ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Th. C., "To the impartiall Author" in Wither, Abuses Stript and Whipt (1622) Sig. B5.
1614: John Taylor the Water Poet
1615: Richard Brathwait
1616: William Browne of Tavistock
1622: Th. C.
1625: T. G.
1633: Sr. T. I.
1640 ca.: Thomas Beedome
1645: John Taylor the Water Poet
1646: Samuel Sheppard
1649: Samuel Sheppard
1681: Richard Baxter
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1728: Alexander Pope
1781: Rev. Thomas Warton
1785: Alexander Dalrymple
1800: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1806: Joseph Dennie
1807: Thomas Park
1812: Thomas Park
1814: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1836: Richard Cattermole
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1847: Edward Farr
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: W. T. Arnold
1882: Epes Sargent
1895: W. J. Courthope
1910: Charles Mills Gayley
1622: George Wither
George; I did ever thinke thy faithfull breast
Contain'd a minde beyond the common sort;
Thy very looke and honest heart exprest,
And seem'd an awfull mildnesse to import.
Poets may vaunt of smooth and lofty straines;
Thine with thy subject fitly doe agree.
But then thy Muse a better praise obtaines,
For whilst the greatest but Time-pleasures be,
Thou unappald and freely speak'st the truth;
Not any one for feare or lucre sparing:
A vertue rare in age, more rare in youth;
Another Cato, but I thinke more daring.
Well maist thou speed in these tempestuous times;
Thou soone beginst to make the world thy foe,
Yet I so well doe like thine honest Rimes,
That I could wish all Poets would write so:
For thou the way of truth so rightly tend'st,
I hold them double prais'd whom thou commend'st.
Thy deare friend,