1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

William, "Sonnet, inscribed to Miss Seward" Hibernian Magazine (February 1790) 184.



'Tis thou, O Seward! pleasing strik'st the lyre,
Which thou can'st make melodiously impart
Its lovely notes to thrill the human heart,
With sounds that all approving must desire!
Go on, enchantress! tune again thy lays,
So well deserving of the greatest praise
That can be given by a grateful land
To Sonnets fraught with true poetic fire,
As in thine, fair Anna! ever bland
With ev'ry grace and merit to admire:
Long may you flourish in a vernal morn,
Nor pass away too like the fleeting gale,
But here remain, your country to adorn
With thy sweet Muse, which fragrance does exhale.