1775 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

John Langhorne to Hannah More, 1775 ca.; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 239.



How enchantingly beautiful was Gray's Muse when she wandered through the churchyard in her morning dress! But when she was arrayed in gorgeous attire, in a monstrous hoop and a brocade petticoat, I could gaze upon her indeed; she made an impression on my eye, but not on my heart.