1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Robert Oliphant, Esq., "To Mrs. Robinson" European Magazine 26 (September 1794) 214.



Queen of the laurell'd lyre! whose classic hand
Can all the strings of magic sound command!
Whose fancy — grace — and energy — conspire
To match the lustre of a Sappho's fire!
Whose taste to Britain's letter'd page shall give
A wreath, new-born, to bid its glory live!
For ev'ry Muse shall lend her aid to bind
That verse, the speaking tablet of thy mind.
Then, from an humble son of Phoebus, deign
To list the numbers of an artless strain,
Which oft beneath these Gothic tow'rs were known
To feel the magic of thy melting tone:
For who insensible to song can be,
Whose soul, enamour'd, wooes the MUSE in THEE.
Trinity College, Cambridge.