ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Isaac Watts
T. N., "Impromptu, on viewing a Monument in Westminster Abbey, erected to the Memory of the celebrated Dr. Isaac Watts" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (30 November 1781).
Rev. Isaac Watts:
1696: John Hughes
1718: Sir Richard Blackmore
1730 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1737: J. W., aetat 17
1740: J. W.
1741: Mather Byles
1748: Susanna Highmore
1749: Rev. Moses Browne
1749: B. Sowden
1756: Samuel Johnson
1780: Rev. Thomas Gibbons
1781: William Cowper
1781: T. N.
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1799: Thomas Green
1802: George Dyer
1807: Robert Southey
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1843: John Holland
1860: George Gilfillan
1868: George Macdonald
1882: Epes Sargent
1735: Alexander Pope
1781: Rev. Isaac Watts
Hah, WATTS! with rapture I behold thy bust,
Thy venerable shade this fane adorn;
Thy learned, useful labours all admire,
And ev'ry tribe of Britons thee esteem.
No party zealot, bigot to no sect,
Philanthropy's expanded flame was thine.
Devoted was thy life to useful study,
For man's improvement and his happiness:
Thy fine thoughts, cloth'd in elegance of stile,
Support the weak, strengthen the feeble mind,
Instruct th' untutor'd, and confirm the wise.
High literary glory, WATTS, was thine,
And that's the summit of all human fame.
Thy talents with humility were crown'd;
Thy soul serene, and happy in itself:
With candour grac'd, no sect you e'er condemn'd.
This much-lov'd pile, this venerable fane,
Where many fav'rite British worthies rest,
The gen'ral wish was, that thy tomb should grace—
Thy mausoleum, friend, to merit rais'd,
Honour'd themselves, because they honour'd thee.