ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in Retaliation. A Poem (1774) 10-11.
1765: Jack Frost
1765: William Kenrick
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Frances Burney
1778: T. S.
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1782: Rev. Thomas Stratford
1788: William Cowper
1789: John Williams
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Robert Southey
1805 ca.: George Hardinge
1806: Francis Jeffrey
1811: S. H.
1811: C. T.
1812: George Hardinge
1812: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: S. Hughes
1816: John Neal
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1843: John Holland
1847: Horace Smith
1848: John Forster
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1759: Sir Richard Steele
1767: John Gay
1767: John Sheffield
1767: Thomas Tickell
1770: Alexander Pope
1774: Edmund Burke
1774: Richard Cumberland
1774: William Lauder
1776: Sir John Denham
1776: Matthew Prior
1776: Edmund Waller
Here Cumberland lies, having his part,
The Terence of England, the mender of hearts;
A flattering painter, who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
His gallants are all faultless, his women divine,
And comedy wonders at being so fine;
Like a tragedy queen he has dizen'd her out,
Or rather, like tragedy giving a rout.
His fools have their follies so lost in a croud
Of virtue and feelings, that folly grows proud,
And coxcombs alike in their failings alone,
Adopting his portraits are pleas'd with their own.
Say, where has our poet this malady caught,
Or wherefore his characters thus without fault?
Say, was it that vainly directing his view,
To find out mens virtues, and finding them few,
Quite sick of pursuing each troublesome elf,
He grew lazy at last, and drew from himself?