1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Duncombe

Mr. Meadowcourt to William Duncombe, 4 December 1758; Duncombe, Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 3:82-83.



No author who finds himself praised in print can be more delighted than I was, in finding proper justice done in The Feminead to the characters of Mrs. Madan and Miss Carter, who have ever been my favourite heroines in verse. The spirit which animates the poems of these two ladies seems transfused into Mr. Duncombe's. His Muse is a Muse of sound judgment as well as strong sense. She is never unintelligible in her flights, never hides her head "inter nubila," and never "serpit humi."