ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To Mr. Rowe, on his excellent Works" Poems on Several Occasions: together with some Odes (1703) 51-52.
1701: William Shippen
1703 ca.: Anonymous
1715: Thomas Hearne
1718 ca.: Anonymous
1719: Susanna Centlivre
1719: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1719: Nicholas Amhurst
1720: Giles Jacob
1722: Matthew Concanen
1728: James Ralph
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1820: Isaac D'Israeli
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1862: Thomas Arnold
Forgive me, Sir, if ill my Muse obeys
The Dictates of my Soul, when I would praise
A Man so worthy; nor judge of my Desire
By the dim Spark of my Poetic Fire,
Which much too feebly burns, alas! but can't enspire.
Where Merit's great, all Praises must be due
To him that can the Godlike Muse pursue,
And ramble o'er the Fields of Light like you.
With steddy Eyes preserve Heav'n's glorious Sight,
Nor languid fall to Earth in your Poetic Flight.
Your Diction's good, most elegant your Thought,
All your Designs still naturally wrought;
And this peculiar in your Works we find,
They move with deepest Sense the Passions of the Mind.
Happy the Maid, whose pow'rful Charms can prove
Of Strength sufficient to engage your Love.
Her Name, like Sacharissa's, shall endure
To after-Ages, and her Fame secure
Shall live; whilst most officious Love
Shall strive your Joys to heighten and improve.
May the dear She, in whose clos'd Arms you'd lye,
Have such a Sense of your Desert as I.