1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

A Young Lady, "On Miss Hannah More" Bath Chronicle (3 March 1791).



WRITTEN BY A YOUNG LADY OF ONLY 12 YEARS OF AGE,
ON READING MISS MORE'S WORKS.

If solid sense, with judgment most refin'd,
Can in one person ever be confin'd;
If verse unrivall'd will incite our care,
We must admire this ever-charming fair;
All read with joy her enervating line,
At once pathetic, easy, and sublime;
With moral virtue every page is fraught,
The plenteous products of her fertile thought.
But my young pen too feeble for the task,
Can't pay that tribute merit e'er must ask;
But if sense and learning your esteem shall claim,
Let Fame resound the lovely HANNAH'S name;
To every grace add the Muse's copious store—
'Tis both, 'tis all compris'd in Heavenly MORE.