A Celebration of Women Writers

"To Mr. C— Senior, With a Drawing." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: The Writings of Jane Taylor, In Five Volumes by Jane Taylor. Volume I, Memoirs and Poetical Remains.. Edited by Isaac Taylor, Jr., of Stanford Rivers. Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1832. pp. 331-332.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

[Page 331] 



MY harp, though out of tune so long,
  May yield a simple strain:
I will not aim at lofty song,
  Well knowing that were vain.

And will you not the tribute own:
  The simple numbers hear?
May not affection's gentle tone
  Be soothing to your ear?

And may I hope the unpolished thought
  Your goodness will excuse?
Though surely ne'er for favor sought
  A less aspiring Muse.

Not born Parnassus' heights to hail,
  She shuns the lofty place;
And only owns a lowly vale,
  Embosomed at its base.

She never soared on Fancy's wing,
  Nor learned poetic art;
Nor knew she e'er to touch a string,
  But those that twine the heart.

Will you the humble traveller scorn,
  And mock her low estate?
Behold! all trembling and forlorn,
  She lingers at your gate.

[Page 332] 

But ah! of favor she despairs,
  And prays no more to roam;–
Then take the offering that she bears,
  And send her blushing home.

    November, 1807.


Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom