ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "An Apology to Miss H—h M—e, from the Author of the Ode by Dragon, the House-Dog at Hampton" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (21 May 1777).
1773: John Langhorne
1773: W. H.
1773: W. H.
1776: M. R.
1777: W. H.
1777: T. S.
1778: Samuel Johnson
1778: Rev. William Tasker
1779: T. B****s
1781: Bp. Robert Lowth
1783: Elizabeth Carter
1784: James Beattie
1785: Ann Yearsley
1789: John Williams
1791: Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
1791: A Young Lady
1792: John Bennet
1794: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1795: Elizabeth Montagu
1806: William Forbes
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1809: Sydney Smith
1814: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1815: William Henry Ireland
1819: Leigh Hunt
1822: James Harley
1828: Leigh Hunt
1834: Sara Coleridge
1837: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1846: John Dix
1847: Joseph Cottle
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1857: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Epes Sargent
1883: Eric S. Robertson
Do what you will with my erroneous lays,
Impose on them, O M—e! what fate you please,
And let them perish by the flames or seas.
Wretch that I was! A female breast to sting,
To pluck, without remorse, her muse's wing,
And blast her panegyric in it's spring!
Fondly I thought I saw some flatterer's vein,
The rhimes of Bavius, or that Captain's stain,
Who Grammar with Semiramis hath slain.
Oh! had I known 'gainst whom I aim'd the stroke,
The dart of Satire I myself had broke.
A woman never could my gall provoke.
Flattery should then have been but just applause,
Blunders, quick Fancy, which disdains the laws
Of common sense, and laughs at trivial flaws.
Yes, I repent — nor longer probe the sore—
Think then I aim'd the ridicule before
At Roscius, Maevius, Bavius, — not at M—e.