1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah Cowley

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 50.



With such Females to cope, as old BEHN and CENTLIVER,
You do not want now Lady-writers so clever;
Madam COWLEY, for instance, whose dexterous BELLE
Found her lunatic STRATAGEM answer so well;
And whose humorous touch the PENDRAGONS design'd,
By Fashion from Rustics so quickly refin'd.