ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Sent to a Lady, with a Copy of Shenstone" The St. James's Chronicle (8 June 1802).
1737: William Shenstone
1749: Lady Luxborough
1750 ca.: Rev. Richard Graves
1751: Rev. Richard Jago
1755: Robert Dodsley
1756: John Scott Hylton
1758: Alexander Carlyle
1759: James Woodhouse
1760: Edward Cooper
1760: Rev. Richard Graves
1761: Mrs. John Thomas
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Rev. Richard Graves
1763: John Cunningham
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Mary Darwall
1763 ca.: A Lady
1763: Dr. S.
1763: T. H.
1764: Rev. John Langhorne
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: John Oakman
1766: John Scott of Amwell
1769: Thomas Gray
1771: William Roscoe
1771: Rev. Richard Graves
1772: Rev. John Ball
1773: Thomas Lyttleton
1774: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1774: Charles Graham
1776: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Old Robin
1779: J. M.
1779: Menassah Dawes
1780: J. W.
1782: Samuel Johnson
1783: Edmond Malone
1784: De Sp—do
1785: H. R.
1787: Robert Burns
1788: John Williams
1789: A Bard of the Wrekin
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1792: Anna Seward
1792: John Bennet
1793: J. H. C.
1793: Captain John Majoribanks
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1797: Mr. Mott
1798: Anna Seward
1802: George Dyer
1805: Thomas Park
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1806: John F. M. Dovaston
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Anne Grant
1812: A. F.
1814: John Hamilton Reynolds
1814: James Jennings
1815: William Wordsworth
1818: William Hazlitt
1818: David Parkes
1823: David Parkes
1823: T. H.
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1836: L. L.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1855 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1859: Leigh Hunt
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1910: Ralph Straus
Unmov'd by the dreams that allure
The vot'ries of riches and fame;
Nor ashamed to be happily poor,
Nor caught with the glare of a name;
In the calm of a rural retreat,
The Poet would trifle his days,
Forgetting the rich and the great,
And blest in his groves and his lays.
He planted the dark waving grove,
And rear'd up the sweet-scenting bower,
Taught the streamlet more wildly to rove,
The cascade with more grandeur to pour.
His woodlands repaid well his toil,
They spread and they blossom'd on high;
All nature united to smile,
And seem'd with his fancy to vie.
Thrice blest could the calm that was there
Have also been queen of his mind;
Thrice blest had not Phillis been fair,
Thrice blest had his Phillis been kind.
For he lov'd, — by his sweet-flowing strain,
The pride of her sex might be won;
Yet to Phillis he warbled in vain,
"She was faithless — and he was undone."
From the crowd, from the world far apart,
In Nature he found his relief;
Soft feeling attended his heart,
And sooth'd while it cherish'd his grief.
No marble shall speak of his fame,
No annals shall swell in his praise;
He sought but the Poet's poor name,
And for ever he lives in his lays.
Unknown to the rich and the great,
May fortune thus destine my lot;
Nor envying their lofty estate,
Nor griev'd when I look on my cot.
In the eyes of the crowd may they shine,
All the joys of parade may they know;
But their pleasures can ne'er be like mine,
Such as these and contentment bestow.
Let fortune protect me from want,
Let fancy still bless with her charms;
And more than a monarch can grant,
Let Laura be given to my arms.