1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

William Gifford, in The Baviad (1791) 7-8.



See snivelling Jerningham at fifty weep
O'er love-lorn oxen and deserted sheep;
See Cowley frisk it to one ding-dong chime,
And weekly cuckold her poor spouse in rhyme;
See Thrale's grey widow with a satchel roam,
And bring in pomp her labour'd nothings home;
See Robinson forget her state, and move
On crutches tow'rds the grave, to "Light o' Love;"
I scarce can rule my spleen—