1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Hannah More, 1777; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 1:68.



I went to Mrs. Barbauld's on Thursday, intending only to spend one day: but the muses are such fascinating witches that there is not getting away from them. We had an agreeable addition to our party, a Mr. Forster, who had sailed round the world, and had published his voyages in two volumes quarto. So that for a little remote village in Suffolk, we do not make up a bad society. Mrs. B and I have found out, that we feel as little envy and malice towards each other as though we had neither of us attempted to "build the lofty rhyme," though she says "this is what the envious and malicious can never be brought to believe."