1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Amelia Opie

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 88 &n.



One next advanced who with an accent wild*
Pourtray'd the terrors of the maniac's child;
Each hearer's breast with horror thrill'd the while,
Deeming they saw the madman's moody smile;
Shudd'ring, they cried, Forbear! E'en Gog, afraid,
Call'd, it is said, for gin's emboldening aid.

* Mrs. Opie has written sundry and divers mediocre tales, a few prettyish poems, and one work of real genius, "The Father and Daughter."