1750 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Duncombe

Thomas Edwards, "To Miss Highmore; sent on Valentine's Day" Nichols, Select Colletion (1780-84) 6:103-04.



Fair Valentine, and of the Muse's train,
If not yourself a Muse, accept these lays,
Mean though they be, not worthy of your praise,
Yet still ambitious such approof to gain.
When in Honoria's travels, you explain
The safest path 'mid life's bewilder'd ways,
And guide your pilgrim through th' intangled maze;
Her virtuous toils instruct and entertain.
Why then, with shame-fac'd diffidence, withdraws
Your bashful Muse, far from the public view,
And well-deserv'd applause, which fans the fire
Of emulous Virtue in an honest cause?
A larger share of fame is but your due,
Who write so well, and, while you praise, inspire.