1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Richard Porson, "Dialogue between Miss Seward and Mr. Hayley" General Evening Post (3 September 1787).



Tuneful Poet! Britain's glory!
(Mr. Hayley, that is you)—
Ma'am, you carry all before you,
Trust me, Litchfield Swan, you do.

Ode didactic, epic, sonnet,
Mr. Hayley, you're divine!—
Ma'am, I'll take my oath upon it,
You alone are all the nine!