1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

A, "Verses sent to a Lady with Lyttelton's Poems" European Magazine 7 (March 1785) 227.



If classic vigor, tenderness and ease,
And magic sweetness boast the pow'r to please;
These polish'd strains, in Hagley's shades inspir'd,
Enrich'd by judgment and by fancy fir'd,
Claim warmest tribute of applause from those,
In whom the vivid beam of candour glows.

How tasteless those who coldly can peruse
What springs from LYTTELTON'S melodious muse;
When generous Lucy, rich to beauty's smiles,
And deck'd with wisdom's fascinating spoils,
Inspires the verse that glows with love sincere,
And wakes compassion's sympathising tear.

She breathes no more! — but, peerless CHURCH, in you
Her splendid virtues hourly bloom anew!
You, from whose lips endearing accents flow;
You, in whose bosom Friendship loves to glow;
You, born celestial raptures to impart,
And sweetly captivate the coldest heart.
Thus too canst boast the soul-enchanting pow'r
That beams refulgence on the social hour;
Canst brighten sorrow's solitary glooms,
Since pity's chearing sun thy breast illumes.