1786
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

The Invitation from the Genius of Scandal, at Bath.

St. James's Chronicle (12 January 1786).

Anonymous


A burlesque ode, dated "Jan. 1, 1786," addressed "To a Lady at S—h—n." The lines are in fact taken from An Ode to the Genius of Scandal (1781), wrongly attributed to Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The conclusion of the poem as printed in the Public Advertiser is lacking a line; it should read: "Unknown marriages some twenty, | Private child-bed linen plenty."



Haste, O Fair! and with thee bring
Many a little venom'd Sting;
Many a Tale that no one knows,
Of shall-be-nameless Belles and Beaux,
Just-imported Curtain Lectures,
Winks, and Nods, and shrewd Conjectures;
Half a Dozen strange Suspicions,
Built on stranger Suppositions;
Unknown Marriages, some twenty,
And Horns just fitted to some People's Heads,
And certain powder'd Coats, and certain tumbled Beds!

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