ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
A Lady, "Ode on Milton, addressed to the Lord Bishop of London" General Evening Post (18 January 1785).
1674: Andrew Marvell
1674 ca.: Thomas Ellwood
1688: John Dryden
1690: Thomas D'Urfey
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1694: Joseph Addison
1694: Matthew Prior
1699: Samuel Say
1700: Henry Hall
1700: Samuel Cobb
1701: Matthew Prior
1708: Rev. Thomas Yalden
1709: Rev. Isaac Watts
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1712: Bezaleel Morrice
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1714: John Hughes
1717: Bp. Francis Atterbury
1720 ca.: Ambrose Philips
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1725 ca.: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1728: James Ralph
1730: Aaron Hill
1731: Isaac Thompson
1736: G. W.
1737: Alexander Pope
1740: William Shenstone
1745: Rev. Sneyd Davies
1746: William Collins
1747: William Collins
1748: T. F.
1749: F. W.
1750 ca.: William Oldys
1752: S. S. S.
1755: Robert Lloyd
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1756: J. H.
1758: G. G.
1759: M. M.
1762: William Whitehead
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1766: Robert Andrews of Bridgenorth
1770 ca.: Sir William Jones
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1774: W. H.
1776: James Beattie
1777: N. N. D.
1782: William Hayley
1785: John Pinkerton
1785: A Lady
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1792: John Bennet
1793: William Cowper
1793: J. Laws
1795 ca.: John Blair Linn
1798: A. M.
1799: William Seward
1799: William Roscoe
1800: Thomas Green
1802: William Wordsworth
1803: George Dyer
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1810: R. Rylance
1810: Rev. S. B
1810: James Jennings
1812: William Henry Ireland
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1815: Robert Southey
1817: Richard Hatt
1819: Lord Byron
1819: Thomas Mulock
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: W. W.
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: John Abraham Heraud
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: James Gates Percival
1827: F. S. E.
1828: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: George Wallingford Clarke
1830: John Abraham Heraud
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1830: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1863: George Daniel
1880: Mark Pattison
1882: Epes Sargent
1899: Henry A. Beers
1744: Alexander Pope
1761: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1763 ca.: William Shenstone
1768: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1770: James Beattie
1775: Rev. Robert Colvill
1778: Richard Tickell
1781: Rev. Charles Churchill
1785: Lady Sophia Burrell
1785: John Milton
1786: Samuel Johnson
1786: Dr. John Wolcot
1787: William Cowper
1790: David Humphreys
1794: Charlotte Smith
1796: Robert Burns
1796: William Hayley
1797: Elizabeth Montagu
1811: Edward Jerningham
1817: Bp. Richard Mant
1820: John Clare
1820: Rev. John Wesley
Hail, happy bard! with glorious thoughts inspir'd!
Immortal themes thy lofty judgment fir'd;
Thy soul with sweet, celestial strains was won,
While secret powers led thy fancy on:
In tuneful clusters Cherubs round thee hung,
And lent new graces as the Poet sung.
Oh thou poetic prince of graceful ease!
Whose seraph notes, e'en savage minds can please;
In the smooth numbers of thy verse we stray,
Thro' sable mazes, to eternal day,
Where on the rosy beams of bliss we soar,
And the sweet plains of PARADISE explore.
Still as we read, our senses more refin'd,
A glow of rapture animates the mind;
Impress'd with beauties rising to our view,
With eager haste the pleasing tracks pursue:
First of thy race that trod the hallow'd ground,
And gain'd the top of Sion's sacred mound,
Or dar'd with soul sublime attempt the lyre,
That lights the mystic torch of gospel fire.
Had the Almighty King, enthron'd in state,
Reveal'd the hidden mysteries of fate,
Unfurl'd the clouds, unveil'd th' exanded sky,
And stood confess'd a god to mortals' eye;
Descending deign'd, in voice celestial, rare,
The wond'rous story of the fallen pair;
A secret long to angel knowledge given,
Lock'd in the bosoms of the blest in heaven;
In MILTON'S phrase, the Sovereign Lord of Grace,
Had taught the sacred facts to human race.
No more shall Pagan Poetry decoy
Our riper judgment to the feasts of Troy;
To Greece and Rome such mortal themes belong;
More perfect truths beam forth in MILTON'S song.
How poor that painter's skill, how unrefin'd,
Who drew the meditating poet blind?
His thoughts beyond weak nature ne'er aspir'd,
He knew not MILTON'S light to Heaven retir'd!
As round the world, the sight of PHOEBUS plays,
In diff'rent quarters darts refulgent rays,
To Eastern climes he moves in awful plight,
And lights a blaze of glory in their sight;
So MILTON'S orbs, eclips'd to human eye,
Blaz'd in meridian flame beyond the sky;
His lamps of light in higher regions burn'd,
From earthly sparks, to heav'nly glory turn'd!