear.
Fancy and judgment view with gracious eyes
Its kindred tints, that paint the silent power
Of local objects, deeds of high emprize
To prompt; while their delightful spells restore
The precious vanish'd days of former joys,
By Love or glory wreath'd with many a flower.