ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Judith Cowper Madan
, in The Feminiad (1754) 19-20 & n.
Judith Cowper Madan:
1722: Alexander Pope
1731 ca.: Jane Brereton
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1768: William Cowper
1803: William Hayley
1809: L. W.
1812: John Nichols
1827: Alexander Dyce
1886: Whitwell Elwin
Rev. John Duncombe:
1751: William Lauder
1754: Hester Mulso Chapone
1754: Thomas Edwards
1754: Anne Finch
1754: George Jeffreys
1754: Mary Leapor
1754: Judith Cowper Madan
1754: Elizabeth Pennington
1754: Katherine Philips
1756: Rev. John Dyer
1756: Samuel Richardson
1760 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1772: Rev. Christopher Pitt
1772: Rev. Samuel Say
1772: Rev. Joseph Spence
1784: Mary Leapor
In nervous strains CORNALIA'S polish'd taste
Has Poetry's successive Progress trac'd,
From ancient Greece, where first she fix'd her reign,
To Italy, and Britain's happier plain.
Praise well-bestow'd adorns her glowing lines,
And manly strength with female softness joins.
So female charms and manly virtues grace,
By her example form'd, her blooming race,
And, fram'd alike to please our ears and eyes,
There new Cornelias and new Gracchi rise.
O that you now, with genius at command,
Would snatch the pencil from my artless hand,
And give your sex's portraits, bold and true,
In colours worthy of themselves and you!
This lady is author of a poem call'd the Progress of Poetry, publish'd in a miscellany, call'd the Flower Piece in 1731; wherein the characters of the best Grecian, Roman and English poets are justly and elegantly drawn.