1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

E. J., "On reading Letters written from France in the Summer of 1790" European Magazine 18 (December 1790) 472.



While Burke, equip'd for daring fight,
Steps forth a literary Knight,
In folds of ancient armour drest,
And boldly rears his feudal crest;
Waves high in air his brandish'd lance,
And his huge gauntlet throws at France;
Near the stern Chief, a lovely Maid
Comes in simplicity array'd:
The flowing robe in which she moves
Wove by the Graces and the Loves;
She tries no formal refutation
Of his elab'rate speculation,
Nor raves of Governments and Laws,
For she to Nature only trusts her cause;
Makes to the heart her strong appeal,
Which all who have a heart must feel;
Bids the quick tear of pity roll,
And seizes on the vanquish'd soul.