1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Robert Farren Cheetham, "To Miss Seward, on her exquisite Poem, intituled Llangollen Vale" Gentleman's Magazine 66 (September 1795) 774-75



What sweet melodious sounds, what floating song,
Drinks my fond ear enraptur'd? From the skies
Some shell angelic pours its melodies,
Llangollen's Vale and Deva's streams along.
Why starts my hair, when, with the mental eye,
I view Death's pallid horse, and steeds imbru'd
In streaming life? Why heaves my bosom high
For ill-star'd Hoel, by stern Fate pursu'd?
Why glows my breast the matchless pair to know
That deck this seat of charms? Fair Seward's skill,
Whose burning thoughts the soul's recesses thrill,
Gives my rapt mind, at will, to joy or woe.
Lo! Denham from his laurel'd mountain bends,
To her presents his crown, and, smiling re-ascends.
Brazen-nose College, Oxford.