1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

M. D., "To Charlotte Smith, Author of Elegiac Sonnets, Emeline, &c." 1789; Dublin Evening Post (2 January 1790).



Sweet plaintive mourner! that still lov'st to dwell,
Like thine own favourite bird, in evening's shade,
And through the gloom, thy tender sorrows tell,
To the pale moon that silvers o'er the glade.
Ah! whence proceed these thrilling notes of woe?
With mournful melody that swell the gale;
That force the sympathising tears to flow,
And smother'd sighs from mute attention steal?
Say, could our cruel faithless perjur'd sex,
From that soft bosom wring these melting strains?
Could savage man that feeling spirit vex,
And flow these warblings from unfancy'd pains.
May those soft strains, still sooth thy wounded breast,
And thine own warblings sing thy griefs to rest.
Stephen's Green,
December 29.