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).
Rev. Samuel Bishop:
1797: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1824: Robert Watt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1833: Hartley Coleridge
1860: George Gilfillan
1799: Rev. Samuel Bishop
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.