1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

John Taylor Esq., "To Miss Mitford, on her Poems on the Female Character" The Sun (5 January 1813).



Thy Tale of BLANCH, ingenious Fair,
Describes a mind so rich and rare,
It seems an obvious sign
That all the virtues in her breast
Are with such vivid truth exprest
Because they glow in thine.

But, though in virtues both agree,
Oh! may her fate be far from thee,
Of DEATH th' untimely prey—
Long may'st thou live to strike the lyre,
Not more to charm an anxious Sire,
Than all who read thy lay.