1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Carlos, "To Laura Maria" New London Magazine 8 (Supplement, 1792) 614-15.



Fairest boast of womankind,
Form enchanting, witching mind;
Softness deck'd with solid sense;
Queen of soothing eloquence;
Peerless Muse of gentle song,
Loveliest of the lovely throng;
Fashion's model, nymph divine;
Take the wreath so justly thine.
Take the laurel's verdant bough,
Twine it round thy graceful brow;
Take the rose and let it rest
On thy snowy, feeling breast;
No, the blushing victim spare,
Do not place thy emblem there;
For, beneath thy azure eye,
Touch'd with envy, it will die.
Take the lily, let each sweet
Glow, thy gentle sense to greet;
Mark its silken leaves, how rare!
Emblems of thy breast, my Fair!
White as Alpine snows they be;
Cold as snows that breast to me.