1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

W. Woolston, "To Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 69 (November 1799) 975.



Albion, exult! Italia, boast no more,
Poetic land, thy Petrarch's deathless name;
The Muse from thee averts her antient claim,
And friendly hails Britannia's fost'ring shore.
Here no dread cries of War her ear assail—
Far loftier notes than his she deigns to pour,
In dulcet musick, round the happy bow'r,
Where Love and Friendship bless Llangollen's vale.
What strains extatic charm my ravish'd ear!
Methinks some heav'n-taught Seraph trills his lyre;
Ah, no — 'tis thine, thou dear Enchantress fair,
That kindles in my breast this sacred fire.
For thee the Muse selects her choicest bough,
To bloom with matchless grace unfading on thy brow.