ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
F. S. E., "Milton" Philadelphia Monthly Magazine 1 (October 1827) 12-13.
1674: Andrew Marvell
1674 ca.: Thomas Ellwood
1688: John Dryden
1690: Thomas D'Urfey
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1694: Joseph Addison
1694: Matthew Prior
1699: Samuel Say
1700: Henry Hall
1700: Samuel Cobb
1701: Matthew Prior
1708: Rev. Thomas Yalden
1709: Rev. Isaac Watts
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1712: Bezaleel Morrice
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1714: John Hughes
1717: Bp. Francis Atterbury
1720 ca.: Ambrose Philips
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1725 ca.: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1728: James Ralph
1730: Aaron Hill
1731: Isaac Thompson
1736: G. W.
1737: Alexander Pope
1740: William Shenstone
1745: Rev. Sneyd Davies
1746: William Collins
1747: William Collins
1748: T. F.
1749: F. W.
1750 ca.: William Oldys
1752: S. S. S.
1755: Robert Lloyd
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1756: J. H.
1758: G. G.
1759: M. M.
1762: William Whitehead
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1766: Robert Andrews of Bridgenorth
1770 ca.: Sir William Jones
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1774: W. H.
1776: James Beattie
1777: N. N. D.
1782: William Hayley
1785: John Pinkerton
1785: A Lady
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1792: John Bennet
1793: William Cowper
1793: J. Laws
1795 ca.: John Blair Linn
1798: A. M.
1799: William Seward
1799: William Roscoe
1800: Thomas Green
1802: William Wordsworth
1803: George Dyer
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1810: R. Rylance
1810: Rev. S. B
1810: James Jennings
1812: William Henry Ireland
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1815: Robert Southey
1817: Richard Hatt
1819: Lord Byron
1819: Thomas Mulock
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: W. W.
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: John Abraham Heraud
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: James Gates Percival
1827: F. S. E.
1828: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: George Wallingford Clarke
1830: John Abraham Heraud
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1830: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1863: George Daniel
1880: Mark Pattison
1882: Epes Sargent
1899: Henry A. Beers
F. S. E.:
1827: John Milton
Wrong'd and forsaken, yet the immortal dream
So clearly brightened on his seraph mind,
That all which inspiration could redeem,
Of glory fled, was palpably defined;
And, free from mortal shade, his glowing thought
Won, ev'n on earth, the Elysium which it sought.
The spirits of the sky became to him
Companions, and revealers of the past;
Each high sublimity — the wild and dim,
A living splendour o'er his vision cast;
Till, led "above the Aonian Mount," he soared,
Where the thron'd Seraphim of heaven adored.
Thanks for the radiant gift, another stream
Of light and gladness, bursting on mankind,
A talisman against the woes that teem,
A draught to quench the burnings of the mind;
For this, O Bard! we consecrate thy name,
The holiest gem upon the shrine of fame.
Thanks for thy creed, that thus the earth is filled
With those pure watchers from the starry sphere;—
How should Man's grosser thought be hushed and stilled
With knowledge of the presence that is near!
Yea, striving with our dross, we might almost
Obtain communion with that sinless host.
The lonely rest of hills, a mountain peak
Invading the blue solitudes of air,
Silent — except perchance some torrent creek
Or winds may hold a stormy revel there,—
Bring to the human bosom a deep sense
Of life all spiritual and intense.
The curbless ocean, and the rosy track
Which sunset leaves upon the coloured sky;
As if the day would cast a blessing back,
Before it mingles with the shades gone by,
Awaken, with strange longings of the soul,
A mournfulness that dust should so control:
For mind would blend with mind, and though a curse
Hath darkly bound us to our sordid clay,
At times the gloom will partially disperse,
And matter o'er the ethereal lose its sway;
Then, Milton! thy aspiring creed is found
Attested by the glories which surround.