1792 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

John Taylor Esq., "To Mr. Jerningham, on his Epistle from Abelard to Heloise" 1792 ca.; Taylor, Poems on Various Subjects (1827) 1:200.



Too well, oh! feeling bard, thy lines pourtray
Of unpropitious love the soft despair,
The tears of Sympathy reward thy lay,
And her sad bosom swells with kindred care.
The dread solemnity of cloister'd grief,
Genius sublime, of love the hapless pity,
Life's horrid blank, precluding all relief,
Untimely blight in summer's glowing day:
Memorials sad of an ill-fated pair!
Touch'd by the charm the Muse alone can give;
Who dooms thy name in their renown to share.
And with the "well-sung woes" for ever live.
For like his fair now ABELARD shall move,
With mingled charms of poetry and love.