1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

William Newton, the Peak Minstrel, "Sonnet to Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 59 (January 1789) 71.



Seward, whose melting and pathetic lyre,
To pity, love, and friendship's hallow'd strain
Responsive, how shall I, unskill'd, attain,
To mix the wild notes of my warbling wire,
In the full cadence of that plausive choir,
Thy praise resounding? happy could I gain
Access, tho' hard, within the Muses' fane;
And there behold (so high my thoughts aspire)
Thy honour'd temples by the Sister's bound
With their bright chaplet of unfading hue,
Graceful. Ah blest, might I — tho' far beneath
Thee peerless, with every bud and flowret crown'd
Of Poesy, gemm'd with Aonian dew,—
Add one poor field-flower to thy blooming wreath!
Tideswell, Jan. 12.