1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Duncombe

William Dodd, "On Seeing Miss H*h*re's Picture, done by Mr. H*h*re" Whitehall Evening Post (17 November1750).



By H*h*re late, from great Apelles sprung,
Led 'midst the Wise, the Great, the Fair and Young,
Where Art with Nature nobly seem at Strife,
The speaking Likeness crowding into Life:
Where soft Clarissa's Beauties rise to View,
Speak all her Woe, and all our Tears renew;
The Master to a Maid, ye Gods, how Fair!
Directs my Eyes, and Wonder fix'd them there.
"'Tis she, I know her by her Mien divine;
Blest Painter, where is Elegance like thine?
'Tis she, I cried, here, H*h*re, you excel,
None cou'd have fancy'd Beauty's Queen so well."
He smil'd; when lo — the living Picture came,
I blush'd, sigh'd, gaz'd, yet found each Grace the same,
A Venus still — but H*h*re is her Name.