1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger, in The Female Geniad; a Poem ... written at the Age of Thirteen (1791) 21.



See Cowley, wonted Thalia to advance,
The grace and mistress of the comic dance,
Assumes Melepomene's majestic rein,
And treads the foremost of the serious train.
Albina's sorrows wake the kindling breast,
And anxious terrors vivid hopes suggest:
Historical her genius then relates
The wond'rous chances of the Spartan fates:
Thus ardent she the tragic path pursues,
At ev'ry effort warm applause ensues.