1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Thomas Whicker, "Sonnet, humbly addressed to Miss Charlotte Smith, Author of the Recluse of the Lake" New Lady's Magazine 6 (July 1791) 333-34.



Hail, tuneful Smith, whose soaring Muse sublime
Has painted virtue in her native hue!
Has fill'd our souls with sympathy divine,
And with angelic pity made each bosom glow.
Hail, sacred fair, thou phoenix of thy sex,
Thou blessed symbol of fair Sappho's self,
Who has has to love sweet innocence prefix'd.
Sweet innocence, a gem surpassing wealth,
And all that hoarding avarice can boast,
Or the clear di'mond of fam'd Ophir's coast;
A gem, descendent from Elysium's mine,
Where Virtue mounts her golden car sublime;
May ev'ry fair, who loves the novelist, pursue
The pleasing precepts which her pencil drew.
Exeter.