1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Mr. Robertson, "Sonnet inscribed to Mrs. Robinson" Lloyd's Evening Post (28 September 1792) 307.



Though on thy cheek the native roses glow
Lovelier, when bath'd in sorrow's lucid tear;
Though more enchanting heaves thy "breast of snow,"
Pouring the sigh to pensive anguish dear;
Though sweeter flows the soul-dissolving lay,
When e'er thy lute throbs to that deep'ning sigh;
As to the plaintive gale of sinking day,
Vibrates the lyre of airy melody;
Yet, ah! were mine the anguish-healing art,
No more should sigh that beauteous "breast of snow,"
Soft throbbing to the touch of Sorrow's dart:
But, though no costly balm I can bestow,
Accept the inscense of a wounded heart,
Charm'd by thy magic melody of Woe.
London, Sept. 25, 1792.