1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

Helen Maria Williams, in An Ode on the Peace (1783) 19.



Ah! still diffuse thy mental ray,
Fair Science! on my ALBION'S plain,
While oft' thy step delights to stray
Where MONTAGU has rear'd her Fane;
Where Eloquence shall still entwine
Rich attic flowers around the shrine,
View hallow'd Learning ope his treasured store,
And with her signet stamp the mass of classic ore.