1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ann Yearsley

The Cottage Mouse, "Sonnet addressed to Mrs. Anne Yearsley" European Magazine 16 (November 1789) 384.



In distant climes, where clogged with icy chains,
Far from the gentle Zephyr's fragrant breath,
Nine lingering months the northern tempest reigns,
And threats the vegetable world with death;

Soon as appears the sun's reviving beam,
And draws the snowy veil from Nature's face,
A thousand flow'rets open to the gleam,
And all its verdant youth and blooming grace.

Thy life, O YEARSLEY, was this winter's day,
Drear as the eternal frosts that bind the Pole,
Yet thro' the gloom burst forth young Fancy's ray,
And loos'd the "genial current of thy soul."

Nor stay'd till Plenty shew'd her laughing mien,
To cheer thy woes, and chace the wintry scene,
An earlier spring the sun of genius rear'd,
For ere the storm was pass'd the Muses flowers appeared.
Nov. 4.