1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Anonymous, "Written extempore on reading the beautiful Poems lately published by Mrs. Robinson, of Drury Lane Theatre" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (19 September 1777).



Venus had often on Britannia frown'd,
Yet still the victor with success was crown'd.
Of Cyprian beauties partial Venus boasts,
Britannia names her many blooming toasts;
Minerva's call'd to end this dire debate,
With native dignity she stands elate,
And thus pronounces sentence: — "Scarce I find
United beauties both of form and mind,
Each reign alternate — but wou'd you see in one,
Beauty and sense united — Robinson."