1783
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Imitation of Spenser.

Edinburgh Weekly Magazine 57 (4 September 1783) 306.

Edwin


One Spenserian stanza, signed "Edwin, Edinburgh, August 1783." The stanza, on the folly of wearing false hair, is possibly a fragment from a longer poem. Wigs and barbers were standard fare in burlesque poetry. The Edinburgh Weekly Magazine had previously been published under the title of The Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement.



Perchance this auburn lock did erst adorn
The frizzled head of dwarf, or meagre beau;
And this, perchance, from poney's tail was shorn,
Or e'er the sheerman did a curl bestow,
Tho' since by virgins deem'd ne trifling show.
Ah fools! to let false beauty charm the eyes,
When Nature Beauty gave in vernal glow
And with mild Goodness bade it ever rise,
Tho' more the coxcombs gaze the most of maidens prize.

[p. 306]