ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Samuel Johnson, LL.D." Poems (1779) 1-4.
1737: Gilbert Walmsley
1741: Edward Cave
1750 ca.: Thomas Cooke
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Edward Cave
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1758: William Shenstone
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Robert Lloyd
1765: George Matisson Rothwel
1765: J. T.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: C. M.
1765: Charles Denis
1765: William Kenrick
1766: Rev. Joseph Warton
1766: W. J.
1766: Old Blow the Bellows
1766: C. M.
1769 ca.: Thomas Gray
1770: George Lyttelton
1771: James Beattie
1771: Horace Walpole
1772: A. C.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1775: An Englishman
1775: William Woty
1775: George Colman
1775: U GIO
1776: William Barnard
1778: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780 ca.: Francis Grose
1781: Horace Walpole
1781 ca.: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: J. D.
1781: Rev. William Tasker
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1784: William Cowper
1784: William Woty
1784: H. K.
1784: J. D.
1784: John Hoole
1784: Anna Seward
1784: A. W.
1784: J. B-e
1785 ca.: William Julius Mickle
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. George Butt
1785: E. T. P.
1785: W. W-y-.
1785: Rev. James Fordyce
1785: J. E.
1785: Mr. Arrowsmith
1785: B. Walwyn
1785: A. L.
1786: A Lady
1786: Soame Jenyns
1786: John Courtenay
1786: George Colman
1786: Old Salusbury Briar
1786: Gilbert Horne
1786: James Boswell
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1787: George Colman
1787: Miss Bruce
1788: O. L. M.
1788: Rev. Richard Graves
1789: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1790 ca.: Horace Walpole
1790: Anna Seward
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1791: Rev. Bryan Waller
1791: Francis Garden
1792: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1796: Anna Seward
1796: Anna Seward
1797: George Dyer
1798: Thomas Green
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1799 ca.: Alexander Chalmers
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1802: Rev. Henry Kett
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Dr. John Wolcot
1814: Sir George Beaumont
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: William Hazlitt
1822: William Cook
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1825: John Taylor Esq.
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson Croker
1831: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1835: Robert Southey
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: W. J. Courthope
Rev. Thomas Maurice:
1776: William Shenstone
1779: Samuel Johnson
1779: Sir William Jones
1779: Bp. Thomas Percy
1787: Bp. Beilby Porteus
1795: Sir William Jones
1800: Richard Westall
1820: Rev. Samuel Dennis
While Britain's lofty bards his thoughts engage,
Will Johnson smile on this ignoble page?
From thee her flame my infant fancy caught,
And kindled at thy page the glowing thought;
Learn'd, by thy light, her steady course to guide,
Tempt the rough shore, and brave the deepening tide.
What equal tribute shall the muse prepare;
What heights of rapid song unusual dare?
But when her hand hath swept the noblest wires,
Above her boldest flights thy praise aspires:
The wise, the virtuous venerate thy name;
This is thy praise, and this the noblest fame.
O truly great! whose generous, active mind
Scorns ev'ry labour but to bless mankind!
Thine the high task a nation to reform,
The rising race with virtuous hopes to warm;
With folly's sons eternal war to wage,
And lash the crimes of an abandon'd age.
Beset with ills, oppress'd by nameless woes,
Superior to their rage, thy genius rose:
Unable these to crush thy great design,
To damp thy piety, thy thoughts confine!
On wealth, and power, thy steadfast soul looks down,
Regardless if the mighty smile or frown.
Guilt is thy foe, guilt open, or conceal'd,
And none are safe whom virtue does not shield:
When in her cause tho draw'st the righteous sword,
It wounds, alike, the peasant and the lord.
By thee refin'd, to full perfection brought,
We rival Greece in language, as in thought;
Genius soars bolder, fancy brighter shines,
And manlier vigour animates our lines.
Let blockheads rail, whose precepts, wisely, teach
To call "obscure," what dullness cannot reach:
Thy labour'd volume claims our noblest praise,
That loftier sense in loftier sound conveys.
How sweet, how strong, the polish'd periods roll,
With thoughts that rouze, transport, convince the soul!
But there are some, the steady foes of worth,
Still prompt to give the embryo falshood birth,
Who strive to blacken thy illustrious name,
By each mean art that dark revenge can frame;
Attack the firmness of an honest heart,
That scorns, alike, the knave's or villain's part;
Faction's base sons, who principle disdain,
Or know no principle, but that of gain?
If such there are, ev'n these thou can'st despise,
Ev'n these thy fix'd integrity defies:
Thy fame shall flourish when their mem'ries rot,
Their rage, their writings, like their names, forgot.
What bold, ambitious hopes, my bosom warm,
Oft as my eyes behold thy honour'd form;
While all the labours of thy life I trace,
Thy glory, and the glory of our race!
Thy mind, retaining still her wonted fires,
With added years increasing strength acquires:
Vig'rous, as when to Juvenal's manly page
Thy muse congenial gave rekindled rage.
But thy ambition boasts a nobler aim,
Than man's applauses, and the bubble, fame;
Anxious to gain, and eager to secure,
That brighter meed to patient virtue sure;
Thine are the joys, that animate the just,
And lift the soul above its kindred dust:
Ev'n here, the dazzling scenes entrance thy sight,
While conscience gives a seraph's pure delight.