ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "The Laureate. On reading, in Landor's Imaginary Convesations, some Remarks on the Inadequacy of the Laureate's Salary" Morning Post (9 August 1826).
1795: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1796: Anna Seward
1796 ca.: James Jennings
1797: Anna Seward
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Thomas Stott
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Francis Jeffrey
1806: Anna Seward
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Bp Richard Mant
1808: Anna Seward
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Joseph Dennie
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1811: Henry Crabb Robinson
1811: Bp. Reginald Heber
1811: Leigh Hunt
1813: Sir Walter Scott
1813: Lord Byron
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1814: Edward Thurlow
1814: George Daniel
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: Edward Rushton
1814: J. W.
1814: Francis Jeffrey
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1816: Herbert Knowles
1816: Francis Jeffrey
1817: Percy Bysshe Shelley
1817: William Hazlitt
1817: R. F.
1817: Impar Sibi, Esq.
1817: Francis Jeffrey
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: William Hazlitt
1818: J. M. C.
1819: Lord Byron
1819: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1819: George Ticknor
1820: Rev. John Keble
1820: Ebenezer Elliott
1820: David Carey
1821: John Abraham Heraud
1821: O. F.
1821: P. P.
1822: James Harley
1822: Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend
1823: Charles Lamb
1823: Charles Lamb
1823: Frances Wright
1825: William Hazlitt
1825: Thomas Enort Smith
1825: John Taylor Coleridge
1826: Joanna Carey
1830: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: A. P.
1831: Rev. Edward Smedley
1831: John Gibson Lockhart
1833: John Wilson
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Walter Savage Landor
1835: Ebenezer Elliott
1836: Isaac Clark Pray
1836: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1837: Thomas Noon Talfourd
1838: Walter Savage Landor
1842: Robert Story
1843: Mary Russell Mitford
1843: William Wordsworth
1843: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1845: George Gilfillan
1846: John Dix
1847: Horace Smith
1848 ca.: Edgar Allan Poe
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1871: S. C. Hall
1873: Joseph Devey
1880: Henry Taylor
1882: Epes Sargent
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
1826: Nicholas Toms Carrington
1826: Robert Southey
1830: Nicholas Toms Carrington
"LANDOR, thou reason'st well!" Monarchs should pay
Right royally, the Poet's deathless lay.
No earth-born cares should vex the gen'rous mind,
Inspir'd by genius, and by taste refin'd.
Let worldling's number pence — How poor their art!
Give me the numbers that can touch the heart,
Th' inspiring numbers that to verse belong,
And all the soothing melody of song.
Monarchs must die — and, though the trump of Fame,
In proudest tones, resound the warrior's name,
He too, in turn, must share the gen'ral doom,
In turn, must moulder in the silent tomb:
And — though, awhile, the monumental bust
May mark the spot where Greatness sleeps in dust—
Yet, as years pass, and human works decay—
And countries sink, by Ocean swept away,
E'en that may perish — but the verse sublime,
That Genius owns, shall brave the wreck of time—
In climes remote, to distant ages live,
And, to heroic deeds, immortal lustre give.
Few years have flown, since Europe's pow'rs (combin'd
Against the force of one all-daring mind)
Saw her brave hosts o'erpower'd in battle-field,
And Kings and Chieftains to the Conqu'ror yield.
And well did Albion, in that fearful hour,
With her firm bands oppose his giant pow'r.
Had she not singly fought, perchance, this day
Had seen all Europe subject to his sway.
But, taught by her, what hearts resolv'd could do,
The rallying nations to the contest flew;
And Time brought on the day, all-glorious Waterloo!
The, since such triumphs grace thy brilliant reign,
Illustrious GEORGE! let not the Poet's strain
Be check'd by care; but give him gold and wine,
And homage due. — So shall those triumphs shine
To latest times; and Minstrels, yet unborn,
Shall sing the deeds of that victorious morn,
Which saw the Conqu'ror, who had aw'd the world,
(Subdued at length) from his proud station hurl'd,
And, where his Eagles cower'd, Britannia's Flag's unfurl'd.
West-square, Aug. 9, 1826.