1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Thomas Trotter, "To Miss Seward, on reading her Poem on the Death of Major Andre. Written in 1782" European Magazine 17 (April 1790) 321.



While you, sweet nymph, the sacred rites prepare,
And plant the myrtle where the laurel grew,
Why streams afresh this sympathetic tear,
And all our sorrows at thy song renew?
What though not mark'd by monumental stone,
(That pious boon the savage land denies),
Some faithful flower by Springs first zephyr blown,
From vulgar dust shall point where Andre lies.
What though a nation's tears bedew the grave,
And Fame's loud trumpet echo every groan;
A brighter remnant Seward's Muse shall save,
By all the gentler Loves and Graces won.
O! had one spark of thy celestial flame
Warm'd the cold bosoms of Columbia's fair,
Thy favour'd youth had liv'd an honour'd name,
Or met that death the happiest heroes share!
Portsmouth Harbour, March 3rd, 1790.