ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To the Heroic, Pindaric, Lyric, and Pastoral Poets" Dublin Journal (15 April 1746).
1741: R. N. Esq.
1742: Alexander Pope
1746: T. B.
1746: Thomas Sheridan
1746: Henry Jones
1754: Nathaniel Weekes
1767: Michael Clancy
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1772: Soame Jenyns
1774: Samuel Johnson
1774: James Beattie
1774: Elizabeth Carter
1777: J. F.
1777: Elizabeth Carter
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Cowper
1783: Edmond Malone
1785: Thomas Clio Rickman
1787: Elizabeth Montagu
1790: Robert Burns
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1814: George Dyer
1814: Horace Twiss
1833: Thomas Babington Macaulay
All Folks have Faith in Satyr, but how few
Read Panegyricks, or believe them true?
Good Pliny, Trajan's Fariend, To-day would pass
For a low, fulsom, and pedantic Ass.
The Reason's plain: Brave, noble, just, and wise,
Are Words of Course, which Codrus misapplies;
For Names of Virtues in a Scribler's Hands
Imports Advowsons, Perquisites, and Lands;
And hence the gentle Reader smoaks, his Grace
Wants Fame, as much, as Codrus wants a Place.
But Merit, by the Public Voice confest,
Of Praise, or Satyr, well endues the Test.
Hear this, Hibernian Poets! and commend,
Or blame, our much belov'd, much honour'd Friend:
Down from your Garrets, blow the Trump of Fame
At either End; great CHESTERFIELD proclaim,
Nor fear to soil the Splendor of his Name.