1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Clara Reeve

Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger, in The Female Geniad; a Poem ... written at the Age of Thirteen (1791) 38.



Now Barclay's works admir'd for wisdom long,
(The statesman's counsel and the muses' song,
Veil'd closely in the antient tongue of Rome,)
Had slumber'd mould'ring in Oblivion's tomb;
Till learned Reeves thro' time the sage explor'd,
To just applause his policy restor'd;
No longer we lament Argenis dies,
Whilst with the old, new-born Phoenix vies.