1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Carlos, "To Mrs. Robinson" New London Magazine 8 (June 1792) 277.



Admir'd and lovely as the Paphian Maid;
Beauty's bright model, love's bewitching form!
Oh gentle Laura, thou in smiles array'd,
My flinty heart to tender hopes can warm;
Unpitied must he grieve, who loves thee so?
Say must he steal subdued, from ev'ry eye?
Ah! if consign'd to bear this load of woe,
Say, but "despair," — and bid thy victim die.
Some pity then will from thy lips depart,
Some comfort visit him — who loves but thee;
Who feels thy beauty wound about his heart,
And struggling pants for death — to set him free!
And since thy cruel breast refused to save,
I only ask one tear, to glisten on my grave.
June 1st, 1792.
Queen's Coll. Oxford.