TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
LADY MARY COKE
THE gentle maid, whose hapless tale
These melancholy pages speak;
Say, gracious lady, shall she fail
To draw the tear adown thy cheek?
No; never was thy pitying breast
Insensible to human woes;
Tender, though firm, it melts distrest
For weaknesses it never knows.
Oh! guard the marvels I relate
Of fell ambition scourg'd by fate,
From reason's peevish blame:
Blest with thy smile, my dauntless sail
I dare expand to fancy's gale,
For sure thy smiles are fame.