1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

W. H., "Extempore. On Miss More of Bristol" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (23 June 1773).



More wit with wisdom, and more real sense,
More sterling genius, yet without pretence;
More native humour, with each grace refin'd,
More pure religion with an honest mind;
More truth and honour from a heart sincere,
More prompt to dry, than to attract a tear;
More gentle than a Zephyr's temp'rate breeze,
More pleasing with thy unaffected ease;
More tender sympathy, more lively mirth,
More guardian angels watch'd thee at thy birth,
More muses than the poets ever knew,
More eager to thy sweet Arcadia flew.
MORE is more charming than I can express.
More I can't now, because I must confess
MORE has engag'd each sweet Aonian maid,
MORE has their beauties and their power display'd.
June 18.