ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To the Author of the Distrest Mother. March the 26th, 1712" Steele, Poetical Miscellanies (1714) 230-31.
1702: Ambrose Philips
1705: Joseph Addison
1709: Sir Richard Steele
1710: Alexander Pope
1711: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1713: Thomas Tickell
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1713 ca.: Alexander Pope
1714: Alexander Pope
1718: Charles Gildon
1722: Matthew Concanen
1723: Leonard Welsted
1725: Thomas Cooke
1725: Richard Savage
1725: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1728: Alexander Pope
1728: An Irish Clergyman
1729: Thomas Cooke
1750: Richard Rolt
1757: Edward Young
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1807: Robert Southey
1811: Lord Byron
1821: Lord Byron
1824: William Hazlitt
1826: Richard Ryan
1860: George Gilfillan
1862: Thomas Arnold
1871: Whitwell Elwin
1880: Edmund Gosse
1882: Epes Sargent
1882: Edmund Gosse
Long have the Writers of this Warlike Age
With human Sacrifices drench'd the Stage;
That scarce one Hero dares demand Applause,
'Till, welt'ring in his Blood, the Ground he gnaw'd;
As if, like Swans, they only could delight
With dying Strains, and, while they please, affright.
Our Philips, though 'twere to oblige the Fair,
Dares not destroy, where Horace bids him spare:
His decent Scene, like that of Greece appears;
No Deaths our Eyes offend, no Fights our Ears.
While he from Nature copies ev'ry Part,
He forms the Judgment, and affects the Heart.
Oft' as Andromache renews her Woe,
The Mothers sadden, and their Eyes o'erflow.
Hermoine, with Love and Rage possest,
Now sooths, now animates each Maiden Breast.
Pyrrhus, triumphant o'er the Trojan Walls,
Is greatly Perjur'd, and as greatly Falls.
Love, and Despair, and Furies are combin'd
In poor Orestes, to distract his Mind.
From first to last Alternate Passions reign;
And we resist the Poet's Will in vain.