1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Granticola, "An Extempore Epigram on Clarissa" Magazine of Magazines 1 (November 1750) 456.



In soft CLARISSA'S form united shine
Such female ease and majesty divine,
That each beholder must with awe declare
APELLES' VENUS was not half so fair;
But when the stores of judgment wit and sense
Her lips with graceful diffidence dispense,
Each hearer owns, with pleasure and surprise,
That HOMER'S PALLAS was not half so wise;
These diff'rent charms such different passions move,
Who sees must reverence, but who hears must love.