1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Susanna Pearson, "Sonnet to Miss Seward, after reading her Elegy on Captain Cook" Literary Magazine and British Review 4 (January 1790) 59.



Fair SEWARD! while his deeds whose hapless fate,
Call'd from thy mournful shell its sweetest note,
While these the youth of Britain shall elate,
Young genius rouze, or kindle daring thought;
Or his mild isles upon the southern main,
Lift their green bosoms in primaeval bloom;
Or nature's hands the polar ocean chain,
And wrap its limits in tremendous gloom;
So long the Muse who sung his warmth benign,
And to the world's dark bound'ries mark'd his course,
Breath'd her rich music o'er his plumed shrine,
And track'd his spirit to its awful source:
So long her melodies shall charm the ear,
Shall humanize the heart, and wake the pleasing tear!