1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger, in The Female Geniad; a Poem ... written at the Age of Thirteen (1791) 18.



Now Moore as grave Melepomene appears,
The sable crown of Tragic Genius wears;
Born to adorn the wise instructive stage,
Of art possest each passion to engage,
Whist purest precepts to improve combine,
And ease and elegance the whole refine;
Or else she wins by Gothic tales of yore,
When liv'd those wights that doubty armour wore;
Or else attracts us with an air sublime,
And gains attention to the page divine.
In sacred drama's warm enthusiasm glows,
While with simplicity each cital flows,
As she expatiates o'er the holy themes,
With smiles, instruction glides in silver streams.