1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Richard Alfred Davenport, "Sonnet to Mary Russell Mitford," 1815; L'Estrange, Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford (1882) 78-79.



Mary, 'tis sweet from all the giddy throng
Retired "at eve, when all the birds are still,"
To hear the lone and plaintive warbler trill,
By melody inspired, the liquid song.
'Tis sweet, reclined the woodland shades among,
To list from Eol's lyre the tones that fill
The breast with tenderness, or wildly thrill,
As zephyr breathes the magic chords along.
But sweeter than to hear the night-bird singing
When peace reposes on the moon-lit plain,
Or tones from airy lyre of Eol ringing
In bonds of harmony the soul that chain,
Oh, sweeter far, diviner pleasure bringing,
To hear thee, Mary, pour thy heavenly strain!