ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Joseph Highmore, "To Miss S— H—, desiring her Parrot might be the Subject of a Poem" Gentleman's Magazine 20 (April 1750) 180-81.
1750 ca.: Thomas Edwards
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Samuel Richardson
1750: Joseph Highmore
1752: Thomas Edwards
1755: Bonnell Thornton
1755 ca.: Hester Mulso Chapone
1756: Bonnell Thornton
1760 ca.: Rev. John Duncombe
1784: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1804: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
1750: Susanna Duncombe
1760: Rev. Joseph Spence
You say, my gayly sportive muse,
In wanton play, does sometimes choose
Small subjects to extol;
In verse shall Brue and Cato shine,
And yet no tributary line,
What nothing for poor Poll?
Shall dogs and cats engross thy lays?
Must such alone have all the praise?
Proud minions these of fame,
Whilst Poll's in gilded prison hung,
Singing to all (himself unsung)
Pho! out! oh! fie for shame!
Would you, as modish lovers do,
Successfully the fair one woo,
Like them observe the vogue:
Her fav'rite squirrel then caress,
Tho' sharp he bites; and Poll address,
Tho' Poll's a saucy rogue.
Fair nymph! whate'er you deign to ask,
Pleas'd I embrace the willing task,
Proudly the favour boast.
Thy smile's to me a greater treat,
Than for thy bird his banquet sweet,
For Poll his sack and toast.
But let no fopling wit, admir'd,
For repartee, and love acquir'd,
From nurses fable fraught,
Presume (as taught by Poll) to say
Full dear you'll buy the trifling lay,
To give the knave a groat.
Let wiser Poll pronounce th' award,
I ask not, wish not, more reward
Than what from him you hear;
Do thou my happy labours pay,
As oft as he directs each day,
Come buss, my pretty dear!