ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Smith of Covent Garden
R. W., "Theatrical Acrostic Number X." Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 October 1782).
William Smith of Covent Garden:
1761: Rev. Charles Churchill
1782: R. W.
1788: Francis Godolphin Waldron
1789: John Williams
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Richard Cumberland
1817: John Taylor Esq.
1819: John Taylor Esq.
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1782: William Smith of Covent Garden
1827: Letitia Elizabeth Landon
W hen you in Charles essay the heart to please,
I mmensely great — your ev'ry movement's ease.
L ed by Thalia — you with smiles pursue,
L ife's airy parts to love's meander true.
I n Hotspur, view the hero lost to shame,
A headless traitor wreathes your brow with fame.
M acbeth — his hands embru'd in Monarch's blood,
S mith well pourtrays, tho' 'gainst the common good.
M indful of nature — Joy, or grief, or shame,
I ll, good, hope, fear, or envy, all's the same.
T ender in love, and eminent in rage,
H ands to applaud you, always will engage.