SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

People, Society & Culture of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th Century & later.

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In the Eighteenth Century
" His touch glad Cupid's case has hit, Whom Pembroke's form bewitches; Ev'n Fortune can distinguish wit, Who gives to ----- riches.
" O purger of the visual ray ! Enlighten still the nation, That all may see, as clear as day, The duties of their station.
" So shall we praise thee to the skies, Such wonders daily doing : But dim the rays of Powis' eyes Lest they should prove our ruin."
About the same time another distinguished person was welcomed on her arrival:
ON MRS. MACAULAY'S ARRIVAL AT TUNBRIDGE
WELLS
FOR THE RECOVERY OF HER HEALTH, SAID TO BE MUCH IMPAIRED BY HER HISTORICAL STUDIES AND WRITINGS
" Nymph ! of the sacred fountain here, Thy speedy aid we all implore ! To England and to freedom dear, Macaulay's precious health restore.
" So if the Poet's weaker strain Shall fail to give thee lasting fame, One touch of her historic pen Shall then immortalize thy name."
Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, of the Blue-Stocking
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