1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Robert Lowth, "To Hannah More, from the Latin of Bishop Lowth, 1781" Gentleman's Magazine 100 (Supplement to Part II, 1830) 633.



"Read, maids of Rome, Sulpicia's strain,"
Read, Britons all, and read again;
Read, youth and age, — gallant, severe,—
In either art perfection here;
In stately prose, or measur'd lay,
A lady bears the palm away.
Then judge, was ever reason taught
In style with terser matter fraught?
Pronounce, was ever sacred song
More sweetly pour'd from mortal tongue?
For her the graceful Three combine
Their favour with the tuneful Nine;
While thus, in generous zeal, she decks
The taintless bosoms of her sex,
And sways their hearts, by smile or frown,
Content to emulate her own.
Read, this, and own our times restore
Another Addison in More!
P. H.