1808 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Trefusis

Richard Polwhele, 1808 ca; Poems (1810) 2:60.



Sweet Maid! enamour'd of thy witching strain,
Full soon would I approach thy gifted shrine;
Should the warm wish be not exprest in vain,
Or to my ruder song thy taste incline,
Whilst other minstrels win thy pleasur'd ear,
While Gifford pours his unaffected praise;
My little tribute of applause, I fear,
Would ill accord with more melodious lays,
But that, in Cornish vales, the balmy light
Illum'd our fields alike, our ancient bowers;
That in these woodwalks, on mine infant sight
Gleam'd from the westering wave Trefusis' towers;
Thy nicer sense of merit may beguile,
And promise favor in one partial smile!