ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Verses on seeing a Portrait of Mrs. Cowley in the Lady's Magazine" St. James's Chronicle (19 October 1784).
1776: Richard Fenton
1779: H. A.
1779: J. W
1779: T. B****s
1787: Robert Merry
1789: John Williams
1791: Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1801: Alexander Thomson
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1827: Alexander Dyce
1828: Leigh Hunt
1842: C. H. Timperley
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
Draw me (said Pallas) Cowley's Face,
Her sprightly Air, her easy Grace;
Let richest Rays illume the Frame,
The Ruby's Blush, the Diamond's Flame;
Let Pearls her blameless Life express,
And neat and simple be her Dress.
"Behold!" the exulting Artist cry'd;
Disgusted Pallas turn'd aside.
Is this the Portrait of the Fair?
This clumsy Form, this vacant Air!
This aged, vapid, speechless Look!
Her's these stiff Arms, and formal Book?
Why, Friend, thou'st drawn a fright — a Hag!
Give it the Flames — or Lady's Mag.