1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

John Davis, "Sonnet, to Charlotte Smith, written at Savannah, April 10, 1799" City Gazette And Daily Advertiser [Charleston] (6 May 1799).



Blest Poetess! that tell'st so soft thy woe,
I love to ponder o'er thy mournful lay
In climes remote, where wan, forlorn, and slow,
To the wash'd strand, I bend my listless way.
Now on Savannah's beach I wayward read,
In joy of grief, thy pity-moving strain,
While smiles afar the variegated mead,
And not a wave disturbs the glassy main.
Like thee, the Muse has, from my infant hours,
With smiles alluring won me to the grove;
Snatch'd in a playful mood some scatter'd flow'rs,
To deck my head, gay emblems of her love.
But mine of light, deceitful hues are made,
While thine, of bloom perennial, ne'er will fade.