1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Tighe

P. T., "Written in a Copy of Mrs. Tighe's Poems" New Monthly Magazine 4 (November 1815) 328.



Within this book, as in a mirror, shines
A lovely mind, with ev'ry virtue blest;
The purest feeling marks th sweetest lines,
That e'er a tender female heart expressed.

Cold is that heart, the book alone remains
A faithful record of a breast so pure;
The sighs of death were pour'd in these sweet strains,
Yet these of death partake not, — these endure.

Fram'd with the fragile breath of sure disease,
What noble thoughts life's weakest period gave;
A mind of pleasure reft had power to please,
And o'er oblivion triumphed at the grave!