1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Eyles Irwin, "To Mrs. Charlotte Smith, on her various Works" Gentleman's Magazine 64 (November 1794) 1035.



Creative mind! who, from Invention's store,
Draw'st forth thy treasures to the dazzled day;
As Phoebus' pow'r invade the realms of Ore,
And gems and metals own his vivid ray:
The vagrant Muse, who, whilom, touch'd her lyre
On Tygris' banks, or Petrea's steril way,
Gave Afric's headland to the sounding wire,
And late to sportive measures woke Cathay,
Demands, while tempted in thy track to stray
Untravel'd, whence of vary'd life thy lore?
Thy novel pictures, and thy moral fire?
Whence sages grow enlighten'd, as they pore?
Demands — and, anxious for one lasting lay,
To Nature and to SMITH appropriate praise would pay!
Canton, Nov. 7, 1793.