"She bids the soften'd Passions live--/ The Passions urge again their sway."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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"She bids the soften'd Passions live--/ The Passions urge again their sway."
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Then Memory wakes the magic smile,
Th' impassion'd voice, the melting eye,
That won't the trusting heart beguile,
And wakes again the hopeless sigh!
Her skill the glowing tints revive
Of scenes that Time had bade decay:
She bids the soften'd Passions live--
The Passions urge again their sway
Yet o'er the long-regretted scene,
Thy song the grace of sorrow throws;
A melancholy charm serene,
More rare than all that mirth bestows.
Then hail, sweet Bird! and hail thy pensive tear!
To Taste, to Fancy, and to Virtue dear!"
(p. 182)
Searching Michael Gamer's online collection of Radcliffe's poetry at http://www.english.upenn.edu/~mgamer/Etexts/radcliffepoems.html
At least 11 entries in ECCO (1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1799, 1800).

See The Romance of the Forest: Interspersed With Some Pieces of Poetry. by the Authoress of "a Sicilian Romance," &c. in Three Volumes. (London: Printed for T. Hookham and J. Carpenter, 1791). <Link to ESTC>

Reading Ann Radcliffe, A Sicilian Romance. ed. Alison Milbank. Oxford and New York: OUP, 1993.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.