1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Lindor, "To Mrs. Robinson. On reading Walsingham" Morning Post and Gazetteer (11 January 1798).



Sweet Moralist! whose pen can trace
The varied scenes of splendid care;
Or, with resistless polish'd grace,
Improve the wise — instruct the Fair.

To thee a nation's thanks belong,
For while thy lessons warm the heart,
We soften with thy Classic song,
And bear in every scene a part.

Where'er thy fancy leads the mind,
The moral page enchains the soul;
And fix'd on every heart, we find
The magic of thy strong controul.

Then — still pursue the glorious toil,
Which gives to future times thy name;
And snatch, from every distant soil,
The laurels which shall crown thy fame.
Bath, Jan. 7th, 1798.