ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. W., "On the Literary Contest between Mrs. Cowley and Miss More" Gentleman's Magazine 49 (September 1779) 462.
1776: Richard Fenton
1779: H. A.
1779: J. W
1779: T. B****s
1787: Robert Merry
1789: John Williams
1791: Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1801: Alexander Thomson
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1827: Alexander Dyce
1828: Leigh Hunt
1842: C. H. Timperley
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1779: Hannah Cowley
Are there two nymphs that grace this favourite isle,
On whom the Tragic Muse had deign'd to smile;
To whom fair Nature gave her chaste design,
Fancy's rich tints, and Judgment's sober line;
Both born alike to glow with Friendship's flame,
Both born alike to gain an honest fame;
Both born to tread, by turns, where Fancy leads,
Her silent grottoes, and enamel'd meads;
To catch the strokes that Nature's pencil wrought,
The wing'd idea, and extatic thought!
To these should every lovely grace be given,
That favour'd mortals can obtain from Heaven;
A taste exact; an elegance of soul;
While (loveliest still) good-nature crowns the whole.
Yet in two such should some small difference find
Too easy entrance in th' unwary mind;
Or o'er each breast a gloomy empire keep;
Shall not the Muses sigh, and Friendship weep!
Or say, shall Envy's glance the scene explore,
Or guess the name — a COWLEY, or a MORE?