1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

W., "Sonnet, inscribed to Miss Charlotte Smith" New Lady's Magazine 3 (December 1788) 664.



Sweet Philomela pours the plaintive strain,
Her magic numbers charm the raptur'd ear;
In orphic music spreads the mental pain,
To musing melancholy's sons so dear.
And Echo list'ning to the tender tale,
Transmutes her nature to the gentle sigh;
The whispering breezes tell it o'er the dale,
And Philomela's name shall never die.
Thus sung a swain at close of parting day,
Vainly regretting that the song of woe
Was not expanded thro' the lengthen'd day,
For beauteous Smith has Philomela's glow,
Whose lays to melancholy's sons so dear,
Expand soft pity thro' each circling year.