ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Verses to Henry Fuseli, Esq. R.A. on his Series of Pictures from the Poetical Works of Milton" The Morning Chronicle (20 June 1799).
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
1771: William Shenstone
1792: Edmund Burke
1796: Robert Burns
1797: Robert Burns
1799: John Milton
1800: Robert Burns
1803: Thomas James Mathias
1816: John Wilson
1830 ca.: Oliver Goldsmith
1830: Samuel Rogers
Spirit of Him who wing'd his daring flight
Tow'rds the pure confines of primaeval light,
Say, whilst this nether World thy power's confin'd,
Weak Child of Dust, frail Offspring of Mankind,
Thy destin'd barrier this terrestrial mound,
Th' incumbent vault of Heav'n thine upward bound,
Thy means the common energies of Man,
Thy life a Shadow and thy years a Span,
How couldst thou, struggling with opposing Fate,
Burst thro' the limits of this mortal state?
Thence, soaring high, pursue with steadfast Fate,
The op'ning wonders of th' empyreal blaze,
Where countless Seraphs pour in burning zone
Concentric Glories round th' eternal Throne?
Or hear, and hearing live, the dread alarms
Of Heav'nly War, and Cherubim in arms?
See in th' abyss the proud Apostate hurl'd,
And rising into light, the infant World?
Fav'rite of Heav'n, 'twas thine on Mortal eyes
To pour these Visions, rich with Rainbow dies;
Peopling the void of space with Forms unseen—
Rising from BEING to what MIGHT HAVE BEEN!
Nor he not breathes a portion of thy fire,
Who "bids the Pencil answer to the Lyre,"
Marks the bright Phantoms at their proudest height,
And with determin'd hand arrests their flight;
Bids SHADOWY Forms SUBSTANTIAL shape assume,
For toils like these whate'er the meed divine,
That glorious meed, my FUSELI, is thine,
Who first to Truths embodied fulness wrought—
The glowing outline of the Poet's thought!
Artist sublime, whose Pencil knows to trace
The early wonders of thy kindred race,
Not thine to teach th' historian's scanty page,
High deeds of cultur'd Greece or conqu'ring Rome;
Of Hope, Aversion, Pity, Rage, or Love:—
Beyond whate'er the Drama's pow'rs can tell,
Alike by clime and ages unconfin'd,
Thou strik'st the chords that vibrate on mankind;
Op'st the dread scenes that Heav'n suspensive ey'd,
Recal'st the joys of Eden's happier prime
Whilst Life was yet unconscious of a crime,
Whilst VIRTUE'S self could PASSION'S glow approve—
'Till, dread reverse, on Man's devoted race
Th' insidious Serpent work'd the dire disgrace!
Then first o'er vanquish'd Man began their reign,
The Fiends of Woe — the Family of Pain!—
Disease the poison'd cup of anguish fills,
And opes the Lazar-house of human ills;
See FRENZY rushes from his burning bed;
See pining ATROPHY declines his head;
See mute DESPAIR that broods o'er Woes unknown,
And MELANCHOLY gaze herself to stone!
Then, pouring forth from Hell's deserted bound,
REVENGE, and FRAUD, and MURDER stalk around;
And MERCY sleeps while JUSTICE rears the rod!
Yet, whilst the bursting deluge from the Earth
Sweeps the rebellious brood of giant birth,
One proud survivor rolls his vengeful eyes—
And with last look the living GOD defies!
But now the Waves again their station keep,
And Vengeance slumbers on th' expansive Deep;
Again, rejoicing, o'er the firm-fix'd Land
The favour'd Patriarch leads his Household band,
With sacred incense bids his Altars blaze,
And pours to GOD the living Song of praise.
Excursive thus the daring Artist soars
Where'er th' immortal Bard his flight explores,
Undazzled shares with him Heav'n's brightest glow,
Or penetrates the boundless depths below,
Or on the sloping Sun-beam joys to ride,
Or falls amidst the uncreated void;
Imbibes a portion of his sacred flame,
Reflects his Genius, and partakes his Fame!