1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

S. A., "Sonnet, addressed to Miss Seward" European Magazine 9 (June 1786) 454.



Whilst others waste the swiftly-circling hour
'Mid the loose pleasures of a glittering ring,
Be thine, sweet songstress of the grove, to sing
The chaster transports of the humbler bower.
Touch'd by thy genial strains, the bosom glows,
Now smiles illume, now trickling tears distain;
This soothes to rest, that plants the thorny pain!
Here scenes of bliss, there rise unnumber'd woes!
Fair fav'rite of the Nine! those paths pursue,
Which lead to Virtue's, Learning's bright abode.
Thy modest merit, unassuming claim,
Not Envy's canc'rous tooth shall dare corrode.
Still copy life: So shall the portrait true,
Its skilful artist crown with deathless Fame.