1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

Hannah More, in Bas Bleu (1786) 75-76.



Long was Society o'er-run
By Whist, that desolating Hun;
Long did Quadrille despotic sit,
That Vandal of colloquial wit;
And conversation setting light
Lay half-obscur'd in Gothic night;
Till LEO'S triple crown, to you,
BOSCAWEN sage, bright MONTAGU,
Divided, fell; — your cares in haste
Rescued the ravag'd realms of Taste;
And LYTTELTON'S accomplish'd name,
And witty PULTNEY shared the fame;
The Men, not bound by pedant rules,
Nor Ladies "precieuses ridicules";
For polish'd WALPOLE shew'd the way,
How Wits may be both learn'd and gay;
And CARTER taught the female train,
The deeply wise are never vain;
And she, who SHAKESPEAR'S wrongs redrest
Prov'd that the brightest are the best.