1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

H. A., "Impromptu addressed to Mrs. Cowley" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (22 May 1779).



The first great bard of Cowley's ancient name,
By wit and manly genius rose to fame.
In softer mould, with gentler grace,
We now behold a modern Cowley shine,
In modest wit, and genius feminine,
The last bright honour of the race.