ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Lady Mary Chudleigh
, "To the Lady Chudleigh" 1703; Miscellany Poems (1722) 150-51.
Lady Mary Chudleigh:
1703: Elizabeth Thomas
1712: Leonard Welsted
1726: Martha Fowke Sansom
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: Alexander Dyce
1853: Frederic Rowton
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1702 ca.: William Atwood
1703: Lady Mary Chudleigh
1727: John Dryden
Could I the Wonders of your Pen rehearse,
In Notes, as sweet, and lofty as your Verse,
With eager Haste I would this Volume meet,
And pay my duteous Homage at your Feet.
Extol your great, your generous Design,
And praise the Beauties of each sparkling Line:
Show, with what solid Pleasures they delight,
How Wit, and Learning, in your Works unite:
With what illustrious Charms you Friendship dress,
And slighted Virtue's lovely Form express.
What pious Zeal, your sacred Lines inspire,
And how your raise our Souls with true Seraphick Fire,
But oh! too Conscious of the Want of Art,
I dare not write the Dictates of my Heart;
Lest my unskilful Muse should rudely praise
A Theam, deserving of the noblest Lays.