1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, in "The Vision of Liberty" Anti-Jacobin Review 9 (Appendix, 1801) 519.



Then came Maria Helen Williams Stone,
Sitting upon a goat with bearded chin:
And she hath written volumes many a one;
Better the idle jade had learnt to spin—
Dearly she loves a philanthropic sin
Call'd fornication — and doth it commit;
Nor careth she for modesty a pin,
And laughs at Satan and the burning pit;
Ah! dame! belike one day you'll know the truth of it.