ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Samuel Jackson Pratt
Sibylla, "To the Author of Cottage Picture; or, the Poor" Pratt, Cottage Pictures (1803) 3.
Samuel Jackson Pratt:
1778 ca.: William Cole
1781: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: James Beattie
1781: B. Walwyn
1781: Clara Reeve
1781: Edmund Rack
1782: Horace Walpole
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Clara Reeve
1785: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1785: H. S.
1786: Anna Seward
1786: Rev. Mr. Poleskcles
1799: Mary Robinson
1802: William Mavor
1802: William Meyler
1803: Henry James Pye
1803: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1803: John Morfitt
1803: R. B. W-n
1804: Rev. Richard Graves
1805: Anna Seward
1808: Lord Byron
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1809: J. G.
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1810: Mary Russell Mitford
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1815: William Henry Ireland
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1850: John Britton
1952: Mary Alden Hopkins
1803: Samuel Jackson Pratt
Compassion, wandering on fair Albion's shore,
Threw her soft eye-beams o'er Britannia's POOR;
Where hopeless Industry still met her view,
And the chill'd hearth no gleam of comfort knew:
Then pour'd her wishes, that some Angel-Muse,
From her own fame, the generous theme would chuse.
"And is there none," she cried, "no Son of Fame,
Will grace in numbers, humble Misery's claim?
For suffering Rustics, breathe the pensive song,
And mark, in Poesy, the Peasant's Wrong?"
"Thy prayer is heard," (exulting Genius cried,
His bright wand waving as the goddess sigh'd,)
"Oh! there is one on whom my quenchless rays
Lend their pure fire, to animate his lays;
The Bard of 'Sympathy,' with soul benign,
Shall touch with magic force the lyre divine,
To Village-Sorrows lead Attention's eye,
And waft to Pleasure's dome the Poor Man's Sigh.
Mercy shall seek the haunts his strains deplore,
And Pity hail him — 'Poet of the Poor.'"