1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Hampden, "Sonnet to Mrs. Robinson" Morning Post and Fashionable World (13 November 1794).



As Lesbos Sappho boasted first in Fame!
So Peerless Muse thy adorns our shore,
So future Bards shall celebrate thy name,
E'en till this sea-girt Isle shall be no more!
Then mock the venal titles of a day,
Nor mourn of wordly gifts, a niggard store;
Thy Genius shines with such a vivid ray,
As makes the gems of fortune dimly poor!
For when in shrouded dust, the dull and vain,
Shall moulder, lost, forgotten and unknown;
The pensive eye shall pore upon thy strain,
And thy illustrious talents proudly own!
Then, smile, and feel thyself supremely great,
And leave to Little Souls, the pomp of Idle State.
Oxford, Nov. 5, 1794.