1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Maria Porter

Anonymous, in "The Crowning of the Living British Poetesses" The Literary Gazette (30 June 1827) 412-13.



The Muse eyed the dames with a favouring glance,
As she mark'd them at once up the area advance:
To this, she exclaim'd, "Here's a garland for you!"
To that — "To your brow shall the laurel be due,
For even your prose is to poetry true!
But where is fair Anna Maria, your sister?
Pray, tell her, that here I have sensibly miss'd her;
And give her a share of this chaplet divine,
Which I've chosen so large with that very design."