1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

G. I. L., "Sonnet. To Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 53 (October 1783) 870.



Poetic daughter, whose sweet lyre conveys
No common feelings to the human heart,
India's swart offspring, had they known thy lays,
Had felt the agony of sorrow's smart,
And from their rough hands dropt the angry dart:
E'en cruel prudence, list'ning to thy praise,
Had worshipp'd virtue in the youth she saw,
O'er ANDRE'S strangled corse strew'd honour's bays,
And mourn'd the sad severity of law:
And sure her Congress did not freedom draw,
Ne'er had deserved to hear thy hasty curse,
Oppression froze their breast, but pity's thaw
Had bid their melting spirits weep thy verse,
And print the kiss of love on ANDRE'S hallow'd hearse.