1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Williams

Ann Yearsley, "Ann Yearsley versus Anthony Pasquin" The Oracle. Bell's New World (29 November 1789).



Bath. November 29.

Being impressed with an idea that the Author of the CHILDREN OF THESPIS had been the cause of that ridicule which attended the life, death, and burial of the miraculous Tragedy of EARL GOODWIN, the fair Author, in an hour of uncharitableness and indiscretion, wrote the following descriptive lines, which she is pleased to denominate an EPIGRAM.

She recited it with proper emphasis and becoming gesture, at the BISHOP OF KILDARE'S, Mr. GREVILLE'S, &c. &c. — Take it, and make much of it.

Thy manners, PASQUIN, like the Tiger's are,
Thy form resembles just an unlick'd Bear:
Thy heart's a nest of serpents, and thy tongue
Is like the scorpions with foul venom hung;
Thy eyes are basilisks, which look to kill,
And Hate and Vengeance wait upon your will.