ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Elegy on the Death of Dr. Samuel Johnson" Graves, Lucubrations (1786) 216-20.
1737: Gilbert Walmsley
1741: Edward Cave
1750 ca.: Thomas Cooke
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Edward Cave
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1758: William Shenstone
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Robert Lloyd
1765: George Matisson Rothwel
1765: J. T.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: C. M.
1765: Charles Denis
1765: William Kenrick
1766: Rev. Joseph Warton
1766: W. J.
1766: Old Blow the Bellows
1766: C. M.
1769 ca.: Thomas Gray
1770: George Lyttelton
1771: James Beattie
1771: Horace Walpole
1772: A. C.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1775: An Englishman
1775: William Woty
1775: George Colman
1775: U GIO
1776: William Barnard
1778: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780 ca.: Francis Grose
1781: Horace Walpole
1781 ca.: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: J. D.
1781: Rev. William Tasker
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1784: William Cowper
1784: William Woty
1784: H. K.
1784: J. D.
1784: John Hoole
1784: Anna Seward
1784: A. W.
1784: J. B-e
1785 ca.: William Julius Mickle
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. George Butt
1785: E. T. P.
1785: W. W-y-.
1785: Rev. James Fordyce
1785: J. E.
1785: Mr. Arrowsmith
1785: B. Walwyn
1785: A. L.
1786: A Lady
1786: Soame Jenyns
1786: John Courtenay
1786: George Colman
1786: Old Salusbury Briar
1786: Gilbert Horne
1786: James Boswell
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1787: George Colman
1787: Miss Bruce
1788: O. L. M.
1788: Rev. Richard Graves
1789: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1790 ca.: Horace Walpole
1790: Anna Seward
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1791: Rev. Bryan Waller
1791: Francis Garden
1792: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1796: Anna Seward
1796: Anna Seward
1797: George Dyer
1798: Thomas Green
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1799 ca.: Alexander Chalmers
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1802: Rev. Henry Kett
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Dr. John Wolcot
1814: Sir George Beaumont
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: William Hazlitt
1822: William Cook
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1825: John Taylor Esq.
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson Croker
1831: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1835: Robert Southey
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: W. J. Courthope
Rev. Richard Graves:
1750 ca.: William Shenstone
1756: Robert Dodsley
1760: William Shenstone
1763: William Shenstone
1766: Dr. Henry Harington
1766: William Melmoth
1766: John Milton
1766: Sir Walter Raleigh
1771: William Shenstone
1774: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde
1776: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde
1780: Christopher Anstey
1780: Elizabeth Montagu
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Jane Bowdler
1786: Samuel Johnson
1788: Samuel Johnson
1804: Samuel Jackson Pratt
Mature in age, with fame, with honour crown'd,
For virtue reverenc'd, as for wit renown'd;
Whose bosom glow'd with purest precepts fraught;
Whose life express'd each precept which he taught.
Such Johnson was — but is, alas! no more!
Let Literature herself the loss deplore;
With Piety and Virtue by her side,
In sable mourn their guardian and their pride.
Though life is frail, all human glories vain,
Yet Johnson's bays unfaded shall remain;
His works survive, to future ages dear,
And latest times his memory revere;
Who first from fashion's laws our language freed
(A task, where none but Johnson could succeed;)
With genius, taste, and erudition join'd,
Each term abstruse, each dubious phrase defin'd,
And fix'd the standard of that wavering tongue,
In which himself had written — Pope had sung.
As plann'd by him, e'en dictionaries please;
He moral truths has taught with classic ease:
Add, that his writings blend, thro' every page,
The christian hero, and the learned sage.
Our Poets' works, with critic skill he weigh'd,
Their faults, their beauties, and their lives display'd.
From him, to judge with freedom we may learn,
And solid sense from empty sound discern.
Himself correct, he hardly knew to spare
Those bards, who boldly vend unfinish'd ware.
Unaw'd by names, if by too rigid laws
Some bards he judg'd, who merit just applause,
With equal candour, by a gentler test,
He others tried, whom rival wits oppress'd.
E'en Watts and Blackmore, whose flat strains abound
With pious traits, in him a patron found.
But while we justly praise what Johnson wrote,
Are then his humble charities forgot?
Himself not rich, he shar'd his slender store
With those who were, but ought not to be, poor;
Sought modest merit, in its dark abode,
The naked cloth'd, and gave the hungry food.
Nor were his friendships less his joy or pride,
With whom in friendship Garrick liv'd and died.
And Reynolds, doom'd, alas! his friend to mourn,
And deck with cypress wreaths his hallow'd urn;
Whose matchless skill has done, what painting can,
That those who read his works, may view the man.
Nor, Thurlow, thou disdain thy meed of praise,
Whose bounty strove thy drooping friend to raise,
If haply warmer climes might yet restore
That health, which medicine could assist no more.
Stern foe to vice, by virtue's friends caress'd,
Thus Johnson liv'd, with learned leisure blest;
Happy through life, yet happier in his end,
Who, dying, claim'd his Saviour for his friend.
Ob. 13 Dec. 1784.