1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Bishop

Clara, "On the Poetry, addressed by the late Mr. Bishop to his Wife" The Oracle and the Daily Advertiser (4 January 1799).



If all Husbands could write as friend BISHOP has wrote,
What the Fair may be proud to admire and quote,
After all the hard things against Marriage I've read,
'Tis almost worth marrying, to have such things said!
To this replies Chloe, ah! CLARA beware,
Or my friend will be caught in a new-fashion'd snare:
For of Husbands, not one in a hundred will feel
What BISHOP so happily knows to reveal:
And if from those odd ones a hundred you choose,
Not one of them all might possess such a Muse:
Whilst of women and wives (there are some who will say)
Not one in one thousand deserves such a lay.