1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

Richard Polwhele, in "The Visitation of the Poets" 1800; Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1821) 2:50.



Lady Burrel, instead of the nectar divine,
Had only some weak and insipid Cape-wine:
Lady Manners was angry, — presuming to rate her
So low, as the Laureate address'd her with water.
To Radcliffe the claim of desert, and no favour,
Of Frontiniac was adjudged the high flavour—
Its lusciousness somewhat allay'd by pale sherry;
To Helen champagne — tho' perchance it was perry!
But it sparkled and cream'd with the tint of Aurora;
And Montolieu relish'd the light Alba Flora....