1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

T. B****s, "Impromptu, on Female Excellence" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (31 May 1779).



Let snarling Wits, and half-brain'd Stoics say,
Women are good for nothing — but for play;
View MORE, view COWLEY, and twenty score more,
'Twill prove they're fools, and beneath them much lower;
For by their sweet forms, and their lovely address,
They make fools of us all — which we seldom confess;
And then for their minds, when Reason's their guide—
Good Gods! to immortals they must be ally'd.
Queen-street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields.