1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

Edward Jerningham, "On Elizabeth Montagu" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (9 February 1785).



We hear that Mrs. Montagu is recovered of her fall which happened last Thursday at St. James's: the day after her accident she received the following Lines, said to be written by Mr. Jerningham:

Ye radiant Fair! ye Hebes of the day,
Who heedless laugh your little hour away:
Let caution be your guide when e'er ye sport
Within the splendid precincts of the Court:
Th' event of yesterday for prudence calls,
'Tis dangerous treading where Minerva falls.