1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

Anonymous, "To Miss Helen Maria Williams, on reading her Novel of Julia" Public Advertiser (3 April 1790).



From pains which hopeless Love imparts,
Thy charming page would guard our hearts;
But HELEN, while those ills you trace,
HELEN, in prudence, hide thy face!
The graces that thy smiles dispense,
That look of sweetness, and of sense,
Incautious Maid, will make us prove,
Thy doctrine weak, oppos'd to Love!