1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Lisle Bowles

Mary Locke, "Sonnet addressed to the Rev. W. L. Bowles" St. James's Chronicle (7 May 1793).



Pour, pour again, sweet Bard, thy wonted strains,
Soft let them breathe on Sorrow's list'ning ear:
For who like thee so tenderly complains,
Stealing from Pity's eye the ready tear?
Resume thy lyre, and with a master's hand
Awake its chords, that now neglected lie;
Around each lover of the Muse shall stand,
Bath'd in delicious floods of harmony.
Nor thou refuse this weak, tho' willing, lay;
Nor with contempt the feeble praise regard
Of her, who, as she wanders on her way,
Forms a rude chaplet for her fav'rite Bard;
Whose melting strains congenial Virtue hears,
And weeps, and smiles, rejoicing in her tears.