1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

J. N., "Sonnet to Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 61 (December 1791) 1140.



Bright Monitrix of Virtue's purest lore,
Form'd to instruct and please with sense refin'd!
The sweet effusions of thy sprightly mind
Sages and Beauties equally adore!
SEWARD, possess'd of every power to charm,
Sublimest Truths with liveliest Wit to blend!
Proceed, thy Sex's ablest, kindest Friend,
Folly's fantastic Legions to disarm.
Let Fashion's fluttering Votaries idly shine;
Be it thy task from error to reclaim:
So shall the well-earn'd laurel still be thine,
And Albion's Daughters still shall bless thy name;
Still shall the plaudits of the sacred Nine
Enraptur'd dwell on thy increasing fame!
Dec. 19.