1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

John Williams, "The Delphic Oracle. By Anthony Pasquin, Esq." The Star and Evening Advertiser (6 January 1789).



ANN YEARSLEY, ANN SEWARD, MISS SMITH, and Miss MOORE,
Sought the altars of DELPHOS, the aid to implore
Of the laurel'd and luminous Phoebus:
Thus the god told the nymphs, on their clamorous askings,
"Go back, and be useful, mend WITS gallygaskins,
And abjure the rhyme and the rebus."