ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To the excellent Poet Mr. George Withers" Beedome, Poems (1641) sig. G-Gv.
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
1638: Robert Farley
1640 ca.: Rev. John Donne
1640 ca.: George Wither
I never saw thee: but should grossely lie
To say I know thee not, for silly I,
Or one that is more stupid, well may guesse
At what thou art by what thou dost expresse.
Oh! that blest day when first my willing hand
Opt the remembrance of this Sinsicke land:
Trust mee, I griev'd to thinke that now my age,
Had sixteene summers acted on this stage:
Yet was a stranger to so rare a soule
As thine, whose heaven-bred boldnesse durst controle
Without respect of persons, every sinne,
That to thy knowledge had committed bin.
Then next thy Satyres, and thy Motto, I
Made hast to purchase, where I might espie,
How some too base for earth, not worth a name,
Sought by their mire and dirt to clay thy fame.
And credit mee, I hardly could forbeare,
Upon these pittied lines to drop a teare.
But that I know vertue oppos'd by fate,
Lookes greatest (like the Sunne) in lowest state:
When other wits, who have in some base rime,
Imploy'd of late, that they might conquer time;
Shall like those paper toyes, in which they trust,
Be eate by wormes, or molded into dust,
And want a name: thou by thy vertues grac't,
Shall live till earth by fire shall be imbrac't.
Thy unknown well-wisher Th. Beed.