1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Clara Reeve

William Henry Ireland, in Scribbleomania (1815) 134-35.



Not thus of The Old English Baron we'll speak,
Of falsehoods now extant a most happy freak;
For which I must compliment scribe Clara Reeve
As the lady most able to lie and deceive;
By hobgoblins bit, and knights errant, her hosts,
She brought forth, at length, a complete brace of ghosts;
While story of Dame and her murder'd Lord Lovel
Hath made Miss oft cold as Sir Cloudesly Shovell,
I mean marble effigy greeting the eyes,
Which smother'd with wig in the Abbey snug lies.