1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Ethelinde [Charlotte Smith], "Sonnet" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (10 December 1789).



Pity the plainings of a Sonnetteer,
Whose mournful Muse so woefully can weep;
Her drooping hopes with kind subscriptions cheer,
So shall she still remain the friend of SLEEP.
Th' oblivious charm more potently to aid,
His drowsy jingle HAYLEY shall combine;
And pompous periods from the LITCHFIELD Maid,
Complete an off'ring fit for SOMNUS' shrine.
The torpid strain benumbing ev'ry sense,
All opiates shall transcend at Warwick-lane,
And our narcotic numbers sleep dispense,
When Poppy and Mandragora are vain:
E'en GOUT itself shall slumber o'er the lay,
And softly sink in leaden ease away.
ETHELINDE.