1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Fordyce

Eloisa, "To the Rev. Dr. Fordyce, on his Discourses to Young Women, &c." St. James's Chronicle (5 March 1767).



Thy Sermons, Fordyce, scarce are worth
Our Reading three Times over;
Since, by their Rules, no Maid on Earth
Shall gain an earthly Lover.

Indeed, should some wing'd Cherub fly
From Heaven to choose a Mate;
He wisely might to you apply
To form a Nymph complete.

But while your Sex will still prefer
To mental our external Charms;
Say, can you justly censure her
Who conquers with the surest Arms?