ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Philip Ayres, "To his ingenious Friend, Mr. N. Tate" Ayers, Lyric Poems (1687); Saintsbury, Minor Poets of the Caroline Period (1905-21) 2:317.
1687: Philip Ayres
1700: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1700: Daniel Kenrick
1703: Sarah Fyge Egerton
1704: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1710: Leonard Welsted
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1720: Giles Jacob
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1735: Alexander Pope
1807: Robert Southey
1812: William Henry Ireland
1838: Thomas De Quincey
1843: John Holland
1846: Denis Florence M'Carthy
1878: Alfred Webb
1687: Abraham Cowley
1687: John Dryden
1687: Nahum Tate
Thro' various paths, for pleasures have I sought,
Which short content, and lasting trouble brought;
These are the clouds, obscure my reason's light,
And charge with grief, when I expect delight.
Spight of all lets, thou Honour's hill dost climb,
Scorning to spend in empty joys thy time;
Thou in the foremost list of Fame dost strive,
Whose present virtues, future glories give.
With myrtle I, with bays, thou crown'st thy head,
Thine still is verdant, but my wreath is dead:
The trees I plant, and nurse with so much care,
Are barren; thine the glory of the year.
I only tune my pipe to Cynthia's fame,
With verse confin'd, but constant as my flame;
In thousand streams thy plenteous numbers fall,
Thy muse attempts all strains, excels in all.