1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Anonymous, "To Miss Seward, on her Defence of Pope's Poetical Equality with Dryden" Gentleman's Magazine 59 (November 1789) 1032.



Bard of sweet numbers! from thy starry sphere
Look smiling down, and see thy sullied flame,
Derided lyre, and sad degraded name,
With lustre new, and added grace appear;
Defended nobly by the hand so dear
To Worth, to Genius: by the hand, whose claim
To Verse immortal, and immortal Fame,
Rises, through all the world, so high and clear,
Yet true to Candour, as to Merit true,
See the blest Maid her eloquence employ,
To give thy mighty Rival all his due:
O cause of admiration! cause of joy!
To those who feel and own, a Seward's lyre
Joins all the charms of Pope to Dryden's fire.