1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Duncombe

Samuel Hoole, "Lines written after reading the Verses addressed to her Daughter by Mrs. D—, in the History of Reculver" Gentleman's Magazine 54 (April 1784) 285.



Ye Muses, hail! warm'd with poetic fire,
Again your Stella strings her sweet-ton'd lyre.
Th' admiring world her polish'd lay shall praise,
Where every line maternal love displays.
We read with rapture; and with rapture view
Th' enchanting scenes her magic pencil drew;
(See the tall sister-spires with Herne's fair strand;
See vengeful Cosmo life the murth'rous hand!)
Genius with sense in Stella so combines,
Well-skill'd alike in every art she shines.
O may the child the parents' precepts scan
With careful eye, and imitate their plan!
May she possess, with purest taste refin'd,
A Highmore's pencil, and a Duncombe's mind!
AURELIUS.