ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Samuel Croxall
Anonymous, "To a young Lady, with the Fair Circassian, on her asking for the Poem" Scots Magazine 1 (October 1739) 476.
Rev. Samuel Croxall:
1727: Joseph Mitchell
1795: Walter Savage Landor
1807: Robert Southey
1889: Edmund Gosse
Wrapt up in artful phrase, and neat disguise
Of polish'd stile, the am'rous poison lies.
The luscious sweets of love are here convey'd
In softest numbers, to the gentle maid.
With sweetly-moving sounds he sooths her ear,
And with a fair pretence allays each fear.
Thus, like the wily serpent, he deceives;
For in her race exist a thousand Eves.
Then read with caution, cautiously approve;
Our ears and heart too soon are charm'd by love:
Th' insinuating tale allures like Circe's tongue,
And oft betrays the innocenct and young.