1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Mercutio, "Ode to Mrs. Robinson" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (9 July 1783).



Let pity, Robinson! prevail,
Come not abroad without thy veil,
'Twill keep our Belles serene;
On Ranelagh's enchanted ground
Ten thousand beauties charm us round
—Till your bright form is seen!

Then languid Benwell wins no more,—
We cease Dalrymple to adore;
See Wors—y's smiles suspend:
From Watson's side the beaus retreat,
While every gay Impure you meet
Parades it unattended.

These praise the lovely, crummy creature,
Those slight thy charms with sour ill nature,
In language coarse, or civil;
But — into shadow cast by thee,
In this one point they all agree,
To wish thee "to the devil!"

Yet cheer with mild enliv'ning ray,
Oh! brightest dame de Charite;
Each narrow plan dispose; — and
Scorn sordid snuffs in lanthorns pent,
Nor be to one thy radiance lent,
—Sun-like, oblige a Thousand!