1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Maria Porter

John Taylor Esq., "Impromptu, on receiving an Invitation 'to meet Two Spinsters,' Miss Porter and Miss M. Porter" The Sun (16 May 1818).



"To meet TWO SPINSTERS"! What a shame,
Such women still should bear the name;
Women of knowledge, taste, and parts,
With genial, friendly, tender hearts.
But no — the men are not to blame,
Since to such treasures all would aim,
Yet none could urge a proper claim;
Treasures which those who know them know
Excel all riches could bestow,—
No — none have worth enough to gain
The hand of either of the TWAIN.
Oh! NATURE, when these Sisters fair
Thou form'dst, ah! why not match the Pair?
But such a work surpass'd thy skill,
And hence they must be SPINSTERS still.
T.