ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Aaron Hill, Esq; the Author of King Henry the Fifth" Savage, Miscellaneous Poems and Translations (1726) 180-81.
1723: Richard Savage
1725: Thomas Cooke
1726: Rev. John Dyer
1726: Richard Savage
1726: Matthew Concanen
1726: Margaret Hill
1726: Martha Fowke Sansom
1728: Alexander Pope
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1731: Alexander Pope
1736: Richard Savage
1736: J. F., L. M. &c
1740: Samuel Richardson
1748: Samuel Richardson
1750: T. L.
1780: Thomas Davies
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1801: Arthur Murphy
1804: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1886: Whitwell Elwin
1722: William Congreve
1722: Rev. Laurence Eusden
1722: Ambrose Philips
1722: Alexander Pope
1722: Nicholas Rowe
1722: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1722: Leonard Welsted
1726: Aaron Hill
1727: James Ralph
With modern Strains and tuneful Trifles tir'd,
Poetick Charms my Soul no longer fir'd;
No more I rais'd my Voice in faint Essays,
Nor strove to mimick what I could not praise:
Till yours appear'd, with ev'ry Grace endu'd,
Gave true Delight, and my old Flame renew'd.
Fresh Raptures to my Mind your Scenes infuse;
Teach Verse to charm, and rouse the sleeping Muse;
Who, starting from her Trance, addresses you,
Her first-fruit Off'rings are at least your Due.
So teach the rising Larks — the warbling Throng
First hail the Sun, who wak'd them to the Song.
SHAKESPEAR, whom All admire, Few understand,
By others marr'd, comes mended from your Hand,
What higher Praise can wait upon your Thoughts,
Than that his Beauties are esteem'd your Faults?
High was that Chief in Classic Tale renown'd,
Who made Rome Marble, which he Brick-work found:
Nor less your Fame which from this Piece is told,
You found it Copper, and you made it Gold.
Accept this Homage which a Stranger pays,
Unconscious who it is deserves the Praise;
Who feels his Heart with Admiration glow,
Nor knows the wondrous Man who charms him so.
Since thus the fam'd Athenian's Zeal was shown,
Who built an Altar to the God unknown.