ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Thomas Francklin, in Translation, a Poem (1754); Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 329.
1747: Elizabeth Montagu
1748: Thomas Gray
1750 ca.: Lord Orrery
1754: Thomas Francklin
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1771: William Cole
1780: Hester Thrale Piozzi
1780: Samuel Johnson
1780: Frances Burney
1781: Mrs. Hayley
1785: William Hayley
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1800: Charles Lamb
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1830: Richard Warner
1754: Abraham Cowley
1754: William Melmoth
1754: Rev. Joseph Trapp
1754: Leonard Welsted
View all that proud antiquity displays,
Count o'er her boasted heirs of endless praise,
Who thought so nobly or who wrote so well,
Britain can shew th' illustrious parallel.
Methinks I hear each venerable shade
For base neglect his genuine sons upbraid.
Why wou'd not Congreve Afer's charms revive,
Or tender Hammond bid Tibullus live?
Plautus had pleas'd in Vanbrugh's looser page,
And Otway should have trod the Graecian stage;
Lucian would shine unveil'd by Swift alone,
And Tully calls in vain for Middleton;
A Livy's sense demands a St. John's style,
And Plato asks a Melmoth or a Boyle.