1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Anonymous, "Sonnet: to Charlotte Smith" Universal Magazine 87 (July 1790) 42.



Spirit of gentleness! whose liquid song,
In such sweet numbers to my soul has flown,
That in thy griefs I've oft forgot my own,
Come minstrel mild, and with thee bring along
The Melancholy Lyre!
That, touch'd by thee, such fervour shall infuse,
That kindred passions shall our bosoms fire,
And sister sorrows shall invoke the Muse.
Be ours the pensive luxury to prove,
The sense that gives for others ills to mourn;
The sigh Compassion heaves for hopeless love—
The tear that Pity sheds upon its turn.
So may we learn the ills of life t' endure—
So sooth those sorrows which we cannot cure!