1741 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Anonymous, "To the Author of Shamela" London Magazine 10 (June 1741) 304.



Admir'd Pamela, till Shamela shown,
Appear'd in ev'ry colour — but her own:
Uncesur'd she remain'd in borrow'd light,
No nun more chaste, few angels shone so bright.
But now, the idol we no more adore,
Jervice a bawd, and our chaste nymph a w—
Each buxom lass may read poor Booby's case,
And charm a Williams to supply his place;
Our thoughtless sons for round-ear'd caps may burn,
And curse Pamela, when they've serv'd a turn.