1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Noel Clarke Mundy

Edwin, "Stanzas to F. Mundy, Esq. occasioned by the persual of his beautiful Elegies" Westminster Magazine 3 (March 1775) 160.



I read, admir'd, and envied as I read,
And long'd to imitate thy graceful lay,
With thee to heave the sigh, the tear to shed,
And give to sympathy the live-long day.

And sure to heave the sigh, to shed the tear,
To give to sympathy the live-long day,
To read, to envy, envying to revere,
And long to imitate thy graceful lay.

These may be mine: but oh! the hope be far,
The daring hope to match thy tender strain;
Thine, happy Bard! is ev'ry favouring star,
And mine to strive and wish, and strive in vain.

Tho' equal passions agitate my breast,
Tho' equal love relume my languid eye;
Tho' equal cares my absent hours infest,
And equal pleasures tune my soul to joy;

Ah! yet to me has niggard Fate denied
The power to picture what I strongly feel;
The blush of greatness, or the sneer of pride,
How deep they wound me I may ne'er reveal!

To paint my love, my passions to express,
Describe my pleasures, or unfold my cares,
Tho' ev'ry power of song I oft caress,
Vain my caresses, vain, alas! my prayers.

Yet even I may praise thy graceful lay,
Or wish to praise what praise like mine may scorn;
Yet even I may long to twine the bay,
And with the choicest wreaths thy brow adorn.

* See Poems in 4to, printed for Jackson, Oxford, 1768.