1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Anonymous, in "Memoirs of Charlotte Smith" Baltimore Repertory 1 (May 1811) 181.



Of Mrs. Smith's poetry it is not easy to speak in terms too high. There is so much unaffected elegance; so much pathos and harmony in it; the images are so soothing and so delightful; and the sentiments so touching, so consonant to the best movements of the heart; that no reader of pure taste can grow weary of perusing them. Sorrow was her constant companion; and she sung with a thorn at her bosom, which forced out strains of melody, expressive of the most affecting sensations, interwoven with the rich hues of an inspired fancy. Her name therefore is sure to live among the most favoured of the Muse; but in gratitude for the long and exquisite pleasure I have received from her compositions, I feel some satisfaction in making this humble and hasty attempt to do justice to her character.