ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To Mr. Thomson on his Tragedy of Sophonisba" Eccho, or Edinburgh Weekly Journal (15 April 1730) 247.
1726 ca.: Aaron Hill
1727: David Mallet
1729: Edward Young
1729: Richard Savage
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1733: Richard Savage
1734: Rev. James De La Cour
1736: Gibert West
1736: Rev. Moses Browne
1736: Alexander Bayne
1746: William Shenstone
1746: Alexander Carlyle
1748: George Lyttelton
1748: Robert Shiels
1748 ca.: Anonymous
1748 ca.: William Shenstone
1748: Rev. James De La Cour
1749: William Collins
1750: George Lyttelton
1750 ca.: Rev. William Thompson
1751: Moses Mendez
1758: G. G.
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1770: J. S.
1770: W. B.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1776: Samuel Johnson
1778: James Beattie
1782: J. Gest of Modbury
1788: Thomas Trotter
1790 ca.: Edmond Malone
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1791: Robert Burns
1791: Mr. William Taylor
1791: Thomas Park
1792: John Corry
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Charles Graham
1797: Thomas Park
1798: Alexander Campbell
1800: Mr. Woods
1802: W. G.
1803: Thomas Clio Rickman
1805: Walter Savage Landor
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: George Noble
1815: William Wordsworth
1816: George Scott
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: A. C. L.
1818: Robert Carruthers
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Allan Cunningham
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: William Wordsworth
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1836: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1836: L. L.
1842: Robert Story
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1894: William Minto
Forgive the Muse, who with unpractis'd String,
And fond Ambition seeks thy Praise to sing;
Pleas'd who beholds thy tow'ring Genius rise,
And sees thy Merit shine in Southern Skies.
When Nature first inspir'd thy early Strain,
To paint the Beauties of the flow'ry Plain,
Th' inchanting Page I read with fond Delight,
And every lively Landskip charm'd my Sight;
Now rais'd by thee, while I again explore,
New Patriots rising on a barbarous Shore,
A beauteous Breast that glows with Love of Fame,
A Female Cato, with a softer Name;
My ravish'd Heart exults in being free,
And burns with Love of sacred Liberty!
Let Rome that Blessing arrogate no more,
The Goddess reigns upon a distant Shore;
And there in all her native Charms confest,
She fires immortal Sophonisba's Breast;
Great Carthage rises from her sacred Tomb,
By thee restor'd, she leaves Oblivion's Tomb,
And emulates again her haughty Rival Rome.
So when great Raphael rose, immortal Man!
With rural Scenes his Pencil first began,
Employ'd all-bounteous Nature's Laws to trace,
And copy still her ever-beauteous Face;
Here paint the Precipice and falling Flood,
There strike the op'ning Vale, and distant Wood;
Till rising in his Skill by just Degrees,
He form'd th' Idea of th' Historic Piece,
Where some great Hero boldly was design'd,
And all th' exalted Passions of the Mind;
Oft Art with Nature, such the generous Strife,
That all the speaking Canvas glow'd with Life:
So just the Draught, we melt at every Touch!
And even forget the Hand that charms so much;
Till by Reflection taught, we feel our Joys,
Still from one great Original arise,
Who follows Nature, moves without Design,
Who follows her like you, like you must shine.