1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

Anna Seward, in Poem to the Memory of Lady Miller (1782) 10 &n.



And graceful JERNINGHAM benignly brought
His gentle Muse, of Bigot-Rage the foe;
And skill'd to blend the force of reasoning Thought
With Sensibility's enamour'd glow;
Skill'd o'er frail Love to draw the sacred veil,
Whose mournful texture floats on Fancy's buoyant gale.

*Bigot Rage. — Mr. Jerningham, though a Roman Catholic, has ably combated monastic enthusiasm, in his ingenious Poem, The Nun.