ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
M***, "To Miss S— H—, at her Toilet" Gentleman's Magazine 13 (July 1743) 379.
1750 ca.: Thomas Edwards
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Samuel Richardson
1750: Joseph Highmore
1752: Thomas Edwards
1755: Bonnell Thornton
1755 ca.: Hester Mulso Chapone
1756: Bonnell Thornton
1760 ca.: Rev. John Duncombe
1784: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1804: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1743: Susanna Duncombe
Let Flavia strive (vain formal maid!)
With borrow'd charms to please,
Thy beauty wants no foreign aid,
You charm, and charm with ease.
To shine th' envious poet tries,
By rules of art confin'd;
See Shakespear's genius tow'ring rise,
And leave those rules behind.
Like you, the earth magnetick draws,
Its force each creature proves;
Pois'd by its own attractive laws,
Upon itself it moves.
With native lustre, native pow'r,
You pierce the lover's heart;
To dress, too apt to kill before,
Adds poison to the deart.