LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Verses on a Young Lady Playing on a Harpsichord and Singing by Tobias Smollett (1721-1771). This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 21st – November 28th, 2010.
Tobias George Smollett was a Scottish poet and author. He was best known for his picaresque novels, such as The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751), which influenced later novelists such as Charles Dickens.
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Verses on a Young Lady Playing on a Harpsichord and Singing
When Sappho struck the quivering wire,
The throbbing breast was all on fire;
And when she raised the vocal lay,
The captive soul was charm’d away!
But had the nymph possess’d with these
Thy softer, chaster power to please,
Thy beauteous air of sprightly youth,
Thy native smiles of artless truth—
The worm of grief had never prey’d
On the forsaken love-sick maid;
Nor had she mourn’d a hapless flame,
Nor dash’d on rocks her tender frame.
This week’s poem can be found here.