1745 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Belinda, "To the Author of Pamela" Gentleman's Magazine 15 (February 1745) 104.



To thee, kind author, what unusual praise
Shall we instructed damsels raise?
Who fir'd, by thy Pamela's merit, scorn
The servile deeds to which our rank is born;
With virtuous dignity our minds improve,
And teach e'en lawless lords connubial love.

'Tis thus pure nature foils the boast of art,
And wings the arrow surer to the heart;
The vain coquet, in radiant vesture dress'd,
May shine a meteor while she moves a jest!
Not so delights the artless country maid,
With charms of blushing innocence array'd;
All other guardian absent, that supports
An honour far above the pride of courts.
Protecting angels aid the tempted girl,
And bid her if she's chaste, — command — an earl.
Salisbury, Feb. 1.