ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Richard Steele
James Heywood, "To Sir Richard Steele, on his Comedy, call'd, The Conscious Lovers" Heywood, Poems and Letters on Several Subjects (1724) 207.
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
1719: Joseph Addison
1724: John Gay
1724: Matthew Prior
1724: Sir Richard Steele
O Steel! thy wondrous Scenes are finely wrought,
Enrich'd with noble Morals, and just Thought.
When Bevil speaks, or Myrtle but appears,
They both attract the Eyes, and charm the Ears,
At Sealand's Feet to see his Daughter lie,
Each tender Heart o're-flows with Tears of Joy:
And with what pleasing Elegance of Dress,
The lowest Scenes of Life dost thou express.
Judicious Thoughts in ev'ry Act Abound,
Instructive, easy, nervous, and profound.
Go on great Poet, to refine the Age,
Enrich our Language, and improve the Stage;
Thy Conscious Lovers will record thy Name,
And coming Ages will applaud thy Fame.