1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

W. W. Y., "To Laura Maria" Universal Magazine 90 (March 1792) 230-31.



When Venus, by Jove was sent down from the skies,
To charm silly mortals with love's fickle snare;
The weapons she bore were a pair of blue eyes,
Whose darts lurk'd in ambush, to bid us, beware!

But Juno was jealous, and such was her rage,
That Prudence no longer her vengeance controul'd;
Minerva was sent the fair nymph to engage,
And in Wisdom's dull chain the sweet sorc'ress to hold.

How vain was the project, for Venus well knew
The snare that awaited her exquisite charms;
She quickly transferr'd all her beauty to you;
And Minerva stood trembling, deprived of her arms.

A truce, cried the goddess, no longer we're foes;
In thee, wit and beauty so justly combine!
The Graces of Venus thy form shall disclose,
And the laurel fo Phoebus, shall ever be thine!
Lincoln's-Inn,
March 15.