1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

Julia, "On Mr. Merry's Marriage with Miss Brunton, in consequence of her charming Performance of Zoriana in his Tragedy of Lorenzo" The Oracle (29 October 1791).



Tho' BEAUTY may charm the fond heart with a smile,
'Tis PITY'S meek sigh that can hold it secure;
The softness of Sorrow can gently beguile,
When the loud tone of Pleasure can scarcely allure.

The Eye that shone sweetly with fancied distress,
Now beaming with rapture, more lovely appears;
For the BARD'S proudest Laurels, he deigns to confess,
Were cherish'd by GENIUS, and nurs'd with HER TEARS.