ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "The Cockney University" St. James's Chronicle (12 July 1825).
1800: Alexander Balfour
1800: J. R.
1800: John Jeffreys
1800: A. B. C.
1801: Leigh Hunt
1801: Alexander Thomson
1804: Thomas Stott
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1807: J. McD.
1807: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Francis Jeffrey
1809: Archibald Alison
1809: Arthur Owen
1809: Joseph Dennie
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1809: Sir Walter Scott
1809: Francis Jeffrey
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1810: John Gwilliam
1813: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: Mary Russell Mitford
1814: John Gwilliam
1814: Thomas Barnes
1815: William Henry Ireland
1815: Thomas James Mathias
1815: George Ticknor
1818: Lieutenant Hall
1819: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1819: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1819: Richard Henry Dana
1819: Francis Jeffrey
1820 ca.: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1820: P. T. T.
1820: David Carey
1821: Lord Byron
1821: William Blackwood
1821: John Wilson
1821: Alaric Alexander Watts
1821: Thomas Stott
1822: James Harley
1822: Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend
1822: Thomas Stott
1823: A. E. I.
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bernard M. Carter
1824: Margaret Holford
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Sir Walter Scott
1825: William Hazlitt
1825: Rev. Edward Smedley
1826: Sumner Lincoln Fairfield
1827: R. M.
1827: Sarah S. Pugh
1828: Leigh Hunt
1829: Mary Howitt
1829: Rev. Oliver William Bourne Peabody
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: S. E. Jr.
1830: William Maginn
1830: John Wright
1831: Fitz-Greene Halleck
1833: Alaric Alexander Watts
1833: Allan Cunningham
1835: Washington Irving
1836: Henry Crabb Robinson
1845: George Gilfillan
1847: Horace Smith
1848: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1850: Leigh Hunt
1851: Robert Pearse Gillies
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: William Jerdan
1854: Katherine Byerley Thomson
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1873: Joseph Devey
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: Henry Taylor
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
(From the John Bull.)
Tune — "Over the water to Charley."
Come bustle, my neighbours, give over your labours,
Leave digging and delving, and churning:
New lights are preparing to set you a staring,
And fill all your noddles with learning.
Each dustman shall speak, both in Latin and Greek,
And Tinkers beat Bishops in knowledge—
If the opulent tribe will consent to subscribe
To build up a new Cockney College.
We've had bubbles in milk — we've had bubbles in silk,
And bubbles in baths of sea-water;
With other mad schemes, of rail-roads and steams,
Of tombstones, and places for slaughter.
But none are so sure, so snug and secure,
As this for which now we are burning,
For 'tis noble and wise to rub the world's eyes,
And set all the Journeymen learning.
This notable scheme, as we've all of us seen,
To enlighten the stall and the shamble,
Is twin to a dun-coloured dull Magazine,
The offspring of Ritter Bann Campbell—
Has he wedded the Muse (I'm sure he'll excuse
A truth which ought not to be hidden),
To publish such Banns, was the worst of all plans,
Unless he had wished them forbidden.
This College, when formed, established, endowed,
Will astonish each Radical's grannam,
Who may place her young fry in the midst of the crowd
For two pounds ten shillings per annum.
And oh, what a thing, for a lad who climbs flues,
Or for one who picks pockets for purses,
To woo in Ionic and Attic, the Muse,
And make quires of bad Latin verses.
Hackney coachmen from Swift shall reply, if you feel
Annoyed at being needlessly shaken;
And butchers of course will be flippant from Steele,
And pig-drivers well-versed in Bacon—
From Locke shall the Blacksmith's authority crave,
And Gas-men cite Coke at discretion;
Undertakers talk Gay as they go to the Grave,
And Watermen Rowe by profession.
Burdett, who from Oxford received the degree
Which in Scotland procured him such laurels,
Will lecture each Tuesday at half after three,
On manners, and marriage, and morals;
Tom Creevy will teach the poor Sweeps how to dance,
Lord Cochrane shall tutor the Sailors;
On horseback mad Law instruct Beggars to prance,
And Fergusson manage the Taylors!
Pam Brougham shall teach mildness, and patience, and tact,
And respect for the laws and his betters;
And Hume shall instruct them to add and subtract,
While Wood teaches wisdom and letters.
On tactics of war civil Wilson shall speak,
Lord Sefton shall ground them in driving,
And Mackintosh show them three days in the week
The easiest way to be thriving.
From a College like this, what advantage must spring,
What strides will the people be taking;
Each cobler will soon be as good as a King,
And a King, a thing hardly worth making:
The rising of some, and the fall of the rest,
Will bring things at last to their level;
And just as in France, which has suffered the test,
Old England will go to the Devil.