ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Lines occasioned by Lord Byron's 'Fare thee Well,' and 'Sketch of Private Character'" The Sun (30 April 1816).
1808: Hewson Clarke
1808: Henry Brougham
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1810: Robert Southey
1810: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1811: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1811: John Murray
1812: Henry Crabb Robinson
1812: Mary Russell Mitford
1812: Granville Penn
1812: Sarah S. Pugh
1812: B. B.
1812: George Ellis
1812: Francis Jeffrey
1812: Thomas Denman
1812: Chandos Leigh
1813: J. C. Blaby
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: A Lady of Boston
1813: Henry Gally Knight
1814: George Daniel
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: H. S. B.
1814: T. C. Holland
1814: B. B.
1814: Unus Multorum
1814: Tom Tit
1814: James Hogg
1815: James Hogg
1815: T. Dutton
1815: Robert Gilmour
1815: C. S.
1815: C. S.
1815: John Taylor Esq.
1815: W. J. Extempore
1815: George Ticknor
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1816: John Murray
1816: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1816: Leigh Hunt
1816: George Taylor
1816: Thomas Stott
1816: Sir Walter Scott
1816: Francis Jeffrey
1816: Chandos Leigh
1817: John Chalk Claris
1817: A Lady of Glasgow
1817: John Neal
1818: Sir Walter Scott
1818: John Chalk Claris
1818: P. G. Patmore
1818: Mr. Rymer
1818 ca.: Elizabeth Cobbold
1818: An Old Friend
1818: Sir Walter Scott
1818: John Wilson
1818: Chandos Leigh
1818: Rev. Barton Bouchier
1819: John Keats
1819: Rev. Lionel Thomas Berguer
1819: William Gifford
1820: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1820: Charles Lamb
1820: William Wordsworth
1820: David Carey
1820: Thomas Mulock
1820: John Wilson Croker
1821: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1821: John Scott
1821: Bryan Waller Procter
1821: W. H. S.
1821: George Milner
1822: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1822: John Graham of Lifford
1822: James Harley
1822: Robert S. Coffin
1822: G. G-m
1823: Frances Wright
1823: J. H.
1824: Eleanor Dickinson
1824: Sir Walter Scott
1824: Richard Hatt
1824: A Harrow School-Fellow
1824: J. J. Leathwick
1824: Thomas Charleton Smith
1824: John Dodderidge Humphreys
1824: Nathaniel Hazeltine Carter
1824: Bernard M. Carter
1824: Rev. Carlos Wilcox
1824: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
1824: Dr. James McHenry
1824: T. W. R.
1824: James Gordon Brooks
1824: Charles Sprague
1824: Robert Southey
1824: Dabney Carr Terrell
1824: Thomas Haynes Bayly
1824: J. S. W.
1824: Thomas Stott
1824: Thomas Stott
1824: W. P. B.
1824: Matthew Gregory Lewis
1824: J. B.
1824: John Taylor Esq.
1824: Sarah S. Pugh
1825: William Hazlitt
1825: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1825: Thomas Enort Smith
1825: Hugh Brown
1825: Charles Caleb Colton
1825: Sophia Hyatt
1825: Charles Symmons
1825: Elisha Tatham
1826: George Lunt
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: James Hogg
1827: C. T. R.
1827: M. A. B., aged 14
1828: Leigh Hunt
1828: Walter Savage Landor
1828: Rev. George Croly
1828: H. Cox
1829: Mary Howitt
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1829: Rev. Oliver William Bourne Peabody
1829: James Gordon Brooks
1830: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1830: Felicia Hemans
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: John Herman Merivale
1830: C. H.
1830: Mary Shelley
1830: John Wilson Croker
1830: William Kennedy
1831: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson
1831: Willis Gaylord Clark
1831: Henry Gally Knight
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Abraham Heraud
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Alaric Alexander Watts
1833: Allan Cunningham
1837: Caroline Norton
1839: Chandos Leigh
1842: Robert Story
1843: John Holland
1846: John Dix
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1857: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
1873: Joseph Devey
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: John Addington Symonds
1891: Samuel Smiles
1893: George Saintsbury
'Tis true, as Burke long since indignant said,
The Age of Chivalry indeed is fled.
Britons attend — a Poet and a Peer
Wakes to his descant loud the public ear.
What mighty themes his eloquence inspire?
For what high purpose doth he strike the lyre?
Is it the deeds of Heroes to rehearse,
And fire their sons to glory in his verse?
To bid a people break Oppression's rod?
To sing the praises of his King or God?
To warn the few, whom Providence hath blest
With rank and power, of what they owe the rest?
Urge wealthy Avarice to unclose her hand,
And pour her bounty o'er a suffering land?—
Not so — the Peer invokes his Muse's aid,
To wound a virtuous Wife and Servant Maid.
What means that plaintive tone — as if the wife
Had call'd her husband to the wordy strife?
That whine of pain from blows, which more "disgraced
As coming from the arm that had embraced"?
What blow was aimed by her, who only fled
When shame and fear had driven her from thy bed?
Nor cry nor plaint from her the public heard;
Nor sympathy she claimed, nor change preferred;
In silence bore her wrongs, and wept her woes;
Or told the hated tale alone to those
Whose help she needed in the rugged road
Thy cruel hand with sharpest thorns had strew'd.
Much injured Dame, thou might'st indeed complain,
(Did not meek modesty thy tongue restrain,)
Thou might'st complain, that by a husband's hand
Thy name was made a story through the land,
Thee, in an evil hour, did Pity move
To over-rate the powers of virtuous love—
Full dearly hast thou rued, with sorest smart,
This venial error of a noble heart;
From thee let Albion's daughters warning take,
Nor trust in marriage to reform a rake.
But he, not thou, a second time deceived
By him, who once thy inmost soul hath grieved;
Heed not the wailings of the canting strain,
Which seeks to lure thee to his arms again.
Religion bids her votaries forgive,
But bids not with the Sons of Vice to live.
Forgiveness doth he name, who fills the page
With the wild ravings of distempered rage?
Who (such the hate that rancles in his breast)
Would make the grave itself no place of rest;
Would close the gates of highest Heaven on prayer;
And bid e'en trembling penitence despair.
Vain man! these monstrous feelings to proclaim,
And think such sentiments can win thee fame—
Thyself the slave of passion thus to brand,
And vent such frenzy in a christian land.
What learn we of the menial, whom thy verse
Loads with invective soul and impious curse?
Save that in humblest circle while she moved,
By those she served her service was approved—
By them above her fellows she was raised;
By thee in bitterness of gall dispraised.
(Her name in future times, as now unknown,)
The filth which at her head thy hand hath thrown,
Shall back return, and rest upon thine own.