1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

D. Al-n-by, "Extempore. On seeing a Lady weep at reading Clarissa" Westminster Magazine 4 (September 1776) 497.



If from the fictious tender tale,
The generous tear oft falls;
What wounds that gentle heart must feel,
When truth for pity calls.

Should disappointment goad our breast,
Or ill which life endures;
Happy the man whom Heaven hath blest
With sympathy like your's.