1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Leapor

Anonymous, "Sonnet on the late Mrs. Leapor" Magazine of Magazines 2 (April 1751) 371.



What pity, Mira, that on rural plains
From cities far remote thy tuneful tongue
In artless guise its dapper ditties sung.
Unheard, unheeded, save by Brackley's swains;
Since now (ah me!) an early urn contains
That lyre dame nature's boon, which thou among
The courtliest bards right deftly could'st have strung,
With strength unknown to learning's polish'd strains.
Thus of hy-tinctur'd hue the violet dwells
In some sequester'd vale, alone reveal'd
To ruddy milkmaids, yet no tulip shows
Such beauteous tints, and thro' the neighb'ring field,
It scatters a perfume that ev'n excells
The boasted fragrance of the garden rose.