1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Brooke

Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger, in The Female Geniad; a Poem ... written at the Age of Thirteen (1791) 45.



Oh! say what tribute can to Brookes be paid?
Unless her own surpassing genius aid.
Such excellence in Brookes' pieces meet,
That even novels are with sense replete:
A tale of woes pathetic now she cites,
And pity with anxiety unites:
Void of romance her fables yet have pow'r,
To gild with pleasure the instructive hour:
When she describes, we see the rural plains,
In Canada imagination reigns.