ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Samuel Wesley
Francis Knapp, in "Epistle to Mr. B.," 1705 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 4:289.
Rev. Samuel Wesley:
1693: Nahum Tate
1693: Rev. Luke Milbourne
1700: Samuel Cobb
1705: John Dunton
1705: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1705 ca.: Francis Knapp
1709: Joseph Standen
1730: Alexander Pope
1784: Samuel Badcock
1797: Bp. Richard Hurd
1807: Robert Southey
1814: George Dyer
1871: Whitwell Elwin
1885: John Henry Overton
1705 ca.: Thomas D'Urfey
1705 ca.: Thomas Rymer
1705 ca.: Rev. Samuel Wesley
Dear Friend, I hear that you, of late, are grown
One of those squeamish critics of the town,
That think they have a license to abuse
Each honest author, that pretends to muse.
But be advis'd: why should you spend your time
In Heathenish satire 'cause a fool will rhyme?
Poor harmless Wesley! let him write again,
Be pitied in his old heroic strain;
Let him in reams proclaim himself a dunce,
And break a dozen stationers at once.
What is't to you? Why should you take't amiss,
If Grubstreet's stock'd with tenants? if the press
Is hugely plied, and labours to produce
Some mighty folio, for the chandler's use?
Let Grubstreet scribble on; nor need you care,
Though every garret held a poet there.