1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Anonymous, "Sonnet. On reading the Poems of Mrs. Charlotte Smith" Public Advertiser (3 April 1786).



And does thy muse demand, in plaintive strain,
Of happiness a better spring?
And does thy sweet, thy pensive song complain
Of the foul ills which all the seasons bring?
Say, has thy tender heart receiv'd the wound,
For whose sad anguish, in the stores of time,
No kind of healing balsam can be found?
And dost thou turn from this ungrateful clime,
Where the rank weeds of fraud and falsehood grow?
And does thy woe-worn spirit long to rest
Beneath the verdant turf where vi'lets blow?
Oh, let this humble carrol soothe thy breast:
Pass the dark gulph, and look beyond the tomb;
There virtue weeps no more, and springs eternal bloom!