ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir William Davenant
, "To Daphne. On his incomparable incomprehensible Poem Gondibert" Certain Verses written by severall of the Authors Friends; to be re-printed with the Second Edition of Gondibert (1653) 20.
Sir William Davenant:
1629: Edward Hyde
1629: William Habington
1637: John Suckling
1638: John Suckling
1638: Thomas Carew
1638: William Habington
1650: Abraham Cowley
1650: Edmund Waller
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1652: Charles Cotton
1653: Sir John Denham
1659: Thomas Pecke
1670: Richard Flecknoe
1683: John Dryden
1690: Anthony Wood
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1709: Thomas Hearne
1734: Alexander Pope
1764: David Erskine Baker
1766 ca.: Samuel Pegge
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Hayley
1789: Rev. Thomas Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
1819: William Hazlitt
1819: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Edmund Gosse
Sir John Denham:
1647: John Fletcher
1653: Sir William Davenant
1667: Abraham Cowley
1669: Edward Howard
Chear up small Wits; now you shall crowned be;
Daphne himself is turn'd into a tree.
(Nor think it strange, for our great Author can
Clap stones to Hirmigil, and make her Man:)
Go gather sprigs, nor can you strip him bare,
For all the ancient Wreaths fall to his share.
Poor Homer's eyes by his unshaded light
Again put out, who bids the world Good-night,
And is as much eclips'd by one more blind,
As is his by our new Hectors out-shin'd:
Virgil, thou hast no Wit, and Naso is
More short of Will, than is Will's Nose of his;
Can silence Tasso, and the Fairy Queen,
Thou all by Will unread, and most unseen.
Nor shall we ere hear more of great Tom-Thumb,
For Gondibert and Oswald strike all dumb.
Thus then secur'd, thy Babe shall not miscarry,
Since all do bow to Fames Fine Secretary.
So have I heard the great Leviathan,
Let me speak true, and not bely a man,
Reign in the Deep and with tyrannick Power
Both Costick Codd, and squallid Sprats devour.