1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

William Hayley, "Lines on an embroidered Letter-Case" Bath Chronicle (5 October 1786).



The following lines were written by Mr. Hayley, on a Card inclosed in a work'd letter-case, embroidered by Mrs. Hayley, as a present to Miss Seward. One side represented a lyre; the other a wreath of laurel.

Go, graceful symbols of poetick fire,
What Friendship's needle has with pleasure trac'd;
Go! thou embroider'd wreath, and Muse's lyre,
A gift to Genius, from the hand of Taste.
Thou silken volume, by Eliza wrought,
When Seward's verse is treasur'd in thy folds,
Shield that bright charge, — and may thy form be thought
A casket worthy of the gem it holds!