1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Cyane, "The Measure of the first Verse of Miss Seward's Ode (inserted in Tuesday's Paper) imitated" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (17 January 1787).



An untaught Bard salutes thy well earn'd fame,
Thou glory of the Female name,
Fair, learn'd and wise — sweet subject of my song!
May Heav'n thy years prolong;
And be thy labours crown'd
With honour, joy, and love:
May peace for ever beam around;
And may thy genius still prolific prove,
It will — and women yet unborn
Shall with thy fame their own adorn.
Boast as their sex's praise thy eccentrick soul,
And in Fame's illustrious page thy name inroll.
Jan. 17, 1787.