1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

Leigh Hunt, in Review of Dyce, Specimens of British Poetesses; The Companion (11 June 1828) 333.



A Mrs. Brereton, daughter of a Welsh gentleman, was author, it seems, of a well-known epigram on Beau Nash's picture "at full length" between the busts of Newton and Pope. It forms the conclusion of a poem of six stanzas, the whole of which are here very properly given, but from which it has been separated in ordinary, and with some difference in the reading. The stanza is as follows:

The picture, plac'd the busts between,
Adds to the thought much strength;
Wisdom and Wit are little seen,
But Folly's at full length.