1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Edward Pye-Waters, "To Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (April 1788) 347.



Enchanting Seward, mistress of the lyre!
Whose glowing numbers animate each swain,
And into every breast such rapturous fire
Infuse, as late adorn'd sweet Hayley's strain;
What time he stray'd th' Aonian wilds among,
Culling, with haste refin'd and nicest care,
Each lovely sweet to decorate his song:
Deign now, of Poesy the brightest fair,
Deign to accept a youthful poet's lay,
Who, tracing oft with zeal thy numbers bland,
Whether when Lucifer leads on the day,
Or gentle Evening, with dew-sprinkled hand,
O'er the hush'd woods her shadowy mantle throws,
With Emulation's fires at every beauty glows.
Free School, Berks.