ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in The Feminiad (1754) 24-25 & n.
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1760 ca.: Frances Sheridan
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1827: Alexander Dyce
Rev. John Duncombe:
1751: William Lauder
1754: Hester Mulso Chapone
1754: Thomas Edwards
1754: Anne Finch
1754: George Jeffreys
1754: Mary Leapor
1754: Judith Cowper Madan
1754: Elizabeth Pennington
1754: Katherine Philips
1756: Rev. John Dyer
1756: Samuel Richardson
1760 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1772: Rev. Christopher Pitt
1772: Rev. Samuel Say
1772: Rev. Joseph Spence
1784: Mary Leapor
Transport me now to those embroider'd meads
Where the slow Ouze his lazy current leads:
There, whle the stream soft-dimpling steals along,
And from the groves the green-hair'd Dryads throng,
O bear me swift to some embow'ring spray,
For Clio's self, or FLAVIA, tunes a lay,
Sweet as the darkling Philomel of May....
Nor shall thy much lov'd FLORIMEL remain
Unsung, unhonour'd in my votive strain.
See where the soft Enchantress wand'ring o'er
The fairy ground that Phillips trod before,
Exalts her chymic wand, and swift behold
The basest metals ripen into gold.
Beneath her magic touch with wond'ring eye
We view vile copper with pure sterling vye;
Nor shall the Farthing, sung by her, forbear
To claim the praises of the smiling fair;
Till chuck and marbles shall no more employ
The thoughtless leisure of the truant boy.
These two ladies live at H[untindon]. The one is equally to be admir'd for the beauties of her mind and person. The latter [Martha Ferrar] will be acknowledged by every beholder, as will the former by every one who has read her elegant Odes to Cynthia and the Spring.
The other has happily imitated Mr. Phillips's Splendid Shilling, in a burlesque poem called the Copper Farthing.