1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Joseph Weston, "Sonnet: inscribed, in Memory of the Attic Evenings passed at the Palace in Lichfield" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (November 1788) 1008.



Sweet is the smile that plays upon the face;
Beauteous the ray that from the kindling eye
Darts; if the sprightly jest, the keen reply,
In amicable strife, eccentric, chase—
Like Boreal corruscations: but the race
Is run; is ENDED! — Down, officious sigh!
Suggesting ever that I cease to spy
Fancy's bright flash — thro' Candour's modest grace!
For comfort lost — from friend to friend I roam;
Ah! why should taste so foolishly refine?
Amaz'd — fatigu'd — I seek my jealous dome;
No Lares there, alas! propitious shine!—
Illum'd — then banish'd — to thy hateful HOME,
Poor — poor OMAI — what a fate was thine!
Nov. 10.