1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Frances Arabella Rowden, "Dedication to Miss Mitford" Pleasures of Friendship (1810) iii-iv.



When with a Master's ardent soul inspir'd.
Ideal charms immortal ZEUXIS fir'd,
His bold conception rang'd the sphere of thought,
And to his aid assembled beauties brought;
The God of taste combin'd their sep'rate charms,
And bright perfection hail'd him to her arms;
But when a sister art here dar'd to trace,
Forgive th' attempt, the soul's sublimer grace,
Oft as her fancy sketch'd the feeling breast,
The heart where filial fondness shines confest,
The tender ties that kindred spirits bind,
And all the angel virtues of the mind,
From one pure source these soften'd tints she drew,
That source Affection, and her model, You.