1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

H—n, "Lines addressed to Mrs. Barbauld" Town and Country Magazine 18 (August 1786) 438.



In dalliance lost, in Fancy's regions gay,
Let tinsel bards consume their rose-wing'd hours,
And forms ideal wooe, in Thespian bow'rs,
Their sight too weak for truth's unclouded ray.

Be thine the joy to sweep the flaming lyre,
Thy taste sublime, by Reason more refin'd,
When thy chaste bloom feels the hallow'd fire,
Or pierce the vast profundity of mind!
Fraught with th' orient gems of wisdom's page,
Live still superior to a trifling age.