ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Francis Fawkes
, "Epigram, occasion'd by reading a merely descriptive Poem, called Barham-Downs" 1745 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 7:233.
Rev. Francis Fawkes:
1745 ca.: Rev. William Dodd
1760 ca.: A. H. Junior
1761: Rev. William Rider
1771: William Woty
1777: J. C.
1785: William Cowper
1807: Robert Southey
1814: George Dyer
1824: George Dyer
1845: John Holland
1848: John Forster
1860: George Gilfillan
1922: Iolo Williams
Rev. William Dodd:
1745 ca.: Rev. Francis Fawkes
1745 ca.: Sir Richard Steele
1750: Rev. John Duncombe
1750: Susanna Duncombe
1750: Samuel Johnson
Ye Muses, what a nosegay of fine words!
Long lawns, and leafy trees, and warbling birds,
Pinks, pansies, violets, purling rills and groves,
Genii and Dryads, demi-gods and doves.—
Then with what art the liquid numbers flow,
Like trickling fountains, gurgling as they go,
Then how each rhyme nods aptly at his brother,
And every letter linketh with each other!
So soft, so smooth, that, like the poet, we
Ne'er dream of meaning 'midst such melody.
Proceed, blest bard, proceed! and pour along
Thy pleasing insipidity of song;
So shall Apollo, and his sisters nine,
A wreath of poppies round thy temples twine.
* Under this name the writer sarcastically laughs at "Bramham-Park," a poem by the late Mr. Fawkes. D. [John Duncombe]