1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

St. Preux, "To Mrs. Robinson" New London Magazine 8 (September 1792) 422.



Sweet Laura, one smile of compassion I crave;
Since I own, without flatt'ry, or art;
Not e'en beauty, like thine, could have made me a slave;
But I yield to the charms of thy heart.

Thy mind so expanded, so sweet thy soft smile,
So solid thy judgment; so true;
Thy voice would an Hermit, to rapture beguile,
And he'd yield his sage precepts to you.
Sussex, Sept. 2, 1792.