1731 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Judith Cowper Madan

Jane Brereton, "To the Author of the Progress of Poetry" 1731 ca.; Brereton, Poems on Several Occasions (1744) 88-89.



Hail, O tenth Muse! nor scorn the artless Praise,
One of thy Sex to thy smooth Numbers pays;
Thy mighty Genius in distinguish'd Light,
Soft-flowing, copious, active, strong and bright,
Artful displays a laurel'd sacred Train,
In so sublime, so heav'nly sweet a Strain,
The most harmonious of th' harmonious Choir,
Or Phoebus self might yield to Thee his Lyre.