1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

Anonymous, "On the Belle's Strategem" St. James's Chronicle (18 April 1780).



Would you Life and Fashion see,
From Vice and Affectation free?
Would you native Humour know,
Or taste of Wit a brilliant Flow?
Would you Elegance admire?
Does Character your Fancy fire?
Whim and Bustle can they please ye,
Or Dialogue, though pointed, easy?
Bid Tom to Covent-Garden drive—
Or take a Box — Night — twenty-five;
The Feast enjoy, and grateful own,
Harris best Cat'rer for the Town.