ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Nathaniel Ward, in Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (1650) sig A6.
1650: Nathaniel Ward
1650 ca.: Rev. John Rogers
1702: Cotton Mather
1827: Alexander Dyce
1831: John Wilson
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1856: Evert A. and George L. Duyckinck
1878: Moses Coit Tyler
1650: Anne Bradstreet
Mercury shew'd Apollo, Bartas Book,
Minerva this, and wisht him well to look,
And tell uprightly, which did which excell;
He view'd, and view'd, and vow'd he could not tell.
They bid him Hemisphear his mouldy nose,
With's crackt leering-glasses, for it would pose
The best brains he had in's old pudding-pan,
Sex weigh'd, which best, the Woman, or the Man?
He peer'd, and por'd, and glar'd, and said for wore,
I'me even as wise now, as I was before:
They both 'gan laugh, and said, it was no mar'l
The Auth'resse was a right Du Bartas Girle.
Good sooth quoth the old Don, tel, ye me so,
I muse whither at length these Girls wil go;
It half revives my chil frost-bitten blood,
To see a woman once do, ought that's good;
And chode buy Chaucer's Boots, and Homers Furrs,
Let men look to't, least women weare the Spurs.