1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Anonymous, "To Miss More, on her having been lampooned in several scurrilous Epigrams" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (4 December 1777).



When tender Hawkins guides the skilful knife,
The pain, tho' piercing, saves the patient's life;
As the blood spouts, the lighten'd spirits rise,
And with the limb that's lopt, the fever flies;
So when true Critics purge some faulty page,
Their wholesome rigour purifies the age;
But when vile Maevius apes the surgeon's part,
He cuts like Shylock — nearest to the heart!