1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Arno, "To Laura Maria" The Oracle (23 November 1792).



What meet, and not one ardent line
To call thy BEAUTY, WIT, divine!
To pluck APOLLO from his sphere,
And place THEE, brighter planet, there,
Sweet Star of Poesy? Not one.
I live for sacred Truth alone.
I will not bid Creation sweep
Her Children to Oblivion's deep;
No frenzied flame my face shall flush,
Nor shall the Lord of NATURE blush
The wild tumultuous dance to see
Of METAPHORS in misery.
No; thou art all that sober mind
To fancied LAURA e'er assign'd.
Enough for me the tender thought,
That dwells upon THEE as it ought;
That, never fearing change nor end,
Enraptur'd hails the lovely FRIEND.
Thursday Morning.