1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

R. C., "Sonnet, to Mrs. Charlotte Smith" European Magazine 29 (March 1796) 201.



Ah, mournful Songstress! whose wild notes so sweet,
The thrilling warblings of whose plaintive lyre,
The pensive sons of Poesy admire,
And oft with tears thy tuneful numbers greet,
Sweet are thy notes upon the evening gale,
That murmurs where the streaming Arun flows,
Where oft thou told'st to pathless woods thy woes,
Filling with pensive tones the winding vale.
What though thy way is not bestrewn with flowers,
Though pleasure like a faithless vision's fled,
Still the fond Muse shall sooth thy gloomy hours,
And cull her choicest flow'rets for thy head;
While living in her fair unsullied page,
Thy name shall bloom through many a distant age.
Carlisle.