1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

Ignotes, "On Reading the Essay on Shakespeare" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (20 November 1778).



We fondly gaze with rapture and delight,
When lovely Beauty strikes our wond'ring sight,
But soon reflection rushes on the brain,
And Beauty quits her transitory reign;
That lovely, blooming, fading, dying flower,
Bereft of Wit's, the play-thing of an hour,
But when to charms like Hebe's there is given,
A mind capacious as th' expanse of Heav'n;
'Tis call'd a Mountague, and seems design'd,
To shew Perfection's model to mankind!