1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

S. S. T., "On the reported Death of Mrs. Charlotte Smith" Gentleman's Magazine 65 (December 1795) 1040.



Spirits of air, who on the zephyrs float,
Or, whisp'ring sorrow, on the moonbeams play,
String your fine harps, awake each plaintive note,
And tune to sympathy the mournful lay!
And thou, sweet Bird; inspir'd by hopeless love,
In sounds more plaintive tell thy tender tale;
Let Charlotte's death thy pitying bosom move,
And wake the sorrow of the sighing gale!
Yes — weeping Fancy's beauteous child is gone.—
Hear the sad loss, ye melting Zephyrs, hear!
No more you'll sigh, while sorrowing Charlotte's moan
Calls from soft Pity's eye her tend'rest tear.
To yon fair orb remov'd, from care and grief
She finds — her wish on earth! — a kind relief.
Oxon. Nov. 21.