1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

E. & A. H., "On receiving a Lock of Mrs. West's Hair" Gentleman's Magazine 84 (October 1814) 366.



Fair Berenice's locks of gold,
By flattering courtiers we are told,
Swift to the skies ascended;
But WEST'S "blanch'd tresses," doubly dear
To grateful hearts and love sincere,
A humbler fate attended.

The Constellation, Poets own,
Astronomers the name have known,
The name of useless beauty:
And WEST'S fair fame shall never cease,
Who, whilst she points the path to peace,
Still treads the path of duty.

And tho' no Pagans own the sign
To hail her present, yet be mine
An index to the skies,
Recalling all the truths she taught,
With Virtue's strongest magic fraught,
To my admiring eyes.
Cheltenham, Oct. 18, 1814.