ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Richard Steele
Thomas Bishop, "To Captain S. on his Poetry" Oxford and Cambridge Miscellany Poems (1708) 119-20.
Sir Richard Steele:
1708: Thomas Bishop
1711 ca.: Anonymous
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1713: Henry Needler
1713: Rev. Jonathan Swift
1714: Thomas Hearne
1714: Rev. Laurence Eusden
1715 ca.: Nathaniel Lloyd
1719: Jane Brereton
1723 ca.: Anonymous
1723: Leonard Welsted
1724: James Heywood
1729: Benjamin Victor
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1731: Isaac Thompson
1745 ca.: Rev. William Dodd
1759: Oliver Goldsmith
1762: Y. X.
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1809: Isaac D'Israeli
1818: William Hazlitt
1831: Leigh Hunt
1843: Lucy Aikin
1853: W. M. Thackeray
1855: Walter Savage Landor
1695 ca.: Charles Gildon
1708: Sir Richard Steele
Till now I own my my partial Kindness sway'd,
And rashly to a gross Mistake betray'd:
I thought our calm Retreat, and peaceful Shade,
To Verse alone could lawful Title plead.
I much admir'd to find a Muse in Arms,
Begot in Camps, and bred amidst Alarms,
I judg'd her like the Hectors of the Age,
Whose Wit is Impudence, and Oaths their Rage.
The Poets might their Fav'rite God allow,
In Peace his tuneful Lyre, in War his Bow;
But sure those jarring Instruments to join,
Requires superiour Force, and Power Divine.
I freely own my Error, since in you,
I find the Hero, and the Poet too:
By double Title you the Lawrel claim,
And wing your daring Flight to endless Fame.