1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Maria Porter

J. S., "Sonnet, to Miss Anna Maria Porter" Le Beau Monde 3 (May 1808) 275-76.



Say sweet Enthusiast, hast thou really felt
With all its gay delights, that "Life is pain?"
Dost thou in strains, which every heart must melt,
Depict experienced ills, and feelingly complain?
Ah, much I hope these midnight thoughts of thine,
Are but ideal griefs and fancied woe;
Can'st thou have cause to weep o'er love's decline?
To mourn a faithless friend, or dread a secret foe?
I too would kneel and thank that power divine,
Not which removes, but makes thee still its care,
Of beauty, innocence, and worth like thine,
Believe me, Anna, we've not much to spare.
Then string thy lyre anew, — "avaunt the idle dream,"
Again, "be health thy hope, and pleasure be thy theme."