1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

John Henderson, "Impromptu on Mrs. Robinson, being present at the performance of the Marchant of Venice at Covent Garden" 1780; Robinson, Poetical Works (1806) 1:lii.



Whilst Macklin Shakespeare's Shylock holds to view,
See beauteous Robinson out-act the jew;
One pound of flesh his malice could assuage,
Her Christian charms severer bonds engage;
When love-inspiring eyes their darts dispense,
Who meets the glance must expiate th' offence;
In vain applause would pay the debt in part,
She claims the sacrifice of every heart.
J. H.
November 6th, 1780.