1760 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Pennington

Frances Sheridan, in "Ode to Patience" 1760 ca.; New Monthly Magazine 1 (July 1814) 573.



When robb'd of what I held most dear,
My hands adorn'd the mournful bier
Of her I lov'd so well;
What, when mute sorrow chain'd my tongue,
As o'er the sable hearse I hung,
Forbade the tide to swell.*

* Mrs. Sheridan here alludes to the amiable Miss Pennington, author of the Copper Farthing, a poem, in imitation of Philips's Splendid Shilling, and some other pieces. She died in 1759, aged twenty-five.