1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Anonymous, "Hannah More and the Bas Bleu" Bath Chronicle (6 July 1786).



Miss Hannah More, in her Poem of the Bas Bleu, has paid an inimitable compliment to Mrs. Boscawen and Mrs. Montagu, by pronouncing them to inherit the genius and liberality of Leo X.

Till Leo's triple-crown to you,
Boscawen sage, bright Montagu,
Divided fall.

This has occasioned a wicked Protestant to write the following epigram:

Two blues infallible in conclave sit,
And awe with critic bulls the world of wit:
Abash'd by Hannah's tropes, by Hannah's praise,
Scarce on their triple-crown I dar'd to gaze;
But, when I bow'd before the papal throne,
I spied in each no Leo, but a Joan.