1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

T. B****s, "To Miss Hannah Moore, on seeing her new Tragedy of The Fatal Falshood" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (21 May 1779).



Go on, sweet HANNAH, thy lov'd Muse exert,
Nor let thy mind by middling critics hurt,
Who, conscious of thy worth and high priz'd name,
Wou'd wish to nip thy rising, growing fame.
MURPHY himself is now out-done by thee,
And in your lines another ROWE we see;
PERCY'S sweet lines had crowned you with laurel,
FATAL FALSHOOD comes, and makes it double.

Proceed, great Poetess, let the charge be thine,
To cheer the stage, and guard the Tragic shrine.
E'en SHERIDAN! that wonder of the age,
Born to support and cheer our British stage,
Shall own himself, that praise to HANNAH'S due,
Whose lays to heav'nly virtues path pursue.
Let SHERIDAN and MOORE, together both unite,
Thalia's, Melpomene's, the Muses sole delight;
Then shall we see that stage revive, sweet maid,
For which a SHAKESPEARE wrote, a GARRICK play'd.
Queen-street.