1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hester Mulso Chapone

Anonymous, "On the Letters on the Improvement of the Mind" Hibernian Magazine 4 (March 1774) 169.



Profit and pleasure would you find
In the same page, ye fair, combin'd;
Read CHAPONE'S Letters on Mind.
In them strong sentiments appear,
In language nervous, graceful, clear,
By them the young idea's taught
How best to shoot; the tender thought
Most happily is rear'd: — (May they
Who female minds, when budding, sway,
Their utmost cult'ring care bestow,
To make them beautifully blow!)
By them, in ev'ry style of life,
The friend, the mother, and the wife,
Are taught, with dignity and ease,
To shine, and while they shine, to please.