1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Oscar, "Written after perusing Mary de Clifford" Gentleman's Magazine 83 (November 1813) 472.



Oh! thou wert all my fancy has pourtray'd,
When my rapt spirit silently would rove,
To greet the image of some viewless maid,
And dream of beauty, virtue, and of love;
And I had hop'd, by fond enchantment led,
Such seraph soul might breathe in world like this,
Might breathe perhaps for me — now, now are fled
The early visions of romantic bliss.
Or, ling'ring yet, but wake the gushing tear
That falls in vain — too good thou wast for Earth,
Too fair and sweet a flow'r to blossom here:
And when I seek thy unpolluted worth,
Far, far from hence my mournful thoughts are riv'n—
When I do look for thee I only look to Heav'n!