1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

Horace Walpole, "To Mr. Jerningham" Whitehall Evening Post (10 March 1796).



PREFIXED TO THE PLAY OF THE WELSH HEIRESS.

The Nymphs of Pindus have in various ways,
My friend, appear'd propitious to your lays;
But though Calliope and Clio too,
And Dolly Hymnia have been kind to you,
Wisely you acted, when resign'd their charms,
And threw yourself into Thalia's arms;
The solemn Sisters on your wishes smil'd,
But the gay Girl has given you a true Child.