1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Finch

John Duncombe, in The Feminiad (1754) 13 & n.



Who can unmov'd hear WINCHELSEA reveal
Thy horrors, Spleen! which all, who paint, must feel?
My praises would but wrong her sterling wit,
Since Pope himself applauds what she has writ.

Anne, Countess of Winchelsea, a lady of great wit and genius, wrote (among others) a poem, much admir'd, on the Spleen, and is prais'd by Mr. Pope, &c. under the poetical name of Ardelia.