1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 387.



Fair Barbauld's muse glows with a seraph's fire,
And tunes to strains of wisdom Beauty's lyre;
Religion's self with added lustre shines,
Deck'd in the radiance of her happy lines.
Pride of your sex, and worthy of our praise,
By Phoebus crown'd with never-fading bays;
On Fame's eternal roll your names shall stand,
Ye three chaste Sappho's of the British land.