1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Anonymous, "Sonnet, addressed to Messrs. Cary and Lister" Gentleman's Magazine 59 (March 1789) 258.



So have I seen the rose and woodbine blend
Their lovely flowers, as growing side by side,
With rival odours, rival colours dyed,
And grace and fragrance to each other lend.
Thus oft, when silence and when night befriend,
The woodlark and the nightingale have vied,
With equal sweetness and unenvious pride,
While heaven's high arch the moon's pale beams ascend.
Twin stars, of kindred lustre, kindred worth!
Your heaven-descended harmonies ye prove,
By blameless minstrelsy, and blameless love:
Sent but awhile to light and charm the earth,
Again your tuneless spirits glad shall rise,
To sing eternal, in their native skies.