1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Humphreys

A Lady, "Written on a blank Leaf of Col. Humphrey's Poems" New York Magazine and Literary Repository 1 (October 1790) 604.



When first we heard the din of war,
And Death came threat'ning from afar,
Across the raging seas;
Thy tuneful lyre, O! had'st thou strung,
And Liberty's enchantments sung,
The music floating from thy tongue,
Had bid the tumult cease:
Soon had it quell'd the fierce alarms,
The foes, sooth'd by its soft'ning charms,
Had gladly thrown aside their arms,
And sued for smiling peace.
October 2, 1790.