1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Flora, "Queries, proposed to the amiable Miss S—w—d, of L—" St. James Chronicle (4 December 1766).



Why is the Rose of a Vermilion Hue?
Why is the Vi'let deck'd in azure Blue?
Why doth the Lily shew so heav'nly White?
Are they dependent on the Rays of Light?
Or do they on thy lovely self rely?
Bloom when thou smilest, when thou frownest, die?
The Marygold displays its burnish'd Gold,
The Tulip doth a thousand Charms unfold;
The rich Carnations, variegated, rare,
Some Secret Pow'r, or Cause thereof declare;
O then inform me, if in thy bright Eyes,
That Cause is center'd, or — in Phoebus lies?