1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

C., "On Reading a Work of great Celebrity by Miss Charlotte Smith, addressed to the Author" Western Review and Miscellaneous Magazine 4 (June 1821) 318-19.



Hail gentle Spirit! may no vulgar breath,
Sully the page where thy pure pencil glow'd!
In fairer colours painted spring's gay wreath,
Or in the smoother tide elegiac flowed!
The liquid lapse of dews soft eve distills
The silvery beaming of the moon's pale ray,
The lengthening shades which slope across the hills,
And earliest dawnings of the star of day,
Must yield the palm to Charlotte's gentle song,
When she divinely breathes the vocal strain,
Or from her lute the low-dirge glides along,
And breathes an opiate to the sting of pain!
Soft as the melting accents be thy bed!
And spotless laurels grace thy hallow'd head!