1 TO THEE a Stranger dares address his theme!
2 To Thee, proud Mistress of Apollo's lyre;
3 One ray emitted from thy golden gleam,
4 Prompted by LOVE, wou'd "set the World on fire."
5 Adorn then LOVE, in fancy-tinctur'd vest,
6 Camelion like, anon of various hue;
7 By "Penserosa," and "Allegro" drest
8 Such Genius claim'd, when she Idalia drew.
9 I see the Pencil on the canvas shine!
10 REYNOLDS admires! in Science then proceed;
11 The name of Poet, Painter, both are thine,
12 We view the speaking painting as we read.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO ANNA MATILDA.
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Cowley, Mrs. (Hannah), 1743-1809. The Poetry of Anna Matilda. London: printed by John Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. M DCC LXXXVIII., 1788. [8],139,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T90094; OTA K073164.000) (Page images digitized by University of Minnesota Library.)

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