1788
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

On Youth.

Gentleman's Magazine 58 (July 1788) 636.

Mrs. Moody


This imitation of L'Allegro takes the form of a catalogue poem in which the qualities of youth, in frolic measure, deck out their subject: "As thy opening charms advance, | See them all around thee dance; | See them all around thee bow, | Weaving garlands for thy brow." Mrs. Moody, not identified, displays an unusually light touch in the allegorical ode.



Blithsome Goddess! sprightly youth,
Source of innocence and truth,
Fairest virtues form thy train,
Choicest blessings crown thy reign;
As thy opening charms advance,
See them all around thee dance;
See them all around thee bow,
Weaving garlands for thy brow:
Health presents her ruddy face,
Vigour offers active grace;
Mirth bestows her harmless wiles,
Sportive frolicks, chearful smiles.
Beauty from her genuine springs,
In thy lap her treasure flings:
These combine to deck thy mien,
And on thy placid front are seen.
Nature brings her purest fires,
Love that glows with chaste desires;
Friendship undebas'd by Art,
Candour's unsuspicious heart;
Valour's generous ardent flame,
Burning with the thirst of fame;
These, in simple colours dress'd,
Grace the mirrour of thy breast;
Genius gives the tuneful quire,
Thine the harp and thine the lyre;
Thine the Poet's glowing themes,
Thine are Fancy's purest dreams;
Thine are Musick's softest powers;
Thine are Life's harmonious hours;
Thine the jocund spirits gay,
Dancing suns that round thee play;
Hope that every wish supplies;
Thoughtless ease that care desires;
Virtues, pleasures, half divine,
These, enchanting Youth! are thine.

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