1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

William Hayley, "On Miss Seward's Louisa. Impromptu" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (5 October 1784).



Two names, the pride of English song,
Divided sway possest;
Two lovely rivals, they have long
Rul'd every gentle breast,

Where is the heart that Emma's pain
Has not with pity fill'd?
At Elosia's fiery strain
What bosom has not thrill'd?

To match these soul-subduing names,
Behold a third appears!
With all their force Louisa claims
Our praise, our love, our tears.

O Sensibility! sweet power!
To thee, thou friend of earth!
And Genius, thy bright paramour,
These sisters owe their birth.

Immortal as their parents, these
Shall foil base Envy's arms,
And, like the Sister-Graces, please
By their congenial charms.

Like them this triple group shall reign,
As archetypes of art,
And to the end of time maintains
The homage of the heart.
Eartham, May 15.