1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Duncombe

M***, "To Miss S— H—, at her Toilet" Gentleman's Magazine 13 (July 1743) 379.



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.