1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Ann Radcliffe, "On Hayley's Life of Cowper" The Ariel [Philadelphia] 1 (6 October 1827) 97.



Oh! speak no more of fiction's painted woes:
Her labored scenes are colourless and cold,
Her high wrought sorrows are but dull repose,
Beside the tale that simple truth has told.
O'er the sad poet dead shall pity weep,
Weep tears of anguish, such as mothers shed
O'er the poor infant, when its palling lip
Moves with a last, faint smile; when drops the head
And the imploring eyes look up once more
To her whose fondness can no aid dispense;
'Tis well there is a higher world to soar
The accepted hopes of suffering innocence.