1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

William Bagshaw Stevens, "Sonnet, on Miss Seward's Poem, Llangollen Vale" Gentleman's Magazine 66 (May 1796) 421.



Cambria, exult! again a voice divine
Floats on thy hills, as erst wild-hymned the ear
Of FREEDOM, bending from her native shrine,
To white-rob'd BARDS, her genuine offspring dear,
Long her's and Fancy's pride, but vanish'd long.
Rejoice, yer rock-skreen'd Valleys, mute no more,
But echoing kindred energies of song!
That voice how sweet on Deva's haunted shore,
While fairy harps aerial music blend!
From glen to cliff, borne on th' enchanted gale,
Hark, in new triumph how the notes ascend,
Awak'ning transport in LLANGOLLEN'S VALE!
CAMBRIA, exult! and long the lay retain,
Though LICHFIELD boast the MISTRESS of the strain!
Repton, April 18.