1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Wright

H., "Referring to Mrs. W.'s Lecture on Knowledge" Ladies' Literary Port Folio [Philadelphia] 1 (11 February 1829) 72.



When Eve the tempting fruit had tasted,
That opened Knowledge to her view,
With prompt benevolence she hasted
To bid her partner share it too.

Thus woman from the world's creation,
First found the spot where knowledge grew;
And woman, (sages of our nation,)
Now holds the tempting fruit to you.

Had Adam paused before he tasted,
To think who tempted first his bride,
The fruit of knowledge might have wasted
Upon the tree so long denied.

The world in darkness long has slept,
In spite of Eve, or school, or college,
The sages of the earth have crept
To rest without the light of knowledge.

But a new advent greets us here;
No more the "old world" shall deride us;
For in our western hemisphere,
A comet comes to light and guide us.