1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Romeo, "Dramatic Fragments. Miss Seward" Tomahawk! or Censor General (2 December 1795).



'Twere dainty piece of art to compliment,
Well-tim'd and chaste; still bearing careless sound
Not to appear as flatt'ry, rank adulation,
But manag'd with true note of gallantry;
And win the songstress to her lyre again
My stars forbid. I trod not learning's path.
Untaught the chast'ning strain of Mantua's bard:
This glove were scarcely worthy of her hand,
And wights I know of Cam and Oxon too,
Whom fancy fits the courtly deed perform,
They oft, with anxious brow, and sigh suppress'd,
As fearful of th' event, enquiry make,
Has sickness sunk, debilitated, low,
Or indolence, with silken pleasure's wand,
Enerv'd the wond'rous powers of her mind.
Tinct'ring the speech with fond and friendly blame;
The cause lamenting much, loss unparagon'd,
Silence enwraps a lyre that erst such charms display'd!