1816
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

To the Same [Miss Foote]. On her Performance of Statira in the Tragedy of Alexander the Great.

Juvenile Poems.

Chandos Leigh


One Spenserian. Miss Foote is Maria Foote (1797?-1867) whose happiness was presumably secured when in 1831, after a successful career at Covent Garden, she married Charles Stanhope, fourth earl of Harrington. The play referred to is Nathaniel Lee's Alexander the Great (1678).



Had his Statira thy fair charms possest,
How few young Ammon's faithlessness would blame,
By such a Queen admir'd, sought, carest,
He had despised the blandishments of fame,
And sunk the victor's in the lover's name.
Fairest! accept the wishes of a friend,
May never calumny thy worth defame;
May white-rob'd innocence thy steps attend;
May happiness be thine, till life's last scene shall end.

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